Welcome to the new website for the Iowa Literacy Council. Launching the website coincides with the beginning of our identity as a state association of COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education).

Several years ago, I had the honor of serving Iowa as the State Director of Adult Literacy. There were many conversations about needing a state association, and I am so happy to have accomplished this effort.  We will be stronger together and can advocate for adult literacy in our state.

As a state association, we will have many opportunities including:

  • Professional Development
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Advocacy for Adult Education and Literacy
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Scholarship and Incentive Grant Opportunities
  • Adult Education Publications
  • Professional Recognition through Awards
  • State, Regional, and National Conference Opportunities
  • Benefits with Participating Companies/Vendors
  • Associated benefits with a COABE membership
  • Access to free life insurance for students

We are very excited about our new website where many announcements and other communication from ILC will take place. Check frequently to learn about updates and feel free to send me emails about how we can serve the adult education and literacy staff and students in Iowa better.

Dr. Helene Fein
Executive Director
Iowa Literacy Council

  • The working poor: Approximately ½ of our learners are employed, however they are often underemployed or employed in part time positions.
  • Reskilling for jobs that pay a sustaining wage.
  • 28 million people in the US. Lack basic digital skills to operate a computer
  • Adult education is an economic catalyst!