The IAACE supports SB 234 High School Equivalency Pilot Program.  You may view at www.iga.in.gov Legislation Bills or

Click here to view SB Bill 234 High School Equivalency Pilot Program Bill.

Please show your support as well for SB 234.  It is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, January 22nd.

Rob Moore
IAACE Advocacy Chair


2020 State of the State Address

Gov. Eric Holcomb will deliver the 2020 State of the State Address this evening, January 14, at 7:00 pm. Eastern Standard Time.  You should be able to watch at this link:  http://iga.in.gov/.  At the lower right-hand corner, click on the yellow “Watch Live” button.

Rob Moore
IAACE Advocacy Chair


The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet is holding a series of listening tours around the state.  This would be a great opportunity for the members to hear from us AND OUR PARTNERS, especially our employer-partners.  If you are able, please make plans to attend one of these meetings with a community partner.  When our partners tell our story, it’s much more convincing than if we tell it alone because it validates the value we add to workforce development in our communities.

Rob Moore

IAACE Advocacy Chair

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Staff from the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet will host a series of listening tour meetings across the State of Indiana in an effort to deliver information regarding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2020 State Strategic Plan. The listening tour will include an overview of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, the planning surrounding the development of the state strategic plan, and allow participants to engage in the process. Time will be allotted to discuss barriers Hoosiers are facing, as well as to hear a variety of perspectives from attendees.

Listening Tour Dates – All times are EST

Region 10 – Monday, October 14, 2019: New Albany Central Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 3 – Monday, October 21, 2019: Fort Wayne – Allen County Public Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 8 – Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Elletsville Branch – Monroe County Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 7 – Thursday, October 24, 2019: Vigo County Public Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 4 – Monday, October 28, 2019: West Lafayette Public Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 9 – Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Bartholomew Public Library, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Region 11 – Monday, November 4, 2019: Evansville – Vanderburgh County Public Library – Central, 5pm-7pm

Region 5 & 12 – Wednesday, November 6, 2019: Indianapolis Public Library – Central Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 2 – Wednesday, November 13, 2019: South Bend – Francis Branch Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 6 – Thursday, November 21, 2019: Muncie Public Library – Maring-Hunt, 5pm-7pm

Region 1 – Monday, November 25, 2019: LaPorte Public Library, 5pm-7pm

You may find a map to locate the region in which you live here.

In an effort to ensure ample space for those wishing to attend, the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet invites those interested in participating in a listening tour meeting to sign up here.   

All listening tour dates are open to the public, and do not require an individual to sign up to attend.

If you are unable to attend a listening tour meeting, Hoosiers are welcome to share a written comment with GWC staff by emailing GWCpubliccomment@gov.IN.gov.

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Federal Legislators are Home for Work Period

Members of the federal House and Senate are scheduled for a work period in their districts and the state from September 30 to October 14.  This could be a great time to invite your federal legislators to your adult education program to meet your students, staff, and partners.  Our Representatives and Senators in Congress need to know about who we are, what we do, and whom we serve because federal legislation and the budget affects us and our students.

To find your federal legislators’ contact information, go to https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=IN  and https://www.house.gov/representatives.

Rob Moore

IAACE Advocacy Chair

Meet Our Lobbyist

IAACE Advocacy Workgroup

​Region 1: Cynthia Warner-Lowe
Regions 2 and 3: Caroline Foster
Region 4 and 6: Lisa Cruea
Region 5 and 12: Lara Pastore and Natalie Reuter
Regions 7, 8, 9, 10,  and 11:  Rob Moore

​Joseph E. Loftus Partner Barnes & Thornburg

  • Indianapolis
    11 South Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

Joseph Loftus is a partner in the Indianapolis, Indiana office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. He practices as a member of the firm’s Government Services and Finance Department and co-chairs the Public Policy Practice Group.

Mr. Loftus’ government services practice includes advising government and business clients in developing legislative and executive strategies for effectively advocating their interests before state and local legislative and administrative bodies. In addition, Mr. Loftus advises business clients regarding state and local procurement laws and administrative practices. Mr. Loftus also represents both governments and businesses in negotiating public private partnership agreements that have led to the outsourcing of government operations and facilities.

Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Mr. Loftus was the senior deputy mayor of the City of Indianapolis and, before that, the chief advisor to the House Ways & Means Committee of the Indiana General Assembly.
Mr. Loftus’ community involvement includes the following board memberships: Indiana State Chamber of Commerce; Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce; Indiana State Museum; Indiana Sports Corporation; Indiana Manufacturers Association; and the Dean’s Distinguished Alumni Council, IUSPEA.

Mr. Loftus received the Government Relations Lawyer of the Year award from Best Lawyers in 2011 and 2015, and the Lawyer of the Year award for Gaming Law in 2014 and is annually recognized on The Best Lawyers in America list. He received an M.S. in public finance from Indiana University in 1978 and a J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1983. Mr. Loftus is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana.

Bio from http://www.btlaw.com/Joseph-E-Loftus/

Educate & Elevate

Some 55,000+ adult education leaders stand united in a national campaign to educate America about the importance of Adult Education in advancing career and college readiness for millions of people.

We urge policy makers to stay informed on our successes and to fund Adult
Education at the $649 million level as called for in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act enacted in 2014. Check out our page on the Educate and Elevate website (here) and view Indiana’s successes and innovations.

If you have a story, testimonial or innovation to submit you may submit them by emailing iaace2@gmail.com or by going to the Educate & Elevate website. Click on the links below to complete a brief online form and instructions for submissions.

  • Success Story— a narrative that shares the challenge(s), solution(s), and outcome(s) of a student or employer.
  • Customer Testimonial— a first-person quote from a student about how adult education supported their goals and dreams and/or from an employer who had a great experience with an adult education organization and/or an adult learner.
  • Innovation— a narrative summary of an adult education program, project, or initiative that you believe has been innovative in helping students, employers, and/or your community.

The power of these collective stories across the nation will inspire and inform policy makers, business leaders, community leaders and many more!

Advocacy on behalf of Indiana adult education can take many forms – interacting with IAACE online, inviting a community partner to visit your program, sharing a student story with your legislator. We aim to provide you with tools to help you incorporate advocacy in easy and effective ways. Join us in making the importance of adult ed known!

Below are various resources to help you advocate for adult education. Additional resources will be added and please let us know (via the contact form) if there are specific tools you would find helpful in your advocacy efforts!

  1. Send us your stories of students who have achieved successful results!
  2. Send us press releases, photos and/or related information. We’ll share them throughout the state and nationally.
  3. Host an activity or event to raise awareness of adult education and family literacy. Share it with us so we can help get the word out.
  4. Invite legislators and policy makers to your program so they can see firsthand, the work that you do.

The following organizations have provided some excellent resources to help advocate for adult education.

Additional Tools

Telling the story of adult education is often done best by students. Check out the student stories here and on our YouTube Channel then check out our Advocacy Tools (above) to help with advocacy efforts like these and others!

View full length “IN Adult Education Gives Hope” video here.