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Owens Employee Selected as Chair for National Adult Education Association

  Diane Ninke recently was elected chair of the Adult Education Professional Development Unit of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE).

  Ninke is the Coordinator of the Northwest Ohio Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) Resource Center, which is based at the Center for Development and Training of Owens Community College. The Northwest ABLE Resource Center serves 22 counties in Northwest Ohio.

  "Professional development is one of my main functions as Coordinator of the Northwest ABLE Resource Center," she explained. "I have taken part in a number of professional development multi-state workshops. And, currently I'm working on another joint venture with Michigan adult basic education officials."

  In her new position, Ninke is responsible for organizing both the AAACE and the Commission on Adult Basic Education conference events for the unit and reviewing conference proposals concerning the professional development track. She also will oversee membership communication and recruitment.

  The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education is a professional organization for those interested and involved in adult and continuing education. With more than 2,000 members, AAACE includes university/college professors and administrators, military and corrections officials involved in adult education, adult basic education providers and workforce development providers.

  Ninke was honored in 1994 as the "Instructor of the Year in Ohio" for the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education.

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