Welcome to Adult Education & Literacy

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Message from Dr. David Gerabagi, Director of Adult Education & Literacy Program


David The Denton Independent School District Adult Education and Literacy program has proudly served Denton and Collin Counties for decades. Adult Education is a vital component of our district's goals in providing literacy skills to empower adults to be better prepared to live and work in our changing world, as part of the District’s Strategic Plan. We serve thousands of parents in our community through classes that will improve their station in life.

Research shows that when parents value education and set goals to improve their own academic abilities, that the children are also more likely to hold the same values and are more likely to succeed in school and in life.

In Denton ISD, the Adult Education and Literacy program funded by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), aims to serve Denton and Collin counties by delivery quality learner-focused instructional services in English Language Acquisition (ELA), Adult Basic Education, GED, English Literacy and Civics instruction.

Our program exists to provide adult learners with quality programs and services to help them acquire and develop literacy skills and earn a high school equivalency certificate needed to become self-sufficient entering college or obtaining sustainable employment, so that they reach their full potential as family members, productive workers, and responsible citizens.

July 1, 2015, marks the day that many of the provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) take effect. This new law has the potential to make a tremendous difference for tens of millions of workers, job seekers and adult students across this country. WIOA’s transformation of our publicly-funded workforce system means that all of us—federal and state partners, governments, non-profits and educational and training institutions, must be pressing for innovations to ensure:

  • the needs of business and workers drive our workforce solutions
  • the workforce system supports strong regional economies and plays an active role in community and economic development.
  • delivery of free instructional services in English Language Acquisition (ELA), Adult Basic Education, GED, and English Literacy and Civics instruction to help students acquire the skills needed to succeed in the workforce, earn a high school equivalency, enter college or career training.

According to the OECD Survey of Adult Skills released in Oct 2013, 36 million Americans struggle with literacy skills, 48 million struggle with numeracy skills, and an even larger number struggle with the technology skills needed to solve every day work-like problems. Obviously, we need to do what is necessary to make significant, lasting changes in the skills profile of this great nation of ours.

We have some amazing opportunities right in front of us right now. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers us the chance to restructure our systems. It assigns us partners with similar missions serving similar populations. Let’s make sure we capitalize on this opportunity and realize the greatest benefit out of WIOA for our existing and future students.

I am excited to be a part of this journey and invite you to join us. I am thankful and very fortunate to have a supportive Board of Trustees, our Superintendent, Dr. Jamie Wilson and Dr. Richard Valenta, Deputy Superintendent of DISD.

Adult Education is making a difference in our community.  Call us (940-369-0400), or come by our new office location 815 Cross Timber Street, Denton, Texas.  We are here to serve you.


David Gerabagi

For a detailed description of funding sources and flow through of Adult Education and Literacy programs click on the link below: