CDE Announcements Archive


Rethink Adult Ed Challenge (sent November 17, 2020)

Dear Adult Education Directors,

You may have interest in this upcoming program.

Enter by November 25: $750,000 challenge is advancing pre-apprenticeships

The U.S. Department of Education’s Rethink Adult Ed Challenge invites AEFLA-funded adult education providers to design innovative and high-quality pre-apprenticeship programs — in any industry, anywhere in the United States.

Submit a preliminary design online by November 25

Adult education providers interested in entering the challenge should complete a Stage 1 submission by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 25. The online submission seeks a preliminary design for a pre-apprenticeship program, including a description of the target learners, the adult education activities the program may provide, and local and national industry needs. To learn more, adult education providers can replay the challenge information session and see answers to frequently asked questions.

Multistage challenge will offer virtual resources and expert support

Finalists selected to join Stage 2 will have access to virtual resources and support to help them refine their designs and develop program proposals. The grand-prize winner will be awarded $250,000, and up to five runners-up will each receive at least $100,000.

To receive future updates, subscribe to the challenge newsletter and follow Ed Prizes on Twitter.


Carolyn Zachry, Ed.D.
Education Administrator and State Director
Adult Education Office
California Department of Education