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Transforming Michigan’s Adult Learning Infrastructure Then and Now . Presentation to the Maryland Workforce Creation and Adult Education Transition Council October 7, 2008. Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. Michigan’s move of ABE to Jobs Commission – Missed Opportunity.

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transforming michigan s adult learning infrastructure then and now

Transforming Michigan’s Adult Learning InfrastructureThen and Now

Presentation to the Maryland Workforce Creation and Adult Education Transition Council

October 7, 2008

Corporation for a Skilled Workforce.

michigan s move of abe to jobs commission missed opportunity
Michigan’s move of ABE to Jobs Commission – Missed Opportunity

Happened over 10 years ago

Part of creation of new “super agency” – many programs moved.

Programs under new roof but same mandates and no change in processes or integration.

Funding decreased over years – no political support for “siloed” program or for how funds were used.

michigan s current adult learning initiative
Michigan’s current adult learning initiative

Adult learning crucial part of Michigan’s economic transformation strategy to create a high skilled, high wage economy.

No Worker Left Behind, Governor Granholm’s signature initiative – free post-secondary training for large portion of population.

Empty promise for many with low basic skills – thus the adult learning initiative.

Basic skills development now becoming part of all workforce activities – Rapid Response, Trade Act, TANF, WIA Title I.

michigan s strategy
Michigan’s Strategy

Charge: Develop a strategy and initiative that bridges basic skills development into ongoing post-secondary education

Created Adult Learning Work Group

Looked at data from a range of sources

Held 7 regional forums to get input

Defined strategic intent and guiding principles

Vision adopted by Council for Labor and Economic Growth

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1,690,870Michigan Working-Age Adults (18-64) Need Improved Basic Skills, 2006

372,414

239,800

41,568

38,322

839,528

35,390

123,851

Percent of the total working-age adults (5,041,710): 34%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey (Public Use Microdata Samples)

startling scale of need
Startling scale of need

44% of Michigan adults are at low literacy, even many with credentials

Low basic skills equate to low wages

60% who want to attend a community college need basic remediation first

Low enrollment in adult basic education programs

strategic intent
Strategic Intent

One out of three Michigan workers lacks the basic skills or credentials to attain family-sustaining jobs and contribute to the state’s economy.

If Michigan does not address this crisis, our state’s ability to prosper in the future will be severely hampered.

It is imperative to transform Michigan’s adult learning infrastructure to connect these adults to continuing education, hard and soft skills, and careers in our ever-changing economy.

guiding principles
Guiding Principles

Collaboration

Accountability

Responsiveness

Agility

Contextualization

Entrepreneurism

Alignment

the impact of transformation
The impact of transformation

Higher personal incomes

Higher rates of citizenship and civic engagement

Higher levels of educational achievement for future generations

Higher levels of fiscal contribution

Higher levels of readiness for careers in the new economy

moving to implementation
Moving to implementation

Adult Learning Work Group identifying promising practices and mechanisms for implementing transformation

Presenting policy recommendations/ implementation plan to Council for Labor and Economic Growth (CLEG) in December

Moving forward with implementation upon adoption by CLEG

challenges
Challenges

Thinking and aligning workforce and education as an adult learning system

Tremendous scale of need

Regional factors require sensitivity and flexible policies