Department of Higher Education Names New State ABLE Director

Columbus, Ohio (2015-07-22) — 

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly the Ohio Board of Regents) this week named Donna Albanese the new Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) director for the state of Ohio. Albanese has served as an ABLE program manager with the agency for 12 years.

There are more than 600 ABLE sites in Ohio that serve students in all 88 counties. The program teaches basic skills remediation, GED preparation, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and workplace education, among other services. Albanese has served the ABLE program as a corrections educator, literacy and GED instructor, and ESOL teacher, and also has a wide range of administrative experience.

“Seeing students make positive changes in their lives through education has been my motivation for working in this field for 30 years,” said Albanese, who began her career in adult education helping members of the military prepare for their GED. “I’m always going to be a teacher and I see each new job opportunity as a teaching experience.”

Albanese received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in adult education and workforce development, both from The Ohio State University.

“I’m pleased that Donna has been given the opportunity to be our state ABLE director,” Chancellor John Carey said. “She has done so much good work with the ABLE program during her time here, and is familiar with what the program means to thousands of students in Ohio.” 

About the Ohio Department of Higher Education

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents) is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.

Contact Information: 

Ohio Department of Higher Education Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487
Email: jrobinson@regents.state.oh.us

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