Join a Webcast from the Career Clusters Institute

Participate in the the live webcast on Applying Lessons Learned from Career Technical Education to Adult Career Pathways by tuning in online and submitting questions via social media. The event will be held tomorrow, June 11, 2013 from 8:45 – 9:45 AM CDT. On the panel will be:

Albert Palacios, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Blake Flanders,  Vice President for Workforce Development,  Kansas Board of Regents

Brian Durham, Senior Director for Academic Affairs and Career & Technical Education, Illinois Community College Board

Moderator, Hope Cotner, Vice President, U.S. Projects, Center for Occupational Research and Development

To view the webcast online, click on the following link to register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e7jr6i6z4388cb0e&oseq=&c=&ch= 

To submit your questions,  “Like” the Adult Career Pathways Support Center on Facebook, or “Follow” the Center on Twitter (@Career_Pathways) and tweet your questions using the hashtag #createpathways.

Join a Discussion on Standards in Adult Education

Join a week-long event on LINCS.ed.gov  to explore Kentucky’s Strategic Initiative to implement Common Core standards in adult education.  The event begins with a free webinar on Monday, June 24  from 2:00-3:00pm ET; click here to register. The webinar will be followed by discussion in the LINCS online community’s College and Career Standards topic group. To participate in the online discussion, join the LINCS Community.

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The Key Shifts Behind College and Career Readiness Standards

Susan Pimentel has been involved with OVAE for the past decade assisting states with the establishment and implementation of standards-based education.  At the Annual State Directors Meeting (ASDM) on May 22, she presented an overview of the recently released College and Career Readiness Standards document while making a strong case for increasing the rigor of adult education teaching and learning.  “It is crucial that adult students have the opportunity to acquire skills they need for postsecondary and career success,” she said.

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Promising Results of MDRC Evaluation of LaGuardia’s GED Bridge to College and Careers Programs

Since 2007, LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC) has worked to redesign its approach to high school equivalency preparation by providing contextualized, career-focused GED bridge classes that integrate basic skills instruction with occupational content to prepare adult learners to pass the GED exam and transition more effectively to postsecondary education and training or the workforce.

MDRC conducted a random assignment evaluation of LAGCC’s GED Bridge to College and Careers programs, the results of which were released last week.  Preliminary evidence strongly supports LAGCC’s redesigned, contextualized approach. 

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National Meeting for Adult Education State Directors: Leading Transformational Change

The first day of the 2013 National Meeting for Adult Education State Directors largely focused on what is needed to achieve truly transformational change in adult education.  The case for transforming our adult education system was made clear during the afternoon panel discussion, moderated by OVAE Deputy Assistant Secretary Johan, that included OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier; Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education; and Mona Mourshed, Director for McKinsey & Company.

All three panelists emphasized the moral imperative and economic necessity of this work.  As Roberto Rodriguez noted, “Our efforts to build a strong economic engine that can drive our economy moving forward really depends on our work to build stronger education and training pathways for individuals to develop the skills and levels of literacy that they need to be successful in our economy…we cannot afford to leave any adult learners behind.”

Assistant Secretary Dann-Messier emphasized the dire consequences our society will face if we do not achieve this kind of transformational change to serve more adult learners: “I am afraid we will have a permanent underclass in our society that is more or less permanently disconnected from the labor market, which will have tremendous social and economic costs for our society.”

Mona Mourshed noted the challenge of educating young adults to transition successfully to the workforce is an acute one felt in many education systems around the world, evidenced by the fact that more than 75 million young people globally are unemployed and more than twice that number are underemployed.  McKinsey & Company recently completed a multi-country research project examining the often weak connection between employment and education.  The McKinsey & Company study focused on youth and young adults aged 15-29, which includes a significant part of the adult learner population targeted by AEFLA-funded programs. Mona Mourshed summarized a number of the key findings of this research during the panel discussion:

  • First, educators and employers often operate in parallel universes, and there is very little agreement between them on the work readiness of graduates.
  • Second, many young adults (over 40% of those surveyed by McKinsey & Company) feel they lack sufficient information to make an informed decision regarding what they should study and where they should study.
  • Third, many young adults and employers are relatively disappointed in how well postsecondary education has prepared individuals to succeed in the labor market.
  • Fourth, not all young adults are in the same position when it comes to work readiness skills, and the interventions required to increase the employability skills of different subgroups of students are often very different.  Likewise, some employers are already meaningfully engaged with education institutions in designing education and training programs, while others are not.

All three panelists agreed education and training programs, those aimed at youth as well as adults, need to more fully engage employers and other key partners to transform the learning experience for their students and provide them with opportunities to earn credentials with real labor market value that lead to careers in high-demand fields and provide family-sustaining wages.

This Thursday: TAACCCT Grant Applicants Online Panel Discussion

The U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department and Education invite you to attend a live online panel discussion this Thursday, May 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This session will highlight important focus areas for the third round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program including employer engagement, capacity building, and innovative service delivery.

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Pre-solicitation for Improving Adult English Language Instruction

UPDATE: The PWS has been released. Proposals are due June 14, 2013. Questions are due May 21, 2013 noon EST. Please find all materials on the FedBizOpps site by searching for the solicitation number ED-VAE-13-R-0025.

OVAE is seeking a company to execute a new initiative designed to contribute to the Department’s ongoing efforts toward building teacher effectiveness by supporting state-based teacher professional development and training efforts through the provision of high quality, on-demand, evidence-based instructional support for teachers of adult learners who are learning English. Find all materials on the FedBizOpps site by searching for the solicitation number ED-VAE-13-R-0025. Sign up at the site to stay informed.

This new three-year initiative will build on, and extend, OVAE’s previous investments to improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of teachers working with adult ELLs by providing collaborative, evidence-based, and technology-enhanced professional development opportunities.

It is anticipated that an unrestricted full and open competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) will be available on May 13, 2013. All responsible sources may submit a proposal which the agency shall consider. A contract with a base year plus two, twelve- month option years is anticipated. The award date for the procurement is planned to occur no later than August 28, 2013.

Webinar Follow-Up: Correctional Ed Technology Resources

Last month OVAE hosted a webinar on emerging community college correctional and reentry education models and the many contributions community colleges can make to promote more effective reentry of incarcerated individuals.  During that event, Brian Walsh from Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA discussed the many innovations his institution has implemented to strengthen the education and training programs offered at Clallam Bay Corrections Center and Olympia Corrections Center.  There was a lot of interest in particular in the way Brian’s programs have been able to use technology inside the prison.  Brian has shared with us a list of many of the technology resources his institution utilizes, which you can find here.

In case you missed the live event, you can watch the full webinar and download a copy of the presentation slides here.

New IES Funding Opportunities Available!

The Institute for Education Science (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education released FY 2014 funding announcements for five grant competitions in education and training research last week.  There are three opportunities in particular that may help advance research and evaluation on postsecondary and adult education:

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Pre-solicitation for Implementing College and Career Readiness Standards

OVAE is seeking a contractor for the new procurement, Implementing College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards in Adult Education. This project will support the development and delivery of educational programs able to prepare adult students for postsecondary school and career success through the state adoption and implementation of the CCR Standards for Adult Education.

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