Lessons Learned from Shifting
Gears: Adult Education State
Policy Change for Postsecondary
Success
National College Transi...
What is Shifting Gears?
• Shifting Gears is a multi-year, multi-state policy change effort to
reform the way adult educati...
Why Now?
3
Shifting Gears
Shifting
Workforce
Shifting
Economy
A System-Led, Statewide Approach
• Re-engineer adult education, workforce development and
postsecondary education state po...
Shifting Gears Tactical Interventions
Policy Technical
Assistance
Data Technical
Assistance
Communications
Support
Network...
Common Themes of Shifting Gears State
Initiatives
• Each state has a unique, system-led, statewide approach.
• Common them...
Mark Johnson
Education Director for Adult High School and Developmental Studies,
Wisconsin Technical College System
WISCON...
Regional Industry Skills Education
• Mission: The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the
Wisconsin Technical Co...
RISE and Wisconsin’s Adult Career
Pathways Model
9
BelowPostsecondaryPostsecondary
1 year
2 years
Western Technical College
CNC Machinist
•Three 6-credit stacked college cer...
Postsecondary
Manufacturing Math 1
Manufacturing Math 1 – 1 Credit
Blueprint Reading – 1 Credit
Measurement and Inspection...
Funding
• Joyce Foundation funding helped with planning and
curriculum activities.
• A WTCS competitive funding source was...
Among Colleges’ Career Pathway Bridge and
Career Pathway Efforts
• CVTC-- Medical Assistant, Welding
• FVTC – ELL/CNA, ELL...
Among Colleges’ Career Pathway Bridge
and Career Pathway Efforts
• MSTC - Food Manufacturing, Customer Services/ Office Te...
• Local results have been very promising
• All 16 colleges and most workforce regions have been
involved, we’re continuing...
Anne Marie Leland
State Program Administrator, FastTRAC, Minnesota Dept. of Employme
and Economic Development
MINNESOTA FA...
Minnesota FastTRAC
Multi-Agency/Organization Partnership
Core state-agency partners
• Adult Basic Education – MN Departmen...
FastTRAC Program Model
POST-
SECONDARY
CREDENTIAL
OCCUPATIONAL
PREP
READINESS CAREER
AWARENESS
INTEGRATED
SUPPORT SYSTEMS
...
POST-
SECONDARY
CREDENTIAL
BRIDGE II
BRIDGE
PREP BRIDGE I
INTEGRATED
SUPPORT SYSTEMS
INTEGRATED
INSTRUCTION
Bridge Prep
In...
Braided Funding
• 2008-2009 – developed ABE occupational
bridge courses leading to postsecondary
customized training
– Joy...
Sustainable Funding - 2012
Drafted legislative proposal requesting $4.625
M in existing resources be used to support
FastT...
Healthcare FastTRAC Pathway
South Central Healthcare Pathway – 4 ABE
programs, one college, workforce
development and empl...
FastTRAC Success!
Since January 2010, preliminary results have shown –
• 34 FastTRAC programs became operational on 20 of ...
DRIVING IT HOME
24
Why State Policy?
• Scale
– Enables you to develop and test innovative models and
scale up those that work.
– Reach more s...
Lessons Learned from Shifting Gears
• Getting state-level buy in is challenging and can take years to accomplish
– but wor...
How Shifting Gears Fits In to the National
Landscape
• Federal Policy
• Administration initiatives are increasingly intera...
Find Out More
• Check out the Shifting Gears website: www.shifting-gears.org.
• Shifting Gears Reports:
– Statewide Data a...
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Presentation on the lessons learned from Shifting Gears, a state policy initiative in the Midwest designed to re-engineer state education and training systems to ensure more low-skilled adults obtain postsecondary credentials. Delivered as a conference session during the 2011 National College Transition Network Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

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  • A Shifting EconomyEarnings of college-educated workers have increased while earnings of those with a high school diploma have dropped. Workers who only finished high school are twice as likely to be unemployed as four-year college graduates. Benefits to student – typical adult education students average 30 to 80 hours and do not earn a credential with value in the labor market. A Shifting WorkforceThere is a skills-mismatch concentrated in the middle of the labor market.We cannot just focus on high school reform: 67 percent of the 2020 workforce is currently working.25 percent of American workers are underemployed because of low basic skills. Declining number of high school graduates. Currently, too few students in adult education are able to meet their postsecondary and employment goals that they need to achieve to be competitive.
