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ABE Career Connections: A Manual for Integrating Adult Basic Education into Career Pathways

Connecting Adult Basic Education (ABE) with postsecondary career is an integral step to improving both the education and employability of low-skilled adults. Adult Basic Education Career Connections (ABECC) was a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, from 2006 to 2010 to work with five sites across the country to demonstrate the impact of connecting ABE programs with career pathways in prominent industries in their communities. This manual provides an overview of career pathways and describes the efforts used by the ABECC sites to create partnerships and connect basic skills training to local career pathways. The manual is divided into the following sections: overview of ABE career pathways, pathways descriptions of pathway components with examples, conclusion, resources and glossary. The components section includes student recruitment, orientation and placement, course development, partnerships, data collection and data analysis. Each section includes information from each of the five participating agencies including challenges and solutions. The resource section lists descriptions of each resource made available to the project staff and the participants with the links to resources available online. The conclusions drawn in this manual from the five sites provides insight how ABE programs can successfully construct career pathways for adults to improve educational and career advancements.

Access the Manual on the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) Web site.

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