Building Our Competitive Edge:

How Adult Education Leverages Multi-System Partnerships

for Student Success

February 8, 2012

1539 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

2:45 pm — 4:00 pm

At least 30 million adults in the U.S.  do not have the education or English language skills needed to compete for today’s jobs.  These adults commonly turn to adult education programs to boost their basic skills and obtain employment or prepare for further education.  Due to an increasing demand for postsecondary credentials and higher-level skills, adult education programs are developing effective partnerships with community colleges, community-based organizations, and the workforce system to ensure their students can earn the credentials and gain the skills they need more quickly and efficiently.

Join the House Adult Literacy Caucus to learn about model programs that have developed partnerships to enhance their adult basic education and English language learning services to be more competitive in a changing economy.

Featured Model Programs

Barry Shaffer, Minnesota State Director of Adult Education and Co-director, Minnesota FastTRAC Initiative, Minnesota Department of Education

FastTRAC’s innovative approach helps educationally underprepared adults succeed in well-paying careers by integrating basic skills education and career-specific training in fields where new skills are in high demand.

Rita Daniels, Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers and Advocates (LVA), Washington, DC

LVA collaborates with agencies and organizations—such as GED preparation, employment services, job readiness training, and re-entry programs—to help adults accelerate through literacy levels and achieve their literacy goals. Literacy Volunteers and Advocates is the only community-based organization in the District of Columbia that works exclusively with adults below the 6th grade equivalency level.

Tom DuBois, Director of New Initiatives, Instituto del Progreso Latino

Mr. DuBois will share how the Instituto del Progreso Latino, through its career pathway programs in healthcare, manufacturing, and construction, partners with various organizations to bridge limited English-proficient individuals into college advanced certificate programs.  These programs prepare and place students into careers as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), programmers of computer numerical control machines (CNCs), and certified experts in Building Energy Technologies (BET).

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