Literacy Means Business

Literacy Means Business was the title of a public dialogue hosted by the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia that focused on the role of the business community in career pathways and adult education and training. Johan Uvin, OVAE Deputy Assistant Secretary, shares, “The panel discussion addressed many important challenges and opportunities in both ESL and adult education policy and practice. Among the many takeaways was the opportunity that strong partnerships with businesses represent to address both the needs of adult learners and firms. Several examples were discussed from health care and other contexts that illustrated how improved skills of workers benefit employers, too.”

See the Video of Literacy Means Business Forum. The panel featured: Zuzana Steen, Manager, University & Academic Relations, Micron, Inc.; Jeff Connor-Naylor, Director, Northern Virginia Program Director, The Commonwealth Institute; Kavitha Cardoza, Education Reporter, WAMU 88.5 Radio; Ray Uhalde, Sr. Advisor, Jobs for the Future; Leslie Kronz, Training & Education Consultant, Office of Health Equity, Inova Health Services; Laura Patching, Chief (Acting), Office of Citizenship, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services; and Johan Uvin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

See a recent Issue Brief on Engaging Employers, which offers many practical strategies adult education programs can employ to engage businesses in their community. The Brief was produced by the OVAE-sponsored project, Designing Instruction for Career Pathways.

Listen to the radio series on Yesterday’s Dropouts produced by Kavitha Cardoza for WAMU which explores the challenges and perseverance of adults with low educational attainment.