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:
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.
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.”
Update: Registration is now open for the webinar. Click here to register.
The third event in OVAE’s 2013 community college webinar series will be held on Tuesday, May 14 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. EDT. Building on the National Dialogue on Career Pathways held last October, this event will bring together foundation, state, and local community college representatives to discuss the central role of community colleges in career pathways systems. Whitney Smith from the Joyce Foundation will discuss the importance of career pathways systems and the Joyce Foundation’s work to expand the development of these efforts in the Great Lakes region. Dr. Jay Box, Chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, will present on the numerous statewide initiatives underway in Kentucky to ease postsecondary access and transitions for youth and adults. The webinar will also highlight two promising local career pathways programs. Deborah Davidson, Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin will discuss the work of her institution to provide on-ramps for low-skill adults to access postsecondary education and training. Lupe Chavez, Director of High School Programs at South Texas College in McAllen, Texas will also present on South Texas’ efforts to expand partnerships with local high schools to increase dual enrollment and promote postsecondary transitions for young adults.
The President’s 2014 Budget Proposal includes several Pay for Success pilots. The Office of Management and Budget at the White House says the following about this new way of financing: “Pay for Success is an innovative way of partnering with philanthropic and private sector investors to create incentives for service providers to deliver better outcomes at lower cost—producing the highest return on taxpayer investments. The concept is simple: pay providers after they have demonstrated success, not based on the promise of success, as is done now.”
On April 19th, the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, announced the availability of $474.5 million to create and expand innovative partnerships between community colleges and businesses to educate and train workers with the skills employers need. This is the third of four rounds of funding under the $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a new grant opportunity for up to $250,000 over a two year performance period. Eligible organizations include non-profit or public organizations that have experience providing ESL and citizenship instruction to adults. More information about the program can be found at: www.uscis.gov/grants.
USCIS is hosting a stakeholder engagement call on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Eastern) regarding the Fiscal Year 2013 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. The purpose of this meeting is to collect questions and make clarifications, where possible, regarding the grant program application requirements and application process.
Last week OVAE released the highly-anticipated report, College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for Adult Education.
The work is the result of a nine-month process that examined the Common Core State Standards from the perspective of adult education. It was funded to provide a set of manageable yet significant CCR standards that reflect broad agreement among subject matter experts in adult education about what is desirable for adult students to know to be prepared for the rigors of postsecondary education and training. The report was written by Susan Pimentel, prepared by MPR, Associates, Inc. If you have any questions please contact Ronna Spacone at Ronna.Spacone@ed.gov.
In case you missed it, the President’s FY14 Budget was released last week. This past Tuesday, a special edition of OVAE Connection analyzed OVAE programs in the budget. Check out the detailed analysis here.
Tune in to Washington, DC’s public radio station, WAMU (88.5 FM; HD 88.5-1), to hear a week-long series, called Yesterday’s Dropouts, which explores the struggles adults face when they leave school without a diploma and the challenges they overcome. Several DC-area adult education programs are featured in the series, including Carlos Rosario International Pubic Charter School and Academy of Hope.