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We Must As long as l~e been in the field, IX, e heard dire predictions about funding cuts in Adult Ba- sic Education. Every year has seemed to bring on a new crisis that spurs us to contact legisla- t6rs to beg for funds to keep going. And up to now, we've been holding our own. While we're not flush with money by any means, we in ABE have at. least had a constant funding source from Washington that has enabled us to keep serving adults in West Virginia. Lately, though, the talk from Washington is no longer vague suggestions that money might be cut. Now we are seeing a con- certed effort to restructure the entire way that our program is funded. The strong push for block grants has every chance of succeeding, and we will most certainly be affected. Well, you might be thinking, just what does this have to do with me in XYZ county? I do all right. I had 20 students get their GED's last year. Why, we even had a graduation for them[ what will all this block grant talk change about my job? The answer to that question lies at the heart of areal need to rethink what we are about in ABE. If we continue to "help" people in a vague and fuzzy sort ". of way. counting GED's as our only measure of success, ff we say we are providing a service for adults and can't quantify it. then we are going to be out of business. The salvation of ABE in West Virginia will be to tie it into eco- nomic development. To do that we must sweep away the tired old paradigms of one-on-0ne, solely individualized, drop-in- anytime-you-feel-like-it classes. We have to look very carefully at how, when and where we are of- fering classes. Most importantly, we have to look at what we are offering and whether we are teaching or not. How do we tie ABE into eco- nomic development? I strongly believe that the only way to do this is to work in collaboration with business, industry, the K. 12 system and the social agen- cies within our own counties, looking at SCANS skills, eco- nomic and demographic data to pinpoint what skills are essen- tial in today's world. The truth of the matter is that a GED doesn't really count for all that much when an adult is looking for a job. what matters is what that adult can do. Can s/he solve problems, work in teams, communicate clearly verbally and in writing?. Can s/he use mathematics to solve problems in the workplace? Can sh/he resolve conflicts, locate informa- tion and trouble-shoot? We must restructure our classes to teach, yes teach those skills in defined, measurable ways for specific lengths of time. If that means we must limit en- rollment at times, then that's what we'll have to do. In the 'long run, we will better serve adults, because ff something is always available, then adults never have to make a decision about it. If they can come to- morrow, or next week, or next month, or even next year, then what incentive do they have to decide now? With structured classes coupled with more "tra- ditional" ABE. then our custom- ers can work toward specific, job-related goals. And make no mistake about it, they are our customers, and unless we understand this, then other agencies and organizations will be luring them away and doing what we are not. Once employers realize we are addressing the skills they need in today's workplace, then our program will gain the legiti- macy we have so long tried to attain. Tying our curriculum. methods and teaching into skills rather than credentials will en- sure our survival. Without it, we may go the way of the dinosaur, a magnificent creation that failed to adapt to the changing environment. (Reprinted by permlssion of Robin Asbunj) Your Legislature at Work Senators Shirley Love and Randy Schoonover ~0 IS Greetings to the Citizens of the 11th Senatorial District. This col- unto is a continuation of our ef- forts to keep you informed and updated on laws voted on and passed in the regular session of the 1995 West Virginia Legisla- ture. Subcommittee approved the ree- ommendaUon for introduction and passage of the Uniform Lim- ited IAahility CompanyAct of 1996 in the 1996,Leglslative Session. In addition, it voted to recom- mend changes to the uniform Partnerships to the Joint Stand- SHOVVBJ~ PUBUSHER CAROL HALL EDffOR BFC=I~A ~, ASSOC. B:)n'oR LILY SHOWELL, OFFICE MANAC-:-~R MAREYN BSl3~BEI~, ~ REP. UNDA ~, ADVBEqBNG REP. JUUE SWEET, AD DESIC4q DEBBIE MCCLUN~. AD DESIGN DEADLINE: News Items: Wednesday, Noon Display Advertising: Thursday, I p.m. Classified Advertising: Thursday, 11 a.m. ' (304) 647-5724 SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Carder Delivery, where available, '$15.00 Mailed, In.State, $18.00; Mailed, Out-of-State, $24.00 The Mountain Messenger is a weekly publication. Second class postage paid at Lewisburg, West Virginia. