About Us

The Organization

CVABE is a community-based, private non-profit, organization.  We have been providing Adult Education and Literacy services to adults and teens throughout Washington, Orange and Lamoille Counties for more than 50 years.

Our Beginnings 

The Economic Opportunity Act passed on August 20, 1964. Title II of that Public Law created the first Adult Basic Education program as a state grant.  That 1964 Federal legislation established a state and federal partnership to focus on the most basic of educational skills for adults who had not completed secondary education.

In 1965, adults in Vermont enrolled in programs known as Adult Basic Education (ABE).  For the first 5 years, night school classes operated autonomously in several high schools in Washington, Lamoille, and Orange Counties. The need for individualized, more accessible instruction became evident and resources expanded to meet the emerging adult literacy and English language learning needs in central Vermont.  Services became available throughout the tri-county service area through increased staff, volunteer and learning center facilities.

Who We Are Today

Today nearly five hundred students, ages 16-90+, receive services annually in all 47 towns and cities of central Vermont.  Services are free, individualized, confidential, and provided through six learning centers (Barre, Montpelier, Waterbury, Morrisville, Bradford, and Randolph) and at job sites, libraries, homes, and other locations.  Students receive instruction in 21st-century skills for life and family, and employment and further education

CVABE's Mission and Programs

CVABE is an organization of students, community members and teachers in Washington, Orange, and Lamoille Counties committed to developing, evaluating and providing accessible literacy instruction for adults and teens in the belief that a literate person has the essential key for self-understanding and for full and active membership in the world.

Our working strategy has two parts for the realization of full literacyproviding basic education instruction for adults and teens and involving the entire community in the encouragement of their efforts.

CVABE’s services ensure that the adults in our service communities have access to free education opportunities in order to obtain the academic skills and knowledge they need to carry out their roles as workers, family and community members.

To ensure high quality services and effective collaborations, we actively participate in local partnerships throughout the tri-county region and beyond.  Our ever-expanding network of partners includes schools, businesses, human services, cultural and civic organizations, government, and the media.  CVABE works together with these partners more fully integrating life-long learning into the framework of the communities we serve.

Our Goal is to open every possible opportunity, for eligible adults in Washington, Lamoille and Orange Counties, through an education in 21st century skills.


We help students to...

Dream big
Believe in themselves
Learn what it takes
Achieve their education and career goals

Our students receive intensive, personalized instruction to find and accentuate their strengths and gain success.  They are taught one-to-one and in small, supportive groups.  Proven teaching methods assist students with achieving their unique learning and life goals.  Students work with a teacher to develop a unique and personalized learning plan. Goal-based education may include skills for getting a high school credential, improving skills for work, or moving on to higher education or a better job.  CVABE tailors its programs to each student’s needs.

Life and Family

  • Reading, writing and math
  • Computer and Internet literacy
  • Financial literacy
  • High school diploma or GED®
  • English Language Learning and U.S. Citizenship
  • Being active in children's literacy: reading to a child, helping with homework, communicating with schools
  • Community/civic involvement
  • Health and legal literacy

Employment &
Further Education

  • High school diploma and GED® programs
  • Reading, writing and math for specific workplace needs (e.g. manufacturing, health care, retail, customer service
  • Computer/digital literacy and certification
  • Work and career planning
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Reading, writing and math brush-ups for those with high school diplomas or a GED®
  • Preparation for college or pre-professional placement exams (e.g. Accuplacer/Praxis I)

Sincere thanks to the following donors who generously supported the development of this website:

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The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust

The Oakland  Foundation