  • State Progress – Common themes of the SG statesConvened cross‐agency policy groups, set system goals and identified multiple policy prioritiesExperimented with new program modelsCareer pathwaysBridge programsChunkingStackable credentialsDual enrollmentWraparound support servicesRegional partnershipsDeveloped new data infrastructure and analysesWisconsin pipeline studyIL eval reportIL portal for data sharingAchieved policy change in some areasDeveloped communication plansEngaged in field building and TAWI TANF webinar seriesMN professional development forumsIL regional forums 
  • ISIS is a rigorous evaluation of next-generation strategies for increasing the economic self-sufficiency of low-income individuals and families.The project is conducting random assignment tests of innovative career pathways approaches aimed at increasing access to and success in post-secondary education around the United States. The information from these rigorous tests should be of great interest to federal, state and local policymakers. We are pleased that two of the nine study sites will be at Madison College and Milwaukee Area Technical College in Wisconsin. ISIS support will encourage these two colleges to do large-scale, controlled evaluations of team-taught career pathway bridges so that their effectiveness can be measured in terms of effect on individuals' employment, earnings, and other outcomes, as well as a cost-benefit analysis. We are pleased to be a partner in this evaluation and want to thank the partners for inviting two of our colleges to participate.[FYI Morna, as part of the study Milwaukee Area Technical College will deliver team taught Career Pathway Bridge instruction that leads to certificates and college credit in the areas of nursing assistant, pre-engineering/computer assisted design, office technology, culinary arts and automotive technology. Madison College will initially focus on patient care certificates.]The last slide leads to more information, student teacher videos, etc.
  • ISIS is a rigorous evaluation of next-generation strategies for increasing the economic self-sufficiency of low-income individuals and families.The project is conducting random assignment tests of innovative career pathways approaches aimed at increasing access to and success in post-secondary education around the United States. The information from these rigorous tests should be of great interest to federal, state and local policymakers. We are pleased that two of the nine study sites will be at Madison College and Milwaukee Area Technical College in Wisconsin. ISIS support will encourage these two colleges to do large-scale, controlled evaluations of team-taught career pathway bridges so that their effectiveness can be measured in terms of effect on individuals' employment, earnings, and other outcomes, as well as a cost-benefit analysis. We are pleased to be a partner in this evaluation and want to thank the partners for inviting two of our colleges to participate.[FYI Morna, as part of the study Milwaukee Area Technical College will deliver team taught Career Pathway Bridge instruction that leads to certificates and college credit in the areas of nursing assistant, pre-engineering/computer assisted design, office technology, culinary arts and automotive technology. Madison College will initially focus on patient care certificates.]The last slide leads to more information, student teacher videos, etc.
  • Governance Structure
  • How partnerships work
  • How students move through the model. The FastTRAC program model includes programming along the full spectrum of adult basic education. It includes READINESS, CAREER AWARNESS, BRIDGE TO move learners to INTEGRATED INSTRUCTION, INTEGRATED INSTRUCTION with ABE/MnSCU working together in the classroom, and then the “build out” to postsecondary credential completion. All with integrated support services underpinning the work. In between the INTEGRATED INSTRUCTION and achieving the PS credential there are additional components. And this next slide
  • Lessons Learned re: Policy and Sustainability (WS)Goals matterFunding incentives do change behaviorMoving from discretionary funding to sustained funding is key and difficultImplementation work is intensiveStrong communications and advocacy needed for sustainability Need more evidence of what worksData tracking is crucial yet more is needed to build demand for it
  • Lessons Learned from Shifting Gears: Adult Education State Policy Change for Postsecondary Success

    1. 1. Lessons Learned from Shifting Gears: Adult Education State Policy Change for Postsecondary Success National College Transition Network Conference November 14, 2011 Marcie Foster, CLASP Mark Johnson, Wisconsin Technical College System Anne Marie Leland, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 1
    2. 2. What is Shifting Gears? • Shifting Gears is a multi-year, multi-state policy change effort to reform the way adult education is delivered in five Midwestern states. • The goal of the initiative is to ensure that more lower-skilled adults are able to obtain postsecondary credentials that can help them obtain family-sustaining jobs and allow for career advancement. • Launched in 2007 by the Joyce Foundation. Two phases – Shifting Gears 1.0 (planning) and 2.0 (implementation). 2
    3. 3. Why Now? 3 Shifting Gears Shifting Workforce Shifting Economy
