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EASTCONN’s Kristin Hempel Elected to National COABE Council

EASTCONN is pleased to announce that Kristin Hempel, the agency’s associate director of Adult and Community Programs, has been elected to represent nine Northeastern states on the national Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) council.

EASTCONN was recently notified that Hempel will begin serving a three-year term in July as COABE’s Region 1 Representative for Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

“I am proud to congratulate Kristin Hempel on her election,” said EASTCONN Director of Adult and Community Programs Richard Tariff. “We are confident she will do an excellent job of representing and advocating for adult education programs across the state, the region, and nationally. Her energy, drive, passion and dedication are attributes that have helped EASTCONN’s adult education program become the success that it is today.”

COABE, a non-profit, provides leadership, communication, professional development and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners to advance quality services for all adult learners, nationally and internationally. COABE serves 65,000 adult educators.

“I’m honored to represent my Region 1 colleagues’ adult education programs on this important, national advocacy council,” said Hempel. 

“I look forward to continuing to advocate for the funding and support that will help our educators remove barriers and improve access to learning opportunities for all adults.”

Hempel continued, “Well-executed adult education programs ensure successful outcomes for adult learners, by improving literacy skills and increasing their ability to obtain better jobs. That helps create stability for their communities and brighter futures for their children.”

As Region 1 Representative to COABE, Hempel said she will support efforts to make adult education more accessible by developing mobile learning, technology integration and distance learning; forging new partnerships with workforce leaders to create new job pathways for adult learners; and creating two-generational programming that will engage adult learners across generations.

Learn more about COABE at www.coabe.org.

EASTCONN is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of schools and communities since 1980. To learn more about EASTCONN and its Adult and Community Education Programs, visit www.eastconn.org.