Beyond Basic Skills: Building Pathways to Credentials for Adult Education Students

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Presentation given at the Academy of Hope Workforce Development Forum on April 17, 2012.

Presentation given at the Academy of Hope Workforce Development Forum on April 17, 2012.

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  • Illinois Bridge Programs: Outcomes for 2,436 adults enrolled in 7 career pathway bridge sites (as of fall 2011 44 bridges total in IL).89% of students completed the bridge program.92% of those who completed went on to higher education or a new job.Minnesota FastTRAC: Outcomes for 1,139 students enrolled in FastTRAC bridge or integrated programs (as of fall 2011 34 FastTRAC programs total in MN)88% of students in integrated, credit-bearing FastTRAC programs completed their initial course. 67% of students enrolled in FastTRAC ABE bridge courses completed and moved into an integrated course – a success rate of 67%.Wisconsin RISE (Regional Industry Skills Education): Outcomes for 700 participants in early phase (as of spring 2011 44 career pathway bridges in WI).Colleges report 90% of students complete postsecondary certificates. RISE students’ math skill gains exceed those of students in standard math instruction (based on pre/post testing at several locations).Students express high degrees of appreciation and satisfaction with integrated instruction in the career pathway bridge approach.

Beyond Basic Skills: Building Pathways to Credentials for Adult Education Students Beyond Basic Skills: Building Pathways to Credentials for Adult Education Students Presentation Transcript

  • Beyond Basic Skills: BuildingPathways to Credentials for AdultEducation StudentsMarcie Foster, Policy Analyst, CLASP Academy of Hope Workforce Development Forum Washington, D.C.April 17, 2012
  • CLASP: Policy Solutions that Work for Low-Income People• CLASP develops and advocates for policies at the federal, state and local levels that improve the lives of low-income people.• Our Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success seeks to improve policy, increase investment, and strengthen political will to increase the number of low-income adults and youth who earn the postsecondary credentials essential to open doors to good jobs, career advancement, and economic mobility. 2
  • Less skilled = More Vulnerable 3 View slide
  • Need for a More Skilled Adult Workforce in D.C.• Growing Demand in the District  By 2018, 70 percent of jobs will require a postsecondary education. Largest growth is in graduate-level positions, but strong growth in jobs that require certificates and 2-year degrees.• Dwindling Supply of Traditional Age Students  From 2010 to 2020 there will be a steep drop in the number of high school graduates in D.C., with a projected decline of 24 percent. This is worse than the trend in any state. 4 View slide
  • Economic Payoff to Higher Education Median Earnings of D.C. Workers by Educational Attainment90,00080,00070,00060,00050,00040,00030,00020,00010,000 0 Less than High school Some college Bachelors Graduate or high school graduate or associates degree professional graduate (includes degree degree equivalency) Source: 2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates 5
  • Issues with Traditional Adult Education• Current data show poor postsecondary transition rates.  4,000+ students served, only hundreds enter postsecondary education.• Too many goals, too little funding.• Too focused on the GED, which does not denote college and career readiness.• Student’s don’t receive the supports they need to succeed long-term.• Sequential approach lengthens the time to a credential and reduces the likelihood of success – time is the enemy! 6
  • The “Path” to Economic Opportunity for Low-Skilled Workers? 1 year High School Employment 1 year – 3 years Adult Basic Education/English Language Services 6 weeks 2-Year or 4- Short-Term “Work Year Institution Readiness” 1 year Course Developmental …And still no credential Education with labor market value!
  • Career Pathways: Seamless Transition and a Greater Likelihood of Success Progressively Higher Employment Opportunities Adult Basic Short-Term Education/English Long-Term 2-Year Associate’s 4-Year Bachelor’s Occupational Language Certificate Degree Degree Certificate Instruction Bridge Program
  • Building Career Pathways and Bridges1) Combine basic skills and career-technical content, including general workforce skills, pre-college academic and English language skills, and specific occupational knowledge and skills.2) Contextualize basic skills and English language content to the knowledge and skills needed in a specific occupation or group of occupations.3) Use new or modified curricula, with identified learning targets for both academic and occupational content, articulated to next level in college and career pathway. 9
  • Building Career Pathways and Bridges (cont.) 4) Change how classes are delivered, e.g. dual enrollment in linked basic skills & occupational courses; integrated, team-taught basic skills & occupational courses; enrolling students in cohorts . 5) Support student success through enhanced student services. E.g. “career coach” helps students navigate campus processes, access college and external services, connects students to other public benefits, and arranges internships in field of study. 6) Connect to local employer and community needs by engaging key partners in design and implementation of bridges, such as employers, unions, workforce development boards, community-based organizations and foundations.
  • Black Hawk College, Illinois Moraine Park Technical College, WITransportation/Distribution/Logistics Baking Fundamentals Moraine Park Technical College, WI Welding 11
  • Early Results of Career Pathways and Bridges are Promising• Illinois Bridge Programs:  89% of students completed the bridge program.  92% of those who completed went on to higher education or a new job.• Minnesota FastTRAC:  88% of students in integrated, credit-bearing FastTRAC programs completed their initial course.  67% of students enrolled in FastTRAC ABE bridge courses completed and moved into an integrated course.• Wisconsin RISE (Regional Industry Skills Education):  Colleges report 90% of students complete postsecondary certificates.  RISE students’ math skill gains exceed those of students in standard math instruction (based on pre/post testing at several locations).  Students express high degrees of appreciation and satisfaction with integrated instruction in the career pathway bridge approach. 12
  • Thank you!Marcie Weadon-Moreno Foster Policy Analyst, CLASP mwmfoster@clasp.org 13