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§16-63-5  Categories of adult education programs and service. –

Published: 2015

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Adult Education [See Title 16 Chapter 97 – The Rhode Island Board of

Education Act]

SECTION 16-63-5

   § 16-63-5  Categories of adult education

programs and service. –

Programs and services constituting adult education, as defined in §

16-58-2, shall be categorized and defined as follows:

   (1) Category 1. Basic education, which shall consist

of efforts to alleviate illiteracy and provide opportunities for academic

achievement up to grade twelve (12) and which shall include instruction in

reading, writing, arithmetic, literature, social studies, science,

pre-vocational subjects, and other knowledge and skills necessary to cope in

contemporary life; courses in Americanization and citizenship for immigrants;

teaching English to persons with no or limited ability with the language; and

preparation for the demonstration of competencies to qualify for the adult high

school diploma or for examinations to earn the general educational development

or high school equivalency diploma.

   (2) Category 2. Vocational training, which shall

consist of the imparting of knowledge and skills necessary to become gainfully

employed, at least at entry level, in a recognized occupation, and thus attain

economic self-sufficiency, and which shall be conveyed by classroom

instruction, on the job training, apprenticeships, and other appropriate


   (3) Category 3. Higher education, consisting of

opportunities for adults to enter or re-enter universities and colleges,

whether matriculating or nonmatriculating, at undergraduate and graduate

levels, and whether part-time or full-time.

   (4) Category 4. Continuing education in professional

and technological occupations, which shall consist of efforts to insure that

minimum competencies are maintained by persons who are employed in occupations

which bear on the public health, safety, or general welfare, and for which

there are licensing, certification, or other credentialing provisions in the

general laws, and in which those persons shall participate, individually or in

groups, by periodic reviews of fundamental and up to date knowledge and skills,

in-service experience, performance assessment, or other systematic and ongoing

methods, and which may involve earning continuing education units.

   (5) Category 5. General personal development, which

shall consist of any formal or informal activity in the pursuit and development

of avocational, social, cultural, artistic, enrichment, recreational, or other


   (6) Category 6. Public service education, consisting

of efforts, through mass media and by other methods, to inform, educate, and

motivate residents of the state on vital and timely subjects, such as health,

safety, civic affairs, and social concerns and behavior.

   (7) Category 7. Supportive services, which shall

consist of various accommodations intended to facilitate the pursuit of adult

education in any of these specified categories, and which shall include

information, counseling, and other guidance services, financial aid, care of

children and other dependent persons, transportation, and other services.

History of Section.

(P.L. 1981, ch. 416, § 1.)