Early Lessons from the College Success for Single Mothers Project (Data Collection)

Eight community colleges were selected in June, 2020, to participate in College Success for Single Mothers, a project led by Word Education’s National College Transition Network (NCTN) in partnership with Achieving the Dream and PERG Learning, with funding from ECMC Foundation. The goal of the project is to identify the needs of single mother students … Continue reading Early Lessons from the College Success for Single Mothers Project (Data Collection)

Advancing Equity in the Workforce with the 2Gen Approach

The United States workforce has an equity problem. As wealth inequality surges, a closer look at the workforce indicates that all workers are not starting in the same place. Even when individuals have access to education and training, structural inequality underpins barriers to employment and success.  In their report Race-Explicit Strategies for Workforce Equity in … Continue reading Advancing Equity in the Workforce with the 2Gen Approach

Reconnecting and Intersecting within Adult Education

The education and career path for adult learners is often nonlinear. Like a spiral staircase, you might find yourself coming back to the same point on a circle — to the same organization, or to the same people — but on a different plane than before. Similarly, as adult educators, we can never predict where … Continue reading Reconnecting and Intersecting within Adult Education

How Washington state is centering equity and justice in adult education

Adult educators have long looked to Washington State for inspiration. The Washington Integrated Basic Education and Skill Training (I-BEST) remains the Cadillac of Integrated Education & Training (IET) models, replicated in the Accelerated Opportunity initiative and continuing in states across the country. As of July 1, there is yet another reason to admire Washington’s Basic … Continue reading How Washington state is centering equity and justice in adult education

4 Big Ideas from the 2019 NCTN Conference

One question that drives our work is, “Can we make adult education accessible, affordable, and open doors to opportunities?” The answer comes in many forms from many different voices. After three days at the 2019 National College Transition Network Conference, one thing is clear: enabling adult learners with college and career readiness requires all hands … Continue reading 4 Big Ideas from the 2019 NCTN Conference

Backpacks to Briefcases: Taking the Leap to College

For many high school students, taking the step from high school to college is a natural one. But most adult education students face barriers that make the step feel more like a leap: not knowing what program is a good fit, being unaware of critical financial aid or scholarship information, or missing the personal success … Continue reading Backpacks to Briefcases: Taking the Leap to College

Single Mothers’ Career Readiness and Success

This blog is based on a literature review written by Dr. Mina Reddy, Independent Consultant. Sandy Goodman and Ellen Hewett of the National College Transition Network contributed to its development Education and training have the potential for life-changing benefits for single mothers and their children. Single mothers are a growing segment of the postsecondary student … Continue reading Single Mothers’ Career Readiness and Success

Developing Meaningful Workplace Curriculum

Our workplace education students at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center (Seaport) are some of the lucky ones who have an employer who recognizes their potential for growth. Twice a week for a total of four hours a week, employees come to one of two workplace ESOL classes on 100% paid release time. The … Continue reading Developing Meaningful Workplace Curriculum

Insights and Innovations from the 2017 NCTN Conference

The overall theme of NCTN’s 11th annual Effective Transitions in Adult Education Conference was Connect and Engage.  The plenary session in particular was dedicated to that theme. John Sarrouf from Essential Partners shared insights and guided experiential exercises to create an inspiring learning experience.  During the current climate of disconnection, it was meaningful to have the time to sharpen our abilities to … Continue reading Insights and Innovations from the 2017 NCTN Conference

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