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Equity and Access

This section covers the equity gap of minorities, immigrants, opportunity youth, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


Publication - Mapping Your Financial Journey: Helping Adults Plan for College
This is a publication designed by the NCTN in collaboration with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) to address the financial concerns adult learners identify as the greatest barrier to college. More details…

Publication - Transitioning Adults to College: Adult Basic Education Program Models
This study developed a typology of ABE-to-college transition programs by reviewing existing college transition models throughout the U.S. This study is available for download.

Publication - The Change Agent
The Change Agent is a bi-annual journal for adult educators and learners whose goal is to make social justice content an integral part of teaching and learning. More details…

Webinar - Supporting Skilled Immigrants: Essential Resources, Effective Strategies
This webinar provides a profile of skilled immigrants and analyzes the barriers that often prevent them from fully integrating into academic and professional settings in the U.S. The presenters introduce proven strategies, innovative programs, useful tools that help immigrants successfully address these challenges, and essential resources. More details...


Bridging the Gap for Foreign-Educated Students: A Guide for Community Colleges
This guide by Global Talent Bridge in collaboration with the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education shows that serving immigrants does not require new and expensive programs. By taking a fresh look at how one reaches out and integrates foreign-educated immigrants into existing programs and resources offered, all students' opportunities for success are raised.

Build Ladders and Raise the Floor Workforce Strategies Supporting Mobility and Stability for Low-Income Workers
This Aspen Institute paper argues for a re-balancing of workforce development strategies to encourage a broader range of interventions that not only help low-wage workers climb out of poor quality jobs into better jobs, but also help low-wage workers improve their current poor-quality jobs.

Connecting with Veterans: The Need for Career and Education Advising
Veterans encounter serious obstacles as they try to navigate their education. This paper by CAEL surveys the career and education advising options available via military reintegration programs, web-based resources, non-profit service providers, and colleges. Recommendations to help veterans make choices about their education benefits at each stage of the transition process are shared.

Creating Postsecondary Pathways to Good Jobs for Young High School Dropouts: The Possibilities and the Challenges
This 2008 paper by the Center for American Progress looks at strategies for connecting opportunity youth between the ages of 16 and 24 to postsecondary pathway credentials that have value in the labor market. Examples of innovations in policy, program delivery, pedagogy in adult education, youth development and dropout recovery, and postsecondary education are highlighted.

How Effective is Correctional Education, and Where Do We Go from Here?
The key finding of this RAND Corporation study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice is that correctional education is effective in reducing recidivism for incarcerated adults and that there is reasonable evidence that it is effective, especially vocational training, in improving an individual's’ likelihood of postrelease employment.

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