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Transforming Adult Education in Indiana Through Adult Career Pathways. Marie Mackintosh Director of Education and Training Programs. Overview. The Challenge Workforce Development and Adult Education Regional Approach Bridging the Gap: Adult Education, GED+ and Career Pathways

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Transforming Adult Education in Indiana Through Adult Career Pathways

Marie Mackintosh

Director of Education and Training Programs


  • The Challenge

  • Workforce Development and Adult Education

  • Regional Approach

  • Bridging the Gap: Adult Education, GED+ and Career Pathways

  • GED+ Programs, Implementation, Microgrants

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Educational Demand Nationally

  • Carnevale—Georgetown University

    • 2018: 55% of jobs will require post-secondary ed (middle skills attainment)

    • Bureau of Labor Statistics—Out of Workforce (2009)

      • 35% of all high school dropouts

      • 10% of college graduates

  • David Leonhardt—NYT

    • 1954: 96% of men 24-54 worked

    • 2011: approximately 80%

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Education, UI and Earnings

Indiana Adult Education Needs

Source: Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2008

Gap Analysis

  • Target:

    • 500K+ adults without HS diploma/GED

    • 20K HS dropouts each year

  • Limited delivery capacity in adult education

  • Employer demand for middle skills attainment

  • Need for integration among partners for comprehensive service delivery to clients

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    Comprehensive Regional Approach

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    Adult Education Partnerships

    Workforce Development and Adult Education

    • DWD became the eligible agency for Adult Education effective April 1, 2011

    • Focusing on increasing capacity, efficient delivery, and employment and retention

    • Increased emphasis on occupational certifications and post-secondary transitions

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    Workforce Development At a Glance

    • One Stop (WorkOne) services include improving skills through Occupational Training

      • Services provided include: Career counseling; case management; delivery of assessments; skills evaluation; workshops/computer classes; resume development; career planning; occupational training; job attainment

    • 12 Economic Growth Regions; 11 for delivery of adult education

      • 27 Full Service Centers; 65 Express Centers

      • Newly designed Training Provider Policy:;

      • Newly established Customer Flow Policy:

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    Bridging the Gap: Indiana Adult Career Pathways

    • A framework that connects adult education programs, occupational training programs, post secondary institutions, and employers

      • Each step prepares students for the next level of work and education through contextualized learning and concurrent training.

      • Each credential in a pathway should build on the previous credential so that students who earn them are increasing both career and earning opportunities.

      • Credentials are industry recognized and achieved through the passage of a standardized skill assessment

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    Adult Career Pathways in Indiana

    • Five industry sectors (career clusters) were chosen

      • Healthcare

      • Information Technology

      • Business Administration

      • Advanced Manufacturing

      • Transportation, Distribution, Logistics

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    Adult Career Pathways in Indiana

    • Focuses on long-term solutions with short-term objectives

    • Offers a model that is both flexible and adaptable to local/regional needs

    • Requires significant employer and community engagement at the local level

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    Implementation: 3-year plan

    • DWD narrowed down DOE’s secondary career pathways work to five sectors (clusters)

    • DWD researched 15 entry-level certifications (3 per sector) and offered a framework for developing bridge programs

    • Adult education consortia are responsible for developing adult career pathways based on the certifications

    • The consortia are expected to roll out 5 new pathways each academic year.

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    Implementation Matrix

    • Required elements of the implementation matrix:

      • Program Design

      • Curriculum and Instruction

      • Implementation Strategy

      • Employer Partnerships

      • Supportive Services

      • Accountability

      • Sustainability

      • Recommended Pathway Continuation

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    GED+ Programs

    • Focused on entry-level positions that are the first step in a career ladder

    • Industry recognized certifications in growing occupations and industries

    • Individuals must pass an objective, verified assessment prior to earning the certification

    • Ideally learners would earn the certifications concurrently to working toward their GED

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    Example – Certified Nursing Aide

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    Certification Framework: Healthcare

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    Certification Framework: Information Technology

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    Certification Framework: Business

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    Certification Framework: Advanced Manufacturing

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    Certification Framework:Transportation, Distribution, Logistics

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    Implementation: Year 1

    • Each region had to implement 5 GED+ programs by September 6, 2011

    • Learning Outcomes offered to consortia to ensure consistency

    • $2.5M in WIA Title I discretionary vouchers made available to pay tuition for GED+ program for clients dual enrolled in adult education and WorkOne services.

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    • Offered up to $12,000 per GED+ program, per consortium, for program development

    • Eligible Costs:

      • Stipends for curriculum development

      • Instructor salary

      • Materials or small equipment

      • Administrative overhead such as facilities or equipment rental

    • To date, 23 microgrants have been issued to 8 regions as seed money

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    Emerging Innovative Practices

    • Adult Education and Occupational Training co-location

    • Unique intake and screening processes

    • Online Instruction opportunities

    • Coupling OJT training with GED+ program

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    Contact Information

    • Marie Mackintosh, Director of Education and Training Programs

    • [email protected]

    • 317.233.6792

    • Monica Markovich, Program Manager

    • [email protected]

    • 317.232.7375

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