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College and Career Pathways

This section covers programs and strategies designed to enable adults to earn industry-recognized certifications, obtain employment and advance to higher levels of education and employment in those areas.


Webinar - Program Design and Implementation: Focus on El Paso's experience
In this webinar, presenters identify and discuss some of the strengths and challenges similar to both native and non-native speakers of English preparing to transition to a U.S. postsecondary institution, as well as the strengths and challenges unique to ESOL adults. Play archived recording.

Webinar - College and Career Focused Program Models
This webinar is a practitioner-led dialogue designed for you to consider the major shifts happening in the field of adult education and workforce training in the WIOA legislation and what it means for program design and classroom practice. Play archived recording.

Publication - Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE & ESOL Classroom: Curriculum Guide
The Integrating Career Awareness curriculum is designed to help adult education teachers and counselors guide adult learners through a comprehensive career planning process that promotes a full range of life skills. More details…

Online Course - Team Teaching - Models and Practice
This free self-paced course is aimed at guiding basic skills and professional-technical instructors in learning how to identify the six models of team teaching, to reflect on their own model preferences and what other models could offer, and to develop an awareness of how team teaching is an opportunity for professional growth.  More details…

Online Course - Finding True North - Role of the Navigator
This free self-paced course identifies the types of supports that adult learners need to be truly prepared for college and careers and introduces the core functions and responsibilities of a navigator, such as coordinating and providing services that supplement academic instruction, which have been found to aid student persistence and success. More details…


Accelerating Opportunity Field Guide
Accelerating Opportunity (AO) is a Jobs for the Future initiative that seeks to align adult basic education, career and technical education, and developmental programs to enable more low-income adults to complete postsecondary credentials of value in the labor market. The guide covers the planning, implementing, and sustaining needed to build and strengthen integrated career pathways.

Certificates: A Fast Track to Careers
This article from the Occupational Outlook Quarterly (Winter 2012–13) describes certificates and some of the occupations that require them, explains some potential benefits and drawbacks to these educational awards, and offers advice on evaluating certificate programs.

How to Build Bridge Programs That Fit into a Career Pathway: A Step-by-Step Guide Based on the Carreras en Salud Program in Chicago
This Instituto del Progreso Latino manual provides the tools and information needed to develop successful bridge programs. Administrators, Instructors, and employers interested in supporting low-skill adults, whether the skills they need are English as a Second Language (ESL) or adult basic education (ABE) will find the manual useful.

Integrating Curriculum: Lessons for Adult Education from Career and Technical Education
This report, produced by the National Institute for Literacy with MPR Associates, Inc. reviews types of curriculum integration and examines research on its effectiveness. While it focuses primarily on K-12 education, the authors review the cross-over research and provide suggestions for adaptation in adult education.

Shared Vision, Strong Systems: The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework Version 1.0
The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways (AQCP) is a partner-driven, CLASP-led initiative. The first phase (2012-14) identified criteria and indicators that define high-quality career pathway systems and a set of shared performance metrics for their success. Phase II (2014-2015) focuses on implementing the framework and sharing lessons with the field.

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