ABE Career Connections: A Manual for Integrating Adult Basic Education Into Career Pathways

ABE Career Connections: A Manual for Integrating Adult Basic Education Into Career Pathways

MPR Associates, Inc., 2010

Toolkit Purpose 

ABE Career Connections provides guidance for adult basic education (ABE) providers who seek to align their services and programming with local Career Pathways efforts in order to create better educational and professional outcomes for their students. It reminds readers that many low-skill working adults need to focus on improving basic skills like English language, writing, and mathematics before they can enter a vocational education setting to acquire a postsecondary credential or degree. The manual also identifies transitional points within the education pipeline that are often problematic for ABE students, where Career Pathways practitioners may need to provide extra support.

Publisher 
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Intended Audience 
Adult basic education providers
Career Pathways Target Population 
Adults enrolled in ABE programs
Based On 
Adult Basic Education Career Connections (ABECC) project was a demonstration project (2006 to 2010) that was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education that involved five sites across the country. The sites were selected to participate in the project with the goal of connecting their ABE programs with existing Career Pathways in industries of importance to their local economies.
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

This manual provides an overview of Career Pathways and describes key components that were identified by the ABECC sites to align basic skills training and partnership efforts with local Career Pathways. This manual is organized into sections, including:
- Recruitment of participants;
- Development of basic skills courses;
- Establishment of partnerships; and
- Collection and analysis of data.
Each section includes examples from the ABECC sites, the challenges they encountered, as well as the resources that were provided to ABECC sites. The appendices contain materials developed by each ABECC site including pathways maps with required hours and passing test scores, guidelines for recruitment, partnership agreements, instructional modules, skills rubrics, and more.

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