Clarence Ware has served adult learners and their communities for nearly three decades. He began his career as a GED Preparation instructor. After seven years in the classroom, Mr. Ware transitioned to the role of AEL Program Coordinator; the first African-American to hold that position.
As Coordinator of University City Adult Education and Literacy Program, Mr. Ware has built partnerships and created pathways to allow adult learners to achieve their goals, both in the classroom and in the workforce. Mr. Ware holds a B.A. from Webster University in St. Louis, MO and is looking forward to completing a Master’s Degree centered around the non-for-profit development and Christian media services for churches.
Mr. Ware’s community involvement includes serving on the Workforce Development Board for 16 years and partnerships with St. Louis Community College, St. Louis County Out of School Youth Program, Washington University/BJC, and Mercy Hospital. Mr. Ware has been instrumental in the attainment and implementation of various grants to support AEL learners and programs, including the Doors to Success Grant with St. Louis County. He spearheaded an EL Civics Grant that resulted in the development of a Citizenship curriculum that was shared with other programs across the state. In service to his professional community, Mr. Ware chaired the MAACCE conference in 2007 and served as the President for the Association; the second African-American to fill the role. During his tenure as MAACCE president, Mr. Ware hosted the first national conference in St. Louis of the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE). During that same year, 2008, Mr. Ware served the Missouri Adult Education and Literacy Administrator’s Association MAELAA as the first African-American president of the organization.
Looking towards the future, Mr. Ware is striving to utilize the WIOA legislation to ensure that AEL programs are meeting the needs of diverse learners as they transition to the workforce. In 2018, Mr. Ware created the Transition to Work Academy in partnership with St. Louis County Out of School Youth to prepare recent high school graduates for the workforce by utilizing WIOA funding to provide Job Readiness Training, summer work experiences, and funding for job training programs. The program continues to grow yearly to meet the needs of youth. Mr. Ware is currently developing the University City Career Advancement Network Center (UCAN Center) which will provide an avenue for year round apprenticeship and internship opportunities with University City businesses/corporations, as well as other surrounding businesses for young adults with the development of a job training program. This job training program will focus on preparing students for the workplace and beyond, providing young adults with the skills to navigate through a combination of hands-on skill development workshops, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, with wraparound supports.
Clarence is honored to be recognized with the first Outstanding Adult Educator Award! Adult Education and service to the community is truly his passion and he is inspired by the work being done with the Commission for Community, Minority, and Non Formal Education (CCMNFE) and the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE).Honors & Awards (continued)