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Mission Possible – Building Adult Education Career Pathways System. Today’s Session. Discuss goals for Florida’s Adult Education Career Pathways System Highlight elements for successful AECP Share strategies for improving 5-year strategic plans. Tuition $45 or $30. Career & College Ready.

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Mission possible building adult education career pathways system

Mission Possible – Building Adult Education Career Pathways System

Today s session

Today’s Session

  • Discuss goals for Florida’s Adult Education Career Pathways System

  • Highlight elements for successful AECP

  • Share strategies for improving 5-year strategic plans

Mission possible building adult education career pathways system


$45 or


Career & College Ready

Career Pathways










NRS Data Reporting

Decreased Funding



Managed Enrollment

Transforming adult education

Transforming Adult Education

  • Projected that more than 70% of jobs created from 2006-2020 will require more than a high school diploma.

  • Adult Education is one of the building blocks for Florida’s economic and workforce development efforts.

  • Adult Education Career Pathways – Strategic vision for Florida’s Adult Education System

  • Career Pathways Strategic Plan – http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/adulted/resources.asp

Transforming adult education aecp system goals

Transforming Adult Education – AECP System Goals

  • To increase the number & percentage of adult education students who enter postsecondary education & earn a degree, certificate, and/or industry credential.

  • By 2015-16, at least 50% of all adult general education students who earn an adult high school diploma or GED will successfully transition, by the end of the following academic year, into post-secondary education.

  • Students are career & college ready.

College and career ready

College and Career Ready

  • Students are considered college and career ready when they have the knowledge, skills, and academic preparation needed to enroll and succeed in introductory college credit-bearing courses within a postsecondary without the need for remediation.

What are adult education career pathways

What are Adult Education Career Pathways?

  • Not a separate program but a systemic framework

  • Framework that weaves together existing adult education programs, work, training, and postsecondary education

  • Streamlines the path to postsecondary education and credentials

  • Adults have access to significant counseling and support services

  • Florida’s system - every adult education learner will have a career plan

What s different with aecp

What’s Different with AECP?

  • Contextualized curriculum

  • Support services including career planning

  • Roadmaps with multiple entry and exit points with vertical and lateral movement within an occupation or career cluster

  • Transition or bridge programs

  • Community and business partnership arrangements

  • High school diploma or GED not the end goal

  • Analyzing data and using for program improvement

What will the florida aecp system look like

What will the Florida AECP System Look Like?

  • Increased retention and persistence

  • Increased number of AE learners that enter postsecondary and earn a certificate, degree, and/or industry credential.

  • Reduced number of AE learners that need remedial college prep classes

  • Increased number of prepared workers in the workplace

How do we know what skills are needed

How do we know what skills are needed?

  • Local Labor Market Information (LMI)

  • Targeted Industry Clusters

  • High Priority Occupations

  • Learner Self-Appraisal

    • What skills do I have?

    • What areas am I deficient?

    • What are my abilities?

Questions to consider

Questions to consider

  • How do we stay current regarding the future of the workforce in order to help adult learners be successful?

  • How do we know what types of skills and should be integrated into adult education classrooms?

    • O*NET www.onetonline.org

    • Florida Choices www.flchoices.org

    • Florida Bureau of Labor Statistics www.labormarketinfo.com

    • America’s Career InfoNETwww.jobbankinfo.org

Top ten skills for the future

Top Ten Skills for the Future

  • Work ethic

  • Physical skills

  • Verbal (oral) communication

  • Written communication

  • Working directly with people, relationship building, and team work

Top ten skills for the future con t

Top Ten Skills for the Future, Con’t.

  • Influencing people

  • Gathering & organizing information

  • Using quantitative tools, e.g., statistics, graphs, or spreadsheets

  • Asking & answering the right questions, evaluating information, & applying knowledge

  • Solving problems, including identifying problems, developing possible solutions, & implementing solutions

  • Bill Coplin. Ten things employers want [young people] to learn in college. The Futurist Update (Vol. 5, No. 2).

Integrate career clusters

Integrate Career Clusters

  • Career Clusters are groupings of occupations and industries.

  • Organizes the occupations, within each cluster, into pathways that group the cluster occupations based on commonalities.

  • These groupings are used as an organizing tool for curriculum design.

  • Used as a career guidance tool

Adding the career planning component

Adding the Career Planning Component

Mission possible building adult education career pathways system

Even if you're on the right track, you'll

get run over if you just sit there.

Will Rogers

Adult education in the spotlight

Adult Education in the Spotlight

  • OPPAGA Reports

    • Completing adult education programs improves students’ employability

    • Some programs implementing Transition to Postsecondary Programs

    • Program completion rates low

Transforming adult education1

Transforming Adult Education

  • Core mission is work readiness & preparation for postsecondary education & training

  • Building an Adult Education Career Pathways System

    • Grants

    • Professional development

Transition grants

Transition Grants

  • Broward

  • Columbia

  • Citrus

  • Polk

  • Manatee

  • Palm Beach

  • Miami Dade

  • Northwest Florida State College

  • Florida State College at Jacksonville

  • Indian River State College

  • Central Florida State College

Building state capacity

Building State Capacity

  • Adult Education Career Pathways Grant

    • Students develop a career and education plan

    • Establish a steering committee to oversee development and implementation of strategic plan

    • 5-year strategic plans

    • Strategic plans approved by internal review team

    • Provide technical assistance

Career education planning standards

Career & Education Planning Standards

  • Develop skills to locate, evaluate, and interpret career information.

  • Identify interests, skills, ability to learn, and personal preferences that influence career and education choices.

