The U.S. Department of Education’s ADVANCE IET project provides training and resources to assist adult educators in developing, strengthening, and scaling IET programs that effectively support adult learner pathways to high-quality careers. The ADVANCE IET project team has just released the second brief in the series, IET Strategies in Action, which aims to highlight promising practices implemented by IET programs to serve diverse student populations in various contexts. ADVANCE Integrated Education and Training .
Promising Practices for Integrated Education and Training Programs That Serve Beginning-Level Learners – The second brief in the series discusses how two strategies—bridge programs and stackable credentials—are implemented by local providers to intentionally serve beginning-level learners, and in some cases, how state-level guidance and support can enable these efforts.
Our nation’s economy and global competitiveness depend on an educated, skilled workforce that can quickly adapt to changes in technology and business processes. Adult educators understand that adult learners need opportunities to obtain workplace and career management skills through work-based learning experiences that prepare them for the complex future they face.
The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has changed the landscape of adult education by focusing the field on workforce development outcomes and programming that support the integration of education and training and career pathways. Integrated Education and Training (IET) is an educational practice grounded in adult learning theory. IET programs help adults who lack basic skills, relevant occupational skills, and essential workplace skills to attain the competencies and credentials needed for in-demand careers.
The Increasing Integrated Education and Training Opportunities for Adults project (2019–2022) developed resources to assist state adult education offices, professional development providers, and local program staff in enhancing and expanding IET programs for adult education participants. The project built on prior OCTAE investments in developing career pathways for adults, including the Policy to Performance Toolkit (OCTAE, 2012), the Career Pathways Planner (OCTAE, 2016), and the Career Pathways Checklist (OCTAE, 2017).
The Increasing Integrated Education and Training Opportunities for Adults project was conducted by the American Institutes for Research in partnership with Safal Partners and funded by the U.S. Department of Education under contract number GS10F0240U/ED-ESE-15-A-0009. The project concluded in September 2022. For more information, please email Amanda Ahlstrand, the Project Director, at email@example.com, or contact IETDesignCampInfo@air.org.
Source: ADVANCE Integrated Education and Training
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