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AEFLA RFP Application FAQ

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Q: When submitting the electronic file to Nebraska Department of Education are all attachments
A: Due to file size restrictions, it would be acceptable to send only the application packet and budget
pages without attachments such as the resumes and instructor forms.


Q: If you do not apply as a consortium, do you lose points?
A: No, each applicant is awarded points for completing the section. If an applicant designates as a
consortium, they must complete additional application questions which could potentially lead to a loss
of points if not answered.


Q: Can you provide clarification regarding Program Organization and Leadership on how we
answer the questions and how we submit documentation?
A: It will be left up to the applicant to decide how to answer questions and what additional or
supplemental documentation they wish to include with the grant application. There is no limit on


Q: Can you provide guidance on the expectation of the anticipated timeframe from receipt of a GED®
diploma to entering postsecondary education / training / employment?
A: Primary indicators of performance are: (§463.155)
i) The percentage of participants who are in unsubsidized employment during the second quarter after
exit from the program;
(ii) The percentage of participants who are in unsubsidized employment during the fourth quarter after
exit from the program;
(iii) Median earnings of participants who are in unsubsidized employment during the second quarter
after exit from the program;
(iv)(A) The percentage of those participants enrolled in an education or training program (excluding
those in on-the-job training [OJT] and customized training) who attained a recognized postsecondary
credential or a secondary school diploma, or its recognized equivalent, during participation in or within 1
year after exit from the program.
(v) The percentage of participants who, during a program year, are in an education or training program
that leads to a recognized postsecondary credential or employment and who are achieving measurable
skill gains, defined as documented academic, technical, occupational, or other forms of progress,
towards such a credential or employment. Depending upon the type of education or training program,
documented progress is defined as one of the following:
(A) Documented achievement of at least one educational functioning level of a participant who is
receiving instruction below the postsecondary education level;
(B) Documented attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
(C) Secondary or postsecondary transcript or report card for a sufficient number of credit hours that
shows a participant is meeting the State unit’s academic standards;
(D) Satisfactory or better progress report, towards established milestones, such as completion of OJT or
completion of 1 year of an apprenticeship program or similar milestones, from an employer or training
provider who is providing training; or
(E) Successful passage of an exam that is required for a particular occupation or progress in attaining
technical or occupational skills as evidenced by trade-related benchmarks such as knowledge-based
(vi) Effectiveness in serving employers.


Q: Page 28 asks to provide the performance work site(s). Is it acceptable to insert as an attachment?
A: Yes, attachments are acceptable.


Q: Page 11 of the Information packet mentions that scoring is rated on content, clarity and supporting
information and documentation. Does supporting information and documentation refer to
attachments that we can include with the application? Is there a limit on attachments?
A: Applicant should present an application that is the best representation of the program and their
accomplishments. There are no restrictions on attachments.


Q: 34 CFR §463.22 (5) requests a description of how the eligible provider will fulfill one-stop partner
responsibilities. Are we to include funds to support the one-stop center in the budget?
A: No. The State Office will designate a local program to pay local costs through their grant award,
these budgets should not be included in the initial budget submitted with the application for AEFLA


Q: Per above, does this funding count against the 5% administrative cost limit?
A: These amounts will be adjusted as to not affect the 5% administrative costs limit.


Q: Per above, does this funding require the 35% match?
A: No.


Q: Per above, are we to attach a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between us and our local
one-stop to the application?
A: No. NDE as the State Eligible Agency for AEFLA funding under Title II of WIOA did not delegate the
authority to a local program provider to negotiate the terms of the local MOU or IFA. This right was held
by the State Agency. Copies of the MOU for each local area on are on file and each local program
provider (as applicable) was included in the MOU.


Q: Can you clarify the requirement of the applicant to provide representation to the state board?
A: The State Director will work with other state-level directors of title programs to ensure that direct
representation of Title II is compliant with 34 CFR §463.22(5)(v.) Local program applicants do not have
to provide a direct plan for this requirement at this time or address this requirement in the application.