  • Identify career cluster and related pathways that match career and education goals.

  • Develop and manage a career plan.

Staff development

Staff Development

  • Career Pathways Orientation (CORD)

  • CHOICES Training

  • Using Data for Program Improvement

  • Technical assistance – Model Career Pathway Program

Analyze current program to identify gaps

Analyze Current Program to Identify Gaps

  • Review areas of focus

  • Identify areas for improvement

  • Review data

    • Enrollments

    • Separations

    • Learning gains

    • Completions

    • Assessment results

Areas of focus for strategic plans

Areas of Focus for Strategic Plans

  • Program Design

  • Curriculum & Instruction

  • Professional Development

  • Student Support Services

  • Assessment

  • Partnerships

  • Marketing

  • Accountability

Program design

Program Design

  • Partners agree upon the structure of the system

  • Establish basic skill levels students must attain to transition to postsecondary education without remediation

  • Include an orientation to career pathways for students

    • Overview of required and optional courses

    • How to progress through the program

    • Early identification of interests/career goal

  • Include process for students to develop career plan

  • Regardless entry point, students receive extensive & on-going career guidance

Program design1

Program Design

  • Accelerated pathways for students to move forward as quickly as possible

    • High-Intensity Programs – number of hours per week

  • Managed enrollment

  • Strategies for increasing accessibility

    • Alternative locations

    • Times that accommodate working and non-working adults

  • Develop road maps

    • Partnership with postsecondary

What are road maps

What Are Road Maps?

  • Roadmaps are visual diagrams

    that Illustrate multiple entries

    and exit points and depicts

    vertical and lateral movement

    within an occupation or career cluster.

  • These graphics assist students and workers as they navigate pathways to better jobs and increased earnings.

Core elements

Core Elements

  • May include:

  • occupation(s)

  • competencies/skills

  • college courses associated with certificates, degrees or credentials

  • wages

  •  labor market data/demand

  • industry-recognized credential (if applicable)

Roadmap examples

Roadmap Examples

  • Oregon community college examples roadmaps http://cpwebtool.org/Live_Roadmap_Examples

  • State resources http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/adulted/

Curriculum instruction

Curriculum & Instruction

  • Analyze Curriculum

    • Review student outcomes

    • Success of different lessons

    • Instructor’s observations on students’ skill gaps and grasp of different topics

    • Feedback from students about the course

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Curriculum & Instruction

  • Translate standards into curriculum

  • Instructional methods to teach work readiness skills

    • Problem solving

    • Critical thinking

    • Team work

    • Following instructions

    • Good work habits

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Curriculum & Instruction

  • Modify curriculum

    • Goal setting

    • Note taking & study skills

    • Employability skills

    • Career pathways provide context for students to learn how academic concepts are used in the workplace

Curriculum and instruction

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Contextualized Curriculum

    • Programs incorporate content from the occupational curriculum

    • Allows individuals to prepare for challenges they might face in the training program or on the job.

Mission possible building adult education career pathways system

People learn more effectively when they are learning about something that they are interested in, that they already know something about, and that affords them the opportunity to use what they already know to figure out new things.

Contextualization using career exploration

Contextualization Using Career Exploration

  • Career exploration including:

    • Discovering their interests and aptitudes

    • Identify career goals

    • Investigating career options

    • Learning from professionals in different fields

    • Learn how to analyze and use labor market information

    • Bring workplace experiences through videos and contacts/presentation from employers

Mission possible building adult education career pathways system

What support does your program need to implement contextualized instruction?

Student support services

Student Support Services

  • What support services are available to ensure students are aware of the career pathways program?

  • What services are available to assist students to develop a career plan? When and who?

  • What support services do students need to enter, stay in the program and complete or move to the next level?

  • What support services to identify & remove barriers that prevent students from entering, completing levels, and exiting

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Student Support Services

  • Social and academic supports

    • Childcare, transportation, tuition

    • Tutors

  • Develop career & education plans

Gap analysis accountability

Gap Analysis- Accountability

  • Review data

    • Enrollments

    • Separations

    • Learning gains

    • Completions

    • Assessment results

    • Transitions to postsecondary education

Mission possible building adult education career pathways system

Florida Statewide

  • Follow-up Measures:

  • Entered Employment - 37%

  • Retained Employment - 55%

  • Obtained GED or adult high school diploma – 18%

  • Entered postsecondary education/training - 49%

Professional development

Professional Development

  • Participation in DOE sponsored workshops

    • CHOICES, TABE & CASAS, Accountability

  • On-site career pathways orientation

  • Instructor training for contextualized instruction and curriculum development

  • On-going professional development for teachers and administrators to keep career pathways vision



  • Follow assessment guidelines for pre and post testing

  • PERT or CPT – college ready without taking remedial courses – remediation before exiting adult education



  • Lack of counseling staff – partner with local colleges or One-Stop Career Centers

  • Workforce Board – Understands workforce conditions, local labor market , high-growth sectors, skill requirements of employers

  • Employers – Provide internships, shadowing, class presentation on job opportunities and skills needed, contextualized curriculum support

  • Social service agencies, community-based organizations



  • Recruitment

  • Community awareness

  • New vision for adult education programs

  • Promoting AECP within institution

Florida s career pathways system

Florida’s Career Pathways System

  • Retention

  • Persistence

  • Increased completions to next level

  • Increase in number of students earning high school diploma or GED

  • Increase in number of students entering postsecondary education

  • Increase in number of students earning certificate, degree, and/or industry credential

Thank you zelda rogers@fldoe org lisa williams@fldoe org

Thank [email protected]@fldoe.org

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