Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE)

Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) provides immigrant and refugee adults with instruction in: 

  1. English language acquisition
  2. Civics
  3. Workforce preparation (skills needed to succeed in the workforce and defined in Minnesota through the ACES Transitions Integration Framework), and
  4. Workforce training (instruction that helps participants complete industry-recognized credentials).

While any ABE program can offer IELCE as part of their ABE programming, a portion of the federal ABE funds received by the state of Minnesota is designated specifically for IELCE programming. These funds are administered by the Minnesota Department of Education ABE office, which issues a RFP (Request for Proposals) for IELCE projects and programs every two to three years. For more information about the grant process, and to see the current grantees receiving IELCE funding in Minnesota, visit the Integrated English Literacy Civics Education page in the ABE funding and grants section of this website.

Additional resources:

The Civics It Up! website was developed in Virginia for use by IELCE instructors.