Congressman Chris Jacobs gets award from adult education center – The Livingston County News

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Updated: September 24, 2021 @ 11:41 am
Brendan McDonough/Livingston County News Congressman Chris Jacobs was presented with the Adult Education Champion Award through the National Coolition on Adult Education in Mount Morris on Wednesday.
Brendan McDonough/Livingston County News In addition to receiving an award Congressman Chris Jacobs also took time to talk to students at CORE which is an adult learning center in Mount Morris.

Brendan McDonough/Livingston County News Congressman Chris Jacobs was presented with the Adult Education Champion Award through the National Coolition on Adult Education in Mount Morris on Wednesday.
Brendan McDonough/Livingston County News In addition to receiving an award Congressman Chris Jacobs also took time to talk to students at CORE which is an adult learning center in Mount Morris.
MOUNT MORRIS – Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-Orchard Park, was recently presented with the Adult Education Champion Award through the National Coalition on Adult Education. The award was presented during Jacobs’ visit to CORE, The Learning Center, 22 Chapel St., and recognized Jacobs’ work on helping to get funding released from the state for CORE and other adult education programs.
The Adult Education Champion Award is awarded to legislative leaders for their work advocating for the needs of adult learners. They are awarded as part of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Jacobs received his award Sept. 15.
Some $41 million had been awarded to adult education centers in New York State for Fiscal Year 2021, but had not been released. Jacobs stepped in and was recognized for those efforts.
“It is a real honor and we are really thrilled that we were able to help get this money released. It was really unacceptable. This is federal money that the state has just captured and kept internally,” said Jacobs, whose 27th Congressional District encompasses Erie, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Wyoming, Livingston, Genesee, and Monroe counties.
“Right now, as we have a labor shortage, we want people to be able acquire the skills that they need, so that they can fill jobs and seize their career opportunities,” said Jacobs.
CORE offers classes in adult basic education, English as a second language, college prep, as well as many other programs and services.
The Coalition for Adult Basic Education (COABE) estimates that for every dollar invested in adult education programs, the community is anticipated to receive $60 through an increase in revenue, revenue from property taxes and a decrease in welfare and legal system programs. About 147,000 people across the Buffalo and Western New York area struggle with basic adult education.
“For those students who struggle with reading or whatever, our teachers are that person for them,” said CORE Chief Executive Officer Lisa Lee.
For CORE, it was money that was desperately needed and because of the struggle to get it Lee said the office in Mount Morris almost had to shut down.
“We have been working all year to help raise awareness on adult education and the needs of our students and our communities. It has been really difficult and the funding issues have been extremely difficult in getting the funding released from the state,” said Lee.
For them, she said Jacobs, was there when they needed help the most.
“Congressman Jacobs office was very responsive. They listened, they reached out, they wrote letters and they did everything that they could to help get the funding to the programs across the state,” said Lee.
It is something that Jacobs said he was happy to do and to work hard to make sure that it never happens again.
“It is now more important than ever that their money keeps flowing,” Jacobs said. “We were thrilled that the money was released and we are also amending the law so that the state can no longer play games with federal money.”
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