Using Distance Learning to Strengthen Access to Rural Healthcare Career Pathway Programs

A key challenge to builders of career pathway programs is creating entry points for adults with multiple academic and skill levels. The National College Transition Network (NCTN) has designed accelerated career pathways with adult education, community college and workforce systems and knows first-hand that this challenge is intensified for pathways in rural areas. Geographic distance, … Continue reading Using Distance Learning to Strengthen Access to Rural Healthcare Career Pathway Programs

World Education and Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center Partner to Offer English Classes

Thanks to an exciting partnership between World Education and Boston’s Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, 22 Seaport team members have begun taking ESOL classes through a new workplace education program called English for Seaport Team Members.  The classes are the result of the collaborative workplace planning process between World Education and the Seaport Hotel and World … Continue reading World Education and Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center Partner to Offer English Classes

Defining Work Readiness

Adult learners often seek to improve their basic skills because they want better jobs. And as adult educators, we want to provide them with the skills they need to get those jobs. But what if there are simply not enough good jobs to go around? Do we proceed, happy that at least a few will procure that “better job”? Or do we help our learners gain the skills they need to turn bad jobs into better jobs?

The fact is: there are a lot of really bad jobs out there, and the bad jobs are growing the fastest. Read more…

A New Resource to Share: World Education’s Guide to ELA Classroom Activities

World Education, Inc. has felt the need to provide teachers with classroom-ready activities that apply standards rather than providing only lists of standards around which teachers then have to create activities. Our new Guide to ELA Classroom Activities That Promote Life Skills, College, and Career Readiness provides a large number of suggested classroom tasks that … Continue reading A New Resource to Share: World Education’s Guide to ELA Classroom Activities

You Can Get There From Here: College and Career Navigators

Concerns about the costs of college, financial burdens and the value of postsecondary education surround the discourse about President Obama’s college completion agenda. Additionally, many students, especially adult learners, first generation college goers and other nontraditional college students, arrive at college without adequate academic and personal preparation and, consequently, low persistence rates. The ambitious college … Continue reading You Can Get There From Here: College and Career Navigators

Career Readiness: In Theory and In Practice

Most ABE practitioners would agree that conceptually college and career readiness is critically important for adult learners. In addition to the academic rigor laid out by the newest College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, students will need comportment skills to secure and hold jobs. As we think about how to translate such concepts … Continue reading Career Readiness: In Theory and In Practice

What Good Teachers Already Knew about the CCRS

Several months back, many of us who labor to design professional development in Massachusetts were assuming that the new College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (Pimental 2013) were going to hit our adult basic education (ABE) teachers like a tsunami. Whenever we intoned the new terminology–“instructional shifts,” “the new rigor”– we usually did … Continue reading What Good Teachers Already Knew about the CCRS

Helping Healthcare Workers Persist in Online Learning: Lessons Learned

Many frontline healthcare workers, especially Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs), would like to advance in their careers and enter a nursing program at their local college. Admission to programs is very competitive, however, and applicants typically need to complete challenging pre-requisite courses in writing, math, and sciences before they can even apply to a nursing program. … Continue reading Helping Healthcare Workers Persist in Online Learning: Lessons Learned