Adult Learning & Rehabilitation Services
Within the Division of Learning Services, the Office of Adult Learning and Rehabilitation Services administers statewide adult learning and rehabilitation services. Adult Learning Services include Adult Education and Literacy, High School Equivalency Testing and Veterans’ Education and Training. Adult Education and Literacy supports over 40 programs statewide that provide adult basic education including preparation for High School Equivalency (HSE) testing and English as a Second Language services. HSE Testing is administered by OALRS who contracts with over 20 postsecondary locations statewide to provide the test. This section of OALRS also issues diplomas and transcripts for HSE recipients. Veterans’ Education and Training approves postsecondary schools for GI Bill benefits and on-the-job training locations.
Rehabilitation Services has three core programs: Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Disability Determination Services (DDS) and Independent Living (IL). VR provides individual counseling, training and other services to help individuals with disabilities obtain and maintain employment. Operating under Social Security regulations, DDS determines medical eligibility for individuals seeking federal disability benefits. The IL program has 22 Independent Living Centers statewide that offer peer counseling, advocacy, personal care, and training in independent living skills for individuals with disabilities. Centers are funded through VR grants but managed by local boards of individuals with disabilities.