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Tuesday March 17, 2015
This is the final post in our series on state funding strategies to support integrated career pathways. It focuses on Kansas’ GED Accelerator and AO-K Proviso, two pieces of legislation designed to support students. Previously, we looked at Washington’s use of SNAP E&T funds and Illinois’ performance-based funding system.  For more information, read about why it is important to create a policy environment that is conducive to the success of programs like Accelerating Opportunity and why state-level solutions for support like this one are so critical.  ----- Performance-Based Incentive...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Friday March 13, 2015
This post explores another example in our series about state funding solutions to support integrated career pathways. Work like this is part of our Accelerating Opportunity initiative, which leads more underserved learners through Adult Basic Education to a credential of value in the labor market through these pathways. Our previous post covered Washington’s use of SNAP E&T funds to support education and job training for low-income adults.  For more information, read about why it is important to create a policy environment that is conducive to the success of programs like Accelerating...
Tags: State-Local Higher Education Policy, Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Monday December 22, 2014
This post explores an example of a state funding solution to support integrated career pathways. Work like this is part of our Accelerating Opportunity initiative, which leads more underserved learners through Adult Basic Education to a credential of value in the labor market through these pathways. Washington has found a solution through the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education and Training (SNAP E&T).  For more information, read about why it is important to create a policy environment that is conducive to the success of programs like Accelerating Opportunity and I...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Thursday November 13, 2014
The integrated career pathways model, first developed and piloted in Washington State, is a proven approach that enables Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English language learners to earn postsecondary, credit-bearing credentials. As we discussed in a previous post, Jobs for the Future has expanded the I-BEST model nationally through the Accelerating Opportunity initiative to 7 additional states and 78 community colleges. Although the evaluation is in its early stages, results from this expansion are promising. Over the last 30 months, the initiative has enrolled 6,200 students, roughly half...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Thursday August 28, 2014
Originally posted as part of the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy's blog on August 19th.  In this blog, JFF Program Director Gloria Mwase, reflects on the expansion and integration of adult education across the country, and the continued need for federal support to promote the success of integrated pathways. To learn about other innovative pathways initiatives like this, join us at Bridging the Gap: Postsecondary Pathways for Underprepared Learners. The conference is April 8-9, 2015 in New Orleans.  The last few years have been an exciting time in adult education, as prior efforts...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education, Literacy