    4. 4. A System-Led, Statewide Approach • Re-engineer adult education, workforce development and postsecondary education state policies to support economic growth and expand job opportunities for low-skilled workers in the Midwest using a systemic, state-wide approach. • Strengthen the connections between the various programs to create pathways to college and career success for low-income working adults using an interagency team approach. • Go beyond a traditional transition model and change the way adult education is delivered so that students are, right from the start, on their way to earning a postsecondary credential. 4
    5. 5. Shifting Gears Tactical Interventions Policy Technical Assistance Data Technical Assistance Communications Support Networking/Cross- State Sharing Evaluation 5
    6. 6. Common Themes of Shifting Gears State Initiatives • Each state has a unique, system-led, statewide approach. • Common themes include: • Seeking (and accomplishing in some cases) administrative and/or legislative policy change to improve the likelihood of scale for Shifting Gears reforms; • Using innovative delivery models: integrated education and training models, concurrent enrollment models, “chunking;” • Developing career pathways and ensuring the inclusion of supportive services; • Analyzing data to improve program performance and better serve students in need; • Engaging in field building, technical assistance , and professional development to help institutions, faculty, and staff understand the value of the Shifting Gears state effort and learn how they can be a part of it; • Developing a communications plan to generate support for the effort and build awareness among eligible and interested students. 6
    7. 7. Mark Johnson Education Director for Adult High School and Developmental Studies, Wisconsin Technical College System WISCONSIN RISE 7
    8. 8. Regional Industry Skills Education • Mission: The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) will lead collaboration to make industry-driven career pathways a core organizing principle for employment and training programs throughout Wisconsin. • In partnership with Wisconsin’s sixteen technical college districts and eleven Workforce Development Boards, this initiative will serve as the catalyst to align region partnerships, sector-based programs and state systems around a career pathways model; to bring industry-driven career pathways to scale throughout the state; and to provide new career-ladder footholds to low-wage workers with limited skills. 8
    9. 9. RISE and Wisconsin’s Adult Career Pathways Model 9
    10. 10. BelowPostsecondaryPostsecondary 1 year 2 years Western Technical College CNC Machinist •Three 6-credit stacked college certificates (each with job exit points) that continue into the Career Pathway. •3 credits of integrated ABE support (the Career Pathway Bridge) help students successfully complete the first certificate. Machine Tool Operator Diploma Advanced Manufacturing AA Degree ABE/ELL Support (3 cr.) CNC Programmer CNC Set-up Set Up CNC Set-up Operator 10
    11. 11. Postsecondary Manufacturing Math 1 Manufacturing Math 1 – 1 Credit Blueprint Reading – 1 Credit Measurement and Inspection – 1 Credit Introduction to Machining – 1 Credit CNC Production Lathe: Operation – 1 Credit CNC Production Mill: Operation – 1 Credit ABE Math (CNC Pathway) NRS 5 -- 2 Credits ABE Reading and Study Skills – 1 Credit Close-up of the first certificate of the WTC CNC Machinist Career Pathway (6 credits college and 3 credits basic skills blended together) Below Postsecondary 11
    12. 12. Funding • Joyce Foundation funding helped with planning and curriculum activities. • A WTCS competitive funding source was used to encourage pilots, and DWD WIA discretionary dollars also provided support. • Explicit mention in larger AEFL, state ABE, health care and emerging occupations funding sources. • Lots of discussions with partners about braiding funding, using this approach to meet each others’ performance metrics. 12
    13. 13. Among Colleges’ Career Pathway Bridge and Career Pathway Efforts • CVTC-- Medical Assistant, Welding • FVTC – ELL/CNA, ELL/Business Professional Certificate • GTC - CNA, Welding, Auto Mechanic • LTC - CNA to Nursing, Culinary, Hospitality/Tourism • Madison – Health, Medical Assistant, Administrative Professional, Manufacturing • Milwaukee – ELL/CNA, Office Technology, Green Curriculum, Welding, Automotive, CAD • MPTC – Welding, Automotive, CNA, Culinary, Instructional Assistant 13
    14. 14. Among Colleges’ Career Pathway Bridge and Career Pathway Efforts • MSTC - Food Manufacturing, Customer Services/ Office Technology • Nicolet – Receptionist/Administrative Professional, Welding Pathway • NTC – CNA, Manufacturing Electronic Maintenance • NWTC - ELL/CNA, Medical Assistant/Health Care Customer Service, ELL/Welding, Automotive, CNC/Machine Tool, Accounting, Business • SWTC - Welding, CNC, Clinical Phlebotomy Specialist • WCTC - ELL/CNA, ELL/Customer Service, ABE/ELL Welding • WITC - possible areas include Early Childhood Education, Medical Admin Specialist, Microsoft Office Administrative Professional and Welding. • WTC - Medical Administrative Professional, Food and Hospitality Pathway, CNC, etc 14
    15. 15. • Local results have been very promising • All 16 colleges and most workforce regions have been involved, we’re continuing to work through the issues re cultural change and going to scale • We anticipate over a thousand low skill adults achieving college credentials yearly through this approach • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J8eIxzb5Sk Results are Promising 15
