Leading the Way in College & Career Readiness
Postsecondary education is important for economic viability and quality of life. Adults without an associate degree earn incomes of up to 40 percent less than those who earned this degree The economic pay off for learners with a short-term credential without a degree is also considerable (Baum, Ma, and Payea, 2016). In addition, an educated and trained workforce is a major element in national economic competitiveness. Despite this critical need, rates of college enrollment and persistence of adult learners are low.
As a national pioneer in guiding efforts to bridge this gap, the NCTN identifies four areas of college and career readiness without which it is difficult, if not impossible, to succeed in a college and work environment.
This model informs the coaching, professional development, resource and tool creation, and consulting services the NCTN delivers to leaders and practitioners in the adult education, postsecondary, and workforce systems at the national, state, and local levels.