The success of JFF’s Accelerating Opportunity (AO) program, which helped adult learners gain better education and training, has spurred community college leaders in Kansas and Kentucky to take steps to keep key components of AO going. College leaders in both states, in partnership with JFF, saw an opportunity to expand the AO model of team teaching, supplemental instruction, and supportive services beyond adult basic education students to meet the needs of low-skilled learners and others in career and technical education (CTE) programs.
This work, called Accelerating CTE and funded by the ECMC Foundation, seeks to address a major challenge that many CTE students face: not completing a career or education program due to low academic skills and a lack of preparation for college-level coursework. This report presents initial observations on the implementation of team teaching and supplemental instruction in career pathways programs that are part of the Accelerating CTE program. Overall, the colleges, instructors, and students involved in Accelerating CTE report that team teaching and supplemental instruction are increasing student success in the classroom.