Q: Can you expand on the maintenance of effort and how do we meet this requirement?
A: Maintenance of effort is the amount of match required by the State for the Federal Grant Award. A
report of local expenditures by local programs and match requirement by local program providers will
allow for the fulfillment of the maintenance requirement.


Q: Can the questions to be submitted to the Workforce Development Board for review be
A: Once the final excerpts of the application and accompanying rubric are identified, those
questions will be posted as a Point of Clarification.


Q: Who is going to be reading our proposal?
A: The compliance review team will consist of workforce partner representatives to include Adult
Education, Employment and Training (DOL), Career Technical Education and Vocational Rehabilitation.


Q: Which WIB should we be writing the grant for?
A: Applicants must write their answers for the local workforce service area in which they reside.


Q: In order to qualify for IELCE funding, do we have to have an IET program currently in place?
A: No, an IET is not required to be eligible for the funding, however per §463.73, eligible providers
receiving funds through the integrated English Literacy and Civics Education program must provide
services that:
(a) include instruction in literacy and English language acquisition and instruction on the rights and
responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation; and
(b) are designed to:
(1) Prepare adults who are English language learners for and place such adults in, unsubsidized
employment in in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency; and
(2) Integrate with local workforce development system and its functions to carry out the activities of the
See also: §463.74 and §463.75


Q: When completing the demonstrated effectiveness tables, do we consider all students or those
with 12+ hours?
A: Applicants will report on reportable individuals (NRS reporting, 12+ hour students).


Q: How do we handle positions for which we still need to hire?
A: Documentation of those positions is not required with the application.


Q: What if I have a current instructor, who will not meet the new Adult Education Instructor
qualifications, however has a proven track record? (Additional question: Is a bachelor’s degree
required for instructors?)
A: Any current Adult Education Instructor who does not meet the qualifications outlined in the grant
application can be considered as “qualified” with written justification by the current program provider
and submitted along with the Adult Education Instructor form. This will be considered a “grandfather
clause” for current staff. Any new staff hired for PY19 beginning July 1, 2018 must meet the new


Q: Do we need to include a resume for Adult Education Instructors?
A: No, you will submit the Adult Education Instructor form, Attachment 2.


Q: What format is required for the resume for program staff?
A: The format is the choice of the applicant.


Q: Are resumes required for administration staff?
A: Yes.


Q: If we chose not to offer distance education, does that count against the total point total?
A: Programs that choose not to offer distance education will not be eligible for 9 possible points.


Q: Are MOUs required with the application?
A: No.


Q: Is the 5% administrative cost limit negotiable?
A: Yes, per §463.25 in cases where five percent is too restrictive to allow for administrative activities,
the eligible agency may increase the amount that can be spent on local administration. In such cases,
the eligible provider must negotiate with the eligible agency to determine an adequate level of funds to
be used for non-instructional purposes.


Q: Do we list each instructor’s name and salary on the budget sheets instead of a collection
of all instructors?
A: Each staff person included in the budget must be listed on the budget forms.


Q: Is there technical assistance available after March 7?
A: The deadline for inquires is March 7, however for inquires received after March 7, Points of
Clarification will be updated as necessary and accessible on the website.

Pre-Bidder’s Conference Questions and Answers

Bidders Conference Questions and Answers

Grant Opportunities

AEFLA Grant Information Package
Scoring Rubric

Grant Resources

AEFLA Resource Guide
Appendix B EFL Descriptors

GEPA Section 427
Nebraska Combined State Plan

Nebraska 79-201

Nebraska 79-202



Nebraska Public GED Testing Centers

Testing Fee: $30 per test

Tate Lauer, Nebraska GED® Administrator 402/471-4807
Shirley Gruntorad, GED® Staff Assistant 402/471-2475

