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History

The Office of Adult Education, formerly the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy has worked to equip all adults in Philadelphia with the education they need for work, family, and civic engagement since 1983. The Commission works on behalf of over 80 literacy and workforce development programs to help the estimated 550,000 adults in the city functioning below basic adult education levels to qualify for family-sustaining jobs and post-secondary training and education.

In 2011, the Commission was re-established by Executive Order to:

In 2014, the Commission launched myPLACE℠ , which stands for Philadelphia Literacy and Adult Career Education. myPLACE℠ is a citywide, technology-based system that accelerates adult learning and educates our workforce for 21st-century jobs on a large scale. The Office of Adult Education also created myPLACE℠  Online Learning,  the nation’s first completely online, cohort-based classes in reading, writing and math for low-literate adults. The online offerings have increased the city’s publicly-funded adult classes by 43% at half the cost of face-to-face instruction.

On September 8, 2016, Mayor Kenney announced and signed an executive order to expand and rename the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy (the Commission) to the Office of Adult Education.

Better encompassing the needs of Philadelphia’s adults and their families
The ability to read, and the more complete meaning of adult literacy, all fall within adult education. The expansion and name change of the Commission to the Office of Adult Education (OAE) reflects the ongoing work of this office to address and meet many of the challenges facing the City’s adults as they look to start in jobs that pay family sustaining wages, and engage in all aspects of civic life and democracy.

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