Adult Career Pathways Training and Support Center

Adult Career Pathways Training and Support Center

Kratos Learning Solutions, 2011

Toolkit Purpose 

The Adult Career Pathways Training and Support Center (ACP-SC) is a Web site designed to support adult education practitioners interested in developing, designing, and enhancing Adult Career Pathways (ACP). ACP are defined as a series of connected education, training programs, and support services that enable individuals to secure employment within a specific industry or occupational sector and to advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in that sector. This Web site provides online access to instructional resources; the ability to share and review resources submitted from the field; and professional development opportunities in the form of events, instructional courses, and a growing community of practice.

Publisher 
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Intended Audience 
State and local adult education providers
Career Pathways Target Population 
Low-skilled adults
Based On 
Research by the U.S. Department of Education, as well as organizations such as the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), Kratos Learning Solutions, and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

The ACP-SC Web site provides online access to instructional resources including:
- A resource center (divided into three sections)
o The instruction section houses lesson plans, curricula, course outlines, and bridge-related course materials organized by career cluster.
o The professional development section has resources supporting professional growth and understanding of ACP.
o The support services section has resources covering topics such as assessment, career exploration, advising, personal health, and time management.
- Professional development opportunities
o Direct training and technical assistance are disseminated across the country via regional workshops, break-out sessions at national conferences, and online Webinars.
o Online courses are accessible 24 hours a day and allow users to engage in interactive, self-paced learning through "how to" modules.
- An online community of practice for professional learning and peer-to-peer sharing.

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