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to THE MOUNTAIN MESSENGER 122 North Court Street Lewtsburg, WV 24901 Letters To The Dear Exlltor: In looking at the 1996 elec- tion, It is Important that Repub- licans present a gubernatorial candidate who has the experi- ence required to govern and the electablllty necessary to win. One such candidate is don McBride ,who represents the Re- publican Party's best hope of re- capturing the Governor's Man- sion. For starters. Jon is a Vietnam Combat Veteran and in a state with over 200.000 war veterans. this is an important criterion. Jon Is a life-member of both the VFW and American Legion and is making veterans affairs a key plank of his platform. Veterans throughout this state know and respect Jon. and this will prove to be an enormous advantage. Secondly,'as "West Virginia's Astronaut," Jon McBride has visited with literally hundreds of thousands of Mountaineers. Whether it be parades, school visits or as a dinner speaker, Jon has met and shook hands with scores of West Vlrginlans. As I have seen. firsthand, Jon is known and liked by many. Most important is Jon's lead- ership experience. Through his 24-year career In the Navy and with NASA, Jon has had the best leadership training in the world. During his last NASA as: signment, Jon was responsible for a budget over five-times the size of West Virginia's entire state budget. What other candt- He hasn' been a great president... ...but he's looking better all f, he time. Do you know that Wes{ r- ginla Code Section 61-5-29, en- acted in 1992, provides misde- meanor and felony penalties for failure to pay child support? A person who is subject by court order to pay any amount for the support of a minor child, is de- linquent in meeting the full obli- gation established by such or- der, and has been so delinquent for a period of at least six months' duration, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon convic- tion, shall be fined and/or im- prisoned in the county Jail up to one year. A person who persis- tently fails to provide support which he or she can reasonable provide, which he or she knows of the duty to provide to a minor by virtue of a court order and the arrearage results in an arre- axage of at: least ten thousand dollars, or there are twelve con- secutive months without pay- ment of support, is guilty of a felony, and upon conviction, shall be fined and/or Imprls- essary. I on larger ar- rearages is is available through your child advocate office be- cause this information is gath- ered on an annual basis inci- dent to other enforcement pro- cedures. If there is diff~culty in receiving assistance from your child advocate office, call the State Child Advocate office in Charleston at 558-3780. If your request for help is not processed by your law enforce- ment offices within a reasonable time, or if you sh6uld not re- ceive courteous and reasonably quick assistance from your child advocate office, say within thirty days, then contact the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney at your local County Court House for help. If, for any reason, your the defendant to be appre- hended anyplace within the United States, either upon being identified and/or upon being stopped for even a minor traffic violation Where a record check is involved. Failure to pay child support results in horrible misery to the custodial parent in many cases and often causes the child or children to go without. In times of tight Federal and State budgets, when tax payers make up most of the remaining 81 percent of unpaid ordered child support through tax dol- lars going to AFDC, Food Stamp and housing type payments, the reason for the State falling to use these effective criminal ac- tions extensively against non- case still is not processed within paying obligers is unclear. And, a reasonable period, you then ' may desire to contact the local County Court System and re- quest that you may appear be- fore the next Grand Jury to tell the Grand Jury about your it is extremely unfair when some pay their child support obliga- tions while others don't; that part of the tax dollars of those who do pay goes toward making up for those who don't. It is sug- oned for not less that one year . case. nor more than three years. In West Virginia you may file a complaint for criminal action with m@y law enforcement offi- cer, such as the State Police County Sheriff, or the local Po- lice Departments. You shoulti have your court order and a llst- ing of the arrearages, with amounts due and dates of non- payment. Your local child advo- cate office can assist you in cal- culating your arrearages, if nee- This law provision, in case a felony is Involved. provides a way to get access even to those nonpaying obligers who are out- side the State of West Virginia; should there be a felony Indict- ment by the Grand Jury. as- suming the defendant falls to appear to answer the indictment and proper procedures are fol- lowed, a fugitive from justice situation occurs. This permits gested that law enforcement offi- cers. the child advocate offices, and the prosecutors of this state meet to adopt statewide policy and procedures and undertake to use the tool of criminal ac- tions as an aid in effective child support enforcement. The re- sponsibility for criminal child support enforcement is the ol~li- gation of our law enforcement, the child advocate offices and the prosecutors. James Nye FJng, Jr. From West Virginia Lawyer == ca fer An or WC for all th, nc tic gr: de go to ba fo, AI- IX: th fr, tit In to- er CC dt N" rll ba sol go~ wh an CO pro Jo: Mc De B~ pe ta- m W, lla M. dl: CO re el tit lit: yc ttl CC ac m to r~ wl tu ill tit CC