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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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Presentation to the Maryland Workforce Creation and Adult Education Transition Council
October 7, 2008
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce.
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.
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.
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
1,690,870Michigan Working-Age Adults (18-64) Need Improved Basic Skills, 2006
Percent of the total working-age adults (5,041,710): 34%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey (Public Use Microdata Samples)
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
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.
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
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
Thinking and aligning workforce and education as an adult learning system
Tremendous scale of need
Regional factors require sensitivity and flexible policies