Accelerating Opportunity Virtual Academy: Resource Library

Accelerating Opportunity Virtual Academy: Resource Library

Jobs for the Future, 2011

Toolkit Purpose 

The purpose of this Resource Library is to disseminate information and resources specific to the fields of Adult Basic Education and Career Pathways development. The resources in the library have been selected specifically for the Accelerating Opportunity initiative, a four-year, multistate initiative that is funding Career Pathways in at least forty community colleges between 2011 and 2014. The core belief of Accelerating Opportunity is that postsecondary credentials are the gateway to family-supporting wages and that those credentials are critical to breaking the intergenerational transmission of poverty in America.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Joyce Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and Open Society Foundations
Intended Audience 
Instructors and administrators at community colleges and Adult Basic Education programs; State level partners, policymakers, and stakeholders
Career Pathways Target Population 
Low-educated, low-skilled, and low-income adults; specifically Adult Basic Education (ABE) students who can benefit from advancing past the ABE level to achieve postsecondary credentials that will increase their earning potential.
Based On 
Accelerating Opportunity is grounded in evidence-based instructional and organizational models and builds on the success of two previous Career Pathways initiatives: Breaking Through and Washington State's experience implementing and scaling up the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program.
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

The Resource Library is a compendium of tools and resources covering nine different topics covering specific components of the Accelerating Opportunity model such as communications, labor market engagement, and support services for students. The resources in these different topic areas are targeted to specific key players in the development of a Career Pathways education model, including:
- Resources to help instructors redesign and strengthen curricula;
- Resources for institutions on developing a model, tapping into State and Federal funding streams, and utilizing data to continuously improve programs; and
- Resources for State teams and stakeholders around conceiving a State plan and promoting the model.

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