The selected practices illustrate innovative approaches for adults to attain a secondary credential while developing career-readiness skills, earning college credits, or obtaining an occupational certificate in a career pathway.
BETHESDA, Md. (PRWEB) September 21, 2020
Manhattan Strategy Group released today the first round of innovative practices in adult education, as selected by the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project, during National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). The four selected practices were chosen for facilitating secondary credentialing in innovative ways and will be featured in an online showcase on September 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET.
“The Advancing Innovation project aims to increase the information available about innovative practices in adult education, identify what motivates programs to innovate, and help the field better understand the conditions necessary to support implementation. Adult educators’ development of innovative products, services, and processes is a key strategy for providing better services to learners,” said Cheryl L. Keenan, Director of the Division of Adult Education and Literacy, U.S. Department of Education.
Local adult education programs help learners develop knowledge and skills, gain secondary credentials, and transition to further education and employment. These programs are especially vital today as many adults face unemployment due to the pandemic and need to retool to safely return to work. The selected practices illustrate innovative approaches for adults to attain a secondary credential while developing career-readiness skills, earning college credits, or obtaining an occupational certificate in a career pathway:
- Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (IBEST), located at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ – IBEST helps adult learners attain a GED® while they simultaneously earn college credits.
- Integrated High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Program, located at Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI – HSED helps adult learners earn a high school diploma and college credits in two semesters.
- Multi-Craft Core Curriculum High School Equivalency Diploma (MC3/HSED) Program, located at Literacy Services of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI – MC3/HSED helps adult learners earn a high school credential and an industry-recognized credential in a pre-apprenticeship program.
- National External Diploma Program® (NEDP), located at Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport, CT –NEDP enables adult learners to earn a high school diploma based on their academic skills, life skills, and college and career competencies.
“The Advancing Innovation project will continue to identify additional innovative practices over the next three years to inform the adult education field. High-performing Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grantees are encouraged to apply,” said Lori Meyer, Advancing Innovation Project Director, Manhattan Strategy Group.
The next application deadline is January 31, 2021. To learn more about the program and application instructions, visit the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project online for more information. To schedule an interview with Lori Meyer, contact her at 202-215-6349, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Manhattan Strategy Group
Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG) is a social sciences and management consulting firm that brings professional services, approaches, and innovative solutions to the areas of education, workforce development, and human services. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Bethesda, MD, MSG specializes in research and evaluation, technical assistance, and communication and information services.
About the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education Project
The Advancing Innovation in Adult Education Project is a five-year effort to identify and highlight innovative practices in adult education that lead to improved outcomes. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE).