College and Career-Focused Program Models

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This webinar explores two major shifts for the field of adult education and workforce training named in the WIOA legislation: 1) the need to develop and strengthen career pathways that integrate basic skills and career preparation, and 2) a focus on preparing adult learners for success in postsecondary education and the workplace. College and Career-Focused Program Models was a practitioner-led dialogue designed for you to consider what these shifts mean for program design and classroom practice. Learn how two approaches, Minnesota Fast Trac and LaGuardia Community College’s Bridge to College and Careers Program, strengthen pathways and move more students into postsecondary education and the workplace.

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Webinar Date: December 5, 2014

This webinar was co-sponsored by the National College Transition Network/World Education and LaGuardia Community College/CUNY.


Amy Dalsimer is the Executive Director of Pre-College Academic Programming and the College and Career Pathways Institute (CCPI) at LaGuardia Community College. Amy manages a variety of campus-based adult literacy, career pathways, workforce development, and postsecondary transition initiatives designed to serve adults and out-of-school youth.  An expert in college transition preparation, she developed the innovative Bridge to College and Career Program which has significantly increased students’ academic achievement and enrollment in college.  Amy has been at the forefront of designing LaGuardia’s highly successful NYBEST Integrated Training Program, a comprehensive career pathways model which integrates rigorous academic skills development with professional certification training, enabling thousands of low skilled and underemployed adults to advance in a new healthcare career.

Judy Mortrude has over 30 years of experience developing, delivering, and managing education projects for workforce development, particularly with low literacy and high barrier populations. Ms. Mortrude was the lead administrator for Minnesota’s largest Adult Basic Education (ABE) consortium. She oversaw county, state, and federal grants including Functional Work English, Office of Refugee Resettlement, EL/Civics, and a variety of adult career pathway grants. She moved to the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development in 2009 to staff the Minnesota FastTRAC Adult Career Pathway cross-system initiative, seeking to align workforce development, community and technical colleges and Adult Basic Education to produce better education and employment results for Minnesota’s working learners. Minnesota FastTRAC has helped over 5000 adults re-engage with career pathway education and employment and changed the way public workforce development and education do business together. Judy has recently taken a new role for the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) as the Director of the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways.

Sandy Goodman is the Director of Career Pathways at the National College Transition Network. Her work includes designing and leading college transition and career pathways initiatives. She provides technical assistance and professional development to individual programs and state adult education systems on national, state, and local initiatives. Her projects include: designing professional development for Accelerating Opportunity; directing the SABES Center for Education and Career Planning in Massachusetts; developing and delivering online and face-to-face training for college and career navigators; and strengthening of Prior Learning Assessment policies and their broader implementation as a postsecondary acceleration strategy for adult learners.