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This guide is for program developers, managers, and coordinators who want to know how to build bridge programs that integrate adult basic skills education with postsecondary education and training to increase student retention and success. The guide explains bridge program initial development, financing, program implementation and management, and evaluation and improvement techniques.

2005
Women Employed, Chicago Jobs Council and UIC Great Cities Institute

The mission of MNI is to advance numeracy instruction for ABE learners in Minnesota. MNI emerged from the 2009 ABE Practitioner Survey, which revealed a need for professional development (PD) around numeracy instruction, especially at the advanced and transitions levels.  To make this initiative accessible to all practitioners statewide, distance learning has been incorporated as a major component. This website includes resources for both ABE practitioners and coordinators.

This guide outlines specific steps that policymakers, program administrators, and providers can take to begin transforming their current adult education programs into Adult Education for Work programs. It provides: a vision for how comprehensive career pathways can be constructed to better meet our nation’s skill needs; a framework for organizing and effective Adult Education for Work programs, with 23 quality elements designed to prepare adults for both postsecondary learning and work; and benchmarks and promising practices that illustrate quality elements already in action in programs across the country.

2009
National Center on Education and the Economy
National Center on Education and the Economy

To further the efforts to connecting Adult Basic Education (ABE) with postsecondary career pathways, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), funded the Adult Basic Education Career Connections (ABECC) project in 2006-2010, a demonstration project involving five sites across the country. Adult Career Pathways: Providing a Second Chance in Public Education, provides an overview of career pathways and describes approaches used by the ABECC sites to align basic skills training and partnership efforts with local career pathways.

2010
MPR Associates, Inc.
MPR Associates, Inc.

Designed to be used by teachers and counselors in ASE, ABE, ESOL, and College Transition programs, this curriculum aims to encourage all students, at all levels, to begin thinking about and articulating short- and long-term career, educational, and life goals. It provides classroom-ready, flexible lessons, handouts, and online resources to prepare instructors and counselors to guide students through a supportive career awareness and planning process.

2009
Martha Oesch and Carol Bower
System for Adult Basic Education Support and the National College Transition Network

This Policy Brief focuses on helping adults with lower skills and/ or limited English proficiency earn postsecondary credentials that open doors to family-supporting jobs. It examines obstacles to moving toward this goal -- with major attention to lack of alignment between federal and state adult education efforts, job training services, and postsecondary education policies.

2007
Julie Strawn
Center for Law and Social Policy

This brief describes a new policy allowing students without a high school diploma or GED to qualify for federal student aid if they successfully complete six credits in lieu of passing an Ability-to-Benefit test. Basic skills bridge programs could be designed to help students earn the critical six credits.

*July 1, 2001: Please note, the recent Pell regulation changes have eliminated the Ability-to-Benefit option. We are keeping this resource in the Virtual Academy for historical purposes*

2011
Julie Strawn
Center for Law and Social Policy

Drawing on recent research and practice, this article recommends that states consider reforming basic skills services (e.g. developmental and adult basic education) to improve college and career success. It highlights various state reform strategies, including Shifting Gears in Illinois.

2009
Julie Strawn
Center for Law and Social Policy

This policy brief examines the issues associated with creating, improving and connecting state postsecondary, adult education and skills development data systems. It also identifies barriers states may encounter and overcome, profiles model state systems, and makes policy recommendations to help state advocates build or improve their state data systems.

2009
Jennifer Philips
Working Poor Families Project

To become a true agent for change, you need to articulate key messages to a wide variety of stakeholders.  But just knowing the messages is not enough. You must be able to reach the right audiences that can impact change. Learn how to reach both internal (faculty, students, administrators) and external (policymakers, business leaders, media) audiences with your specific messages and share your own experiences about what has worked, and what hasn’t.

2012
Jobs for the Future
Jobs for the Future