Southeast Community College
Contact: Lori Balke

Chadron State College
Contact: Stephanie Baumgarten

Central Community College
Contact: Deb Adkisson

Crete Public Schools
Contact: Diane Bruha

Metropolitan Community College
Contact: Amanda Mancuso

Grand Island
Central Community College
Contact: Ronald Christensen

Central Community College
Contact: RaeAnn Lurk

Central Community College
Contact: Ronald Christensen
Kearney, NE 68847

Central Community College
Contact: Amy Hill

Southeast Community College
Contact: Mark Bayliss

McCook Community College
Contact: Brandon Lenhart

Nebraska Indian Community College-Santee Campus
Niobrara, NE 68760

Northeast Community College
Contact: Kathy Schwartzer

North Platte
Mid-Plains Community College
Contact: Bridget Lange

Creighton University
Contact: John Gallion

Metropolitan Community College–Fort Omaha
Contact: Val Smith

Metropolitan Community College-South
Contact: Matthew Lampe

Plattsmouth Community Schools
Contact: Tallie VanWesten

Western Nebraska Community College
Contact: Mary Kay Versen

Western Nebraska Community College
Contact: Mary Kay Versen

South Sioux City
Northeast Community College
Contact: Cara Watchorn

Little Priest Tribal College
Contact: Maria Garcia


Nebraska Communities with Adult Education Class Sites




Central Community College
Contact: Jessica Igo

Southeast Community College
Contact: Lynn Saffer

Broken Bow
Mid-Plains Community College
Contact: Kaci Johnson

Western NE Community College
Contact: Judy Rama

Central Community College
Contact: Mary Wiegand

Crete Public Schools
Contact: Ryan Hinz

Metropolitan Community College
Contact: Angie Whitfield

Western NE Community College
Contact: Adult Education Main Office

Grand Island
Central Community College/College Park
Contact: Jessica Igo

Central Community College/Head Start
Contact: Anne Cannon

Southeast Community College
Contact: Lynn Saffer

Central Community College
Contact: Diana Watson

Mid-Plains Community College
Contact: Brenda Ledall

Central Community College
Contact: Laurel Volpe

Kimball Public Library
Contact: Mary Kay Versen

Central Community College
Contact: Marilynn Hersh

Southeast Community College
Contact: Rosi Decker

Mccook Community College
Contact: Shannon Corder

Nebraska City
Southeast Community College
Contact: Lynn Saffer

Northeast Community College
Contact: Jamie Meaux

North Platte
North Platte Community College
Contact: Robin Rankin

Northeast Community College
Contact: Robert Thomas

Mid-Plains Community College
Contact: Mary Pierce

Metropolitan Community College
Contact: Angie Whitfield

Northeast Community College
Contact: Robert Thomas

Central Community College
Contact: Crystal Ramm

Plattsmouth Community Schools
Contact: Tallie Van Westen
402-296-3174 x 2315


Schuyler Library
Contact: Mary Wiegand

Contact:  Jolene Hake

St. Edward
Contact:  Mary Wiegand
877-222-0780, X1432

Alliance and Scottsbluff
Western NE Community College
Contact: Mary Kay Versen
308-763-2018 (Alliance)
308-635-6769 (Scottsbluff)

Western NE Community College
Contact: Adult Education Main Office

South Sioux City
Northeast Community College
Contact: Jean Gormally


Southeast Community College
Contact: Lynn Saffer

Mid-Plains Community College
Contact: Jennifer Nollett

Southeast Community College
Contact: Lynn Saffer

Northeast Community College
Connie Wageman

West Point
Northeast Community College
Contact: Beth Roberts

Southeast Community College
Contact: Lynn Saffer

You’ve Passed All the Tests!

Dear Graduate:

You’ve recently passed all the GED® tests? Congratulations on meeting the scoring requirements making you eligible to obtain a State of Nebraska Department of Education High School Diploma!