    16. 16. Anne Marie Leland State Program Administrator, FastTRAC, Minnesota Dept. of Employme and Economic Development MINNESOTA FASTTRAC 16
    17. 17. Minnesota FastTRAC Multi-Agency/Organization Partnership Core state-agency partners • Adult Basic Education – MN Department of Education • Workforce Development – MN Department of Employment & Economic Development • Postsecondary (2 & 4 yr colleges) – MN State Colleges and Universities 17
    18. 18. FastTRAC Program Model POST- SECONDARY CREDENTIAL OCCUPATIONAL PREP READINESS CAREER AWARENESS INTEGRATED SUPPORT SYSTEMS Resources that help students complete the programs INTEGRATED INSTRUCTION 18
    19. 19. POST- SECONDARY CREDENTIAL BRIDGE II BRIDGE PREP BRIDGE I INTEGRATED SUPPORT SYSTEMS INTEGRATED INSTRUCTION Bridge Prep Intentional focus on work skills into beginning basic adult education Bridge I Low intermediate reading, writing, speaking, and math skills taught in the context of a variety of occupational sectors Bridge II High intermediate basic skills and focused preparation for targeted postsecondary occupational courses in the context of a specific occupational sector Integrated Instruction Adult Basic Education skill building within a Career & Technical Education course Support services for success including barrier mitigation, career advising, system navigation provided by workforce development, community based organizations, and human services Industry recognized credential in regional high demand field Model - Details 19
    20. 20. Braided Funding • 2008-2009 – developed ABE occupational bridge courses leading to postsecondary customized training – Joyce Foundation, Federal ABE & WIA 1b • 2010-2011 – developed ABE occupational bridge courses leading to credit-bearing postsecondary pathway education – Joyce Foundation, Federal ABE & WIA 1b, Human Services, United Way, MnSCU 20
    21. 21. Sustainable Funding - 2012 Drafted legislative proposal requesting $4.625 M in existing resources be used to support FastTRAC programming • Supports on-going pathways – funding used for student tuition and other wrap-around service needs • Supports new pathways - funding used for student tuition and other wrap-around service needs and program start-up 21
    22. 22. Healthcare FastTRAC Pathway South Central Healthcare Pathway – 4 ABE programs, one college, workforce development and employers 4:44 – 5:10 5:40 – 7:45 – male student talks about impact on family, then instructors talk about co- teaching 22
    23. 23. FastTRAC Success! Since January 2010, preliminary results have shown – • 34 FastTRAC programs became operational on 20 of the 47 college campuses. • 26 (approximately 90% of Minnesota’s ABE service delivery) of 51 ABE consortia have created bridge and integrated programming with FastTRAC funding. • 807 adults have enrolled in FastTRAC ABE bridge courses, 540 have completed to date and moved into an integrated course – a success rate of 67%. • In the integrated model, 415 adults were served as of August 2011, and 364 adults have completed an integrated course – a success rate of 88%. 23
    24. 24. DRIVING IT HOME 24
    25. 25. Why State Policy? • Scale – Enables you to develop and test innovative models and scale up those that work. – Reach more students! • Sustainability – Access more funding (particularly federal funding that flows through states). Go beyond “seed” funding. – Interagency approach means more partners/potential supporters. 25
    26. 26. Lessons Learned from Shifting Gears • Getting state-level buy in is challenging and can take years to accomplish – but worth it. State-level support is critical to creating a truly scalable and sustainable model for the purposes of obtaining new resources, dedicating federal and state formula funds, future RFPs, developing interagency relationships to enhance outcomes for students, and more. • Programs must measure outcomes in any way they can. Evidence of success will help lay the groundwork for continued support and prepare you for success for state, federal and local grants. • Field building is key – engaging local partners, CBOs, local industry and employers. The distinction between building top-down and bottom-up is a false one – need to do both. • Support Services are difficult to fund, but absolutely essential. A lack of a supportive network can be a make or break from the student’s perspective. 26
    27. 27. How Shifting Gears Fits In to the National Landscape • Federal Policy • Administration initiatives are increasingly interagency – focused and pathways-focused. • WIA reauthorization bill (Senate) emphasizes alignment and encourages the use of these types of innovations. • Accelerating Opportunity • Two Shifting Gears states participating (WI + IL). • Federal and State Budgets • Despite the tough budget climate, these approaches can work using braided funding models. 27
    28. 28. Find Out More • Check out the Shifting Gears website: www.shifting-gears.org. • Shifting Gears Reports: – Statewide Data as a Lever for Systems Change: Experiences and Lessons from Shifting Gears Derek Price and Brandon Roberts. (September 2010) – Shifting Gears: State Innovation to Advance Workers and the Economy in the Midwest Julie Strawn. CLASP. (July 2010) – Educating Adult Workers: The Shifting Gears Approach to Systems Change Brandon Roberts and Derek Price. (December 2009) • A public evaluation report will be released in the summer of 2012. 28

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