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About

Welcome to the Virginia
Adult Learning Resource Center!

We provide adult education and literacy resources, publications, and training for adult education practitioners in Virginia.

A division of The Center for Teacher Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center (VALRC) strengthens Virginia’s adult education and literacy system through professional development, resources, and collaborative projects. VALRC provides face-to-face and online trainings for Virginia adult education teachers and program staff; manages the GED® Virginia website and GED® Helpline; and supports the development and expansion of the PluggedInVA career pathways program for adults.

Our Mission: To equip the field of adult education and literacy with essential skills and resources by delivering innovative and effective training, publications, curriculum design, and program development through an equity mindset.

Our Vision: That the field of adult education and literacy will have the best available tools and training to help adult learners build a better future.

Meet our Staff

Karen Ballengee

Assistant Instructional Technology Specialist

Contact Karen for...

  • VALRC websites

  • Technical facilitation for online courses

  • 508 Compliance

Katie Bratisax

Instructional Technology Specialist

Contact Katie for...

  • 508 Compliance

  • Remote Learning/Distance education

  • Disability assistance

  • Online courses

Kate Daly Rolander

Interim Manager/Workforce Education Specialist

Contact Kate for...

  • Integrated Education & Training (IET) support

  • PluggedInVA questions

  • Developing partnerships for IET

  • Teacher leadership resources

  • Postsecondary transition guidance

  • Adult education & English language acquisition research

Carla Dannouf

Financial Manager

Contact Carla for...

  • Finance matters

  • Invoices

  • General office inquiries

  • Personnel/Employment issues

  • Phone matters

  • Online Management of Education Grant Awards (OMEGA) system issues

Iris Guillet

Counseling and Enrollment Specialist

Contact Iris for...

  • GED® questions

  • GED® test vouchers

  • Virginia Career Works portal

  • Virginia Adult Education & Literacy (AE&L) Conference

Katherine Hansen

Communications and Community Engagement Specialist

Contact Katherine for...

  • Outreach & engagement

  • Information & assistance

  • Marketing & communications

  • PROGRESS news journal

  • Virginia Adult Education & Literacy (AE&L) Conference & events

  • Social media

  • Program development

  • Research initiatives

Hillary Major

Instructional Standards and Communications Specialist

Contact Hillary for...

  • College & Career Readiness (CCRS) for adult education assistance

  • Writing instruction & resource questions

  • Information & training requests related to English language arts/literacy

Hali Massey

ESOL Specialist

Contact Hali for...

  • ESL instructor professional development opportunities

  • Resources for ESL & Civics instruction

  • CCR & ELPS standards-based instruction

  • IELCE program technical assistance

Elizabeth Severson-Irby

Literacy Specialist

Contact Elizabeth for...

  • Literacy & reading instruction

  • Family literacy

  • Culturally responsive education

Page Stirrup

Program Support Coordinator

Contact Page for...

  • General inquiries

  • VCU Canvas help desk support

  • Virginia GED® helpline

Dottie Walsh

Grants Specialist

Contact Dottie for...

  • Payments

  • Invoices

  • Travel reimbursement

  • RealSource portal setup for vendors, procurement, invoices, and contracts