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ACE History

In 2007, school divisions in the Lynchburg area regionalized their adult education programs to improve adult literacy services creating ACE (Adult Continuing Education) of Central Virginia. ACE serves an area of 2,124 square miles (Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, and Lynchburg) with a population of just over 253,000. This regional initiative ensures greater consistency and quality of programs, better efficiency of dollars spent, and improved communication.

In 2016, ACE changed its name to Adult and Career Education as the program became more focused on workforce and career pathways. Under title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act , ACE's focus has broadened its role and responsibilities as part of the regional workforce system.

ACE's programs are intended to improve the quality of life for individuals with low skills. Literacy and numeracy are fundamental skills necessary for workforce success, as well as for personal and social well-being. Services provided through ACE are intended to lead to further education, training opportunities, and work, and are based on best practices derived from the most rigorous research available. The diversity of individuals who possess low skills requires a broad approach to skills development. 

As we move into the future, ACE will continue its collaborative partnerships with the Region 2000 Workforce Center, the Virginia Employment Commission, Department of Aging Rehabilitative Services, regional postsecondary/training institutions and community based literacy programs.