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Partnerships

Partnerships covers committed collaboration among adult education, workforce, community colleges and other stakeholders to align and strengthen resources and services for adult learners.

NCTN RESOURCES

Publication - Program Administrator Trainer Manual: Building Integrated Pathways through Collaboration
This manual was developed by the NCTN for Accelerating Opportunity, a Jobs for the Future initiative. Its aim is to guide the emerging cadre of trainers working to help strengthen the skills of both the new and seasoned administrators responsible for the implementation, coordination, and sustainability of integrated career pathway programs. More details…

Webinar - Collaborations Between Adult Basic Education and Local Workforce Investment Boards
The webinar highlights promising models of local collaborations between Adult Basic Education programs and Workforce Investment Boards to align and strengthen resources and services to prepare adults for postsecondary education and workforce training. More details…

Promising Practice - Memorandum of Understanding
Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, former Assistant Secretary of Vocational and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education who at the time of writing of this practice was the Director of Dorcas Place, explains how she used a Memorandum of Understanding to institutionalize the collaborative relationship with her program’s college partner. More details...

Promising Practice - Building Relationships with Elected Officials through Program Visits
This promising practice showcases the how reaching out and inviting elected officials for a program visit can be an important strategy to advocate for students, and program, and a springboard to potential collaborations. More details…

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Building Strategic Partnerships and Engaging Employers in Adult Career Pathways   
This free online self-paced LINCS course helps to develop the essential skills needed to build new and strengthen existing partnerships. The course features three modules: Understanding Strategic Partnerships, Engaging Strategic Partnerships, and Sustaining Strategic Partnerships.

On the Road to Success: How States Collaborate and Use Student Data to Improve Outcomes
Central to increasing student success is having a common approach to interpreting relevant data. This policy brief by Jobs for the Future and members of the Achieving the Dream Cross-State Data Work Group presents a comprehensive set of milestones and final measures of success that practitioners and policymakers can use to rethink and remake their approaches to increasing student achievement.

Partnerships: A Workforce Development Practitioner’s Guide
This guide by the Commonwealth Corporation serves as a tool for individuals working in or seeking to develop a partnership. Successful partnerships share in both investment of resources and rewards or benefits of partnering, and where partners have mutual trust. While the examples are from workforce development, the checklists, tools, and templates may be applied to various situations.

Strengthening State Systems for Adult Learners: An Evaluation of the First Five Years of Shifting Gears
The Joyce Foundation launched Shifting Gears in 2007 with the goal of helping six Midwest states significantly increase the number of low-skilled adults with the education and skills they need to succeed in the 21st century economy. This evaluation focuses on the innovative strategies that connect states' adult basic education system with the community and technical college system.

Support for Administrators
This free online self-paced course by Minnesota FastTRAC explores how administrators need to collaborate to leverage the strengths among all partners.  A key understanding is that leadership from all partners must actively participate and be engaged in order to achieve success. Activities and examples of best practice for setting up, implementation, and continuous improvement are shared.

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