Change of Address? Contact the GED® Testing Service to ask for an update to your account: 877-392-6433 and email your change of address to:

Within the next two weeks, you will receive an envelope from the Nebraska Department of Education. Two different forms will arrive. One is the fee letter/form for your diploma. Complete that and return it to our office with $5 (cash/check/money order). If you haven’t received a letter from the Department in two weeks after passing all the tests, check your GED® account to be sure that your address is current and correct. The second form you’ll find is to request an Official Transcript. The fee is $2.  Click the link to download the Nebraska GED Transcript Request Form.

Requirements for Issuance of Diploma:

Passing test scores: A minimum standard score of 145 is required on each of the four tests for a total standard score of 580 to be eligible to receive a high school equivalency credential. A score of at least 165 on a test module indicates college and career readiness in that particular subject area.

Minimum age: 18 and is unable to secure a diploma from the high school he/she last attended; or the class of which he/she was a member at the time of withdrawal from school has been graduated for at least one year; and

Residence: An individual must have been a resident of Nebraska for at least the 30 days immediately preceding diploma issuance. An individual is also eligible for a State of Nebraska High School Diploma if the GED® scoring requirements have been met and the final period of high school attendance which credit was earned towards graduation was in a Nebraska high school.

Nebraska Adult Education Directors

Nebraska Department of Education
Tate Lauer, Director
Nebraska Department of Education
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509
402/471-4807  FAX 402/471-0117

Carla Stucky Shuck, Consultant

Marisol Birth, Program Specialist

Jan Drbal, Professional Assistant

Central Community College Area
Ann Chambers, Director
PO Box 4903
Grand Island, NE 68802-4903
308/398-7446  FAX: 308/398-7446
1/877-222-0780 X7446

Jessica Igo, AE Coordinator

Crete Public Schools
Diane Bruha, Director
920 Linden Avenue
Crete, NE 68333
FAX: 402/826-1086

Ryan Hinz, AE Coordinator

Mid-Plains Community College Area
Robin Rankin, Director
1101 Halligan Drive
North Platte, NE 69101
308/535-3637 or
800/658-4308 X3637  FAX: 308/535-3689

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
Jean Slieter, Director
PO Box 94661
Folsom & W. Prospector Place
Lincoln, NE 68509-4661
402/479-5545  FAX: 402/479-5623

Northeast Community College
Nancy Schultz, Director
801 East Benjamin Avenue
PO Box 469
Norfolk, NE 68702-0469
402/844-7254/402/844-7255  FAX: 402/844-7400

Emily Duncan, AE Coordinator

Metropolitan Community College
Angie Whitfield, Director
PO Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103
531/622-2254   FAX: 402/457-2655

Plattsmouth Community Schools
Tallie VanWesten, Director
1912 East Highway 34
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
402/296-3174 X2315   FAX: 402/296-2910

Southeast Community College – Beatrice
Lynn Saffer, Assistant Director
8800 “O” Street, J2
Lincoln, NE 68520
402/437-2719  FAX: 402/228-2897

Southeast Community College – Lincoln
Diane Vesely-Robb, Director
8800 “O” Street
Lincoln, NE 68520
402/437-2717  FAX: 402/437-2704

Susan Kash-Brown
ESL, Assistant Director

Western Nebraska Community College – Scottsbluff (and Alliance Public Schools)
Mary Kay Versen, Director
1601 E. 27th Street
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
308/635-6769 (Scottsbluff)
308/763-2018 (Alliance)

Tia Lively, Coordinator


Contact Us

Toll Free (In Nebraska): 1-877 EARN GED

Adult Education Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509
FAX: 402/471-0117

Tate Lauer
AE Director/GED® Administrator
Phone: 402/471-4807

Carla Stucky Shuck
Adult Education Consultant
Phone: 402/471-4806

Marisol Birth
Program Specialist, Adult Education 
Phone: 402/471-4826

Shirley Gruntorad
GED® Professional Assistant
Phone: 402/471-2475

Jan Drbal
Adult Education Professional Assistant
Phone: 402/471-4830