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Farther, Faster: Six Promising Programs Show How Career Pathway Bridges Help Basic Skills Students Earn Credentials that Matter

The resources in this section contain both evidence-based research and practice-based materials that can help guide the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of ACP programs.
Author(s): 
Julie Strawn
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
Center for Post-Secondary and Economic Success
CLASP
Published: 
2011
Resource Type: 
Product
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Abstract: 

Students forced to complete a long sequence of remedial or English language classes before they can begin their postsecondary program rarely earn college certificates or degrees.  This brief highlights six promising programs that show how career pathway bridges help lower-skilled students move farther and faster along college and career paths through dual enrollment in linked basic skills and occupational certificate courses. Because creating such bridges requires collaboration across college silos, they can also transform the way colleges operate.

Benefits and Uses: 

Adult education practitioners will learn about two career pathways bridges models – the paired course approach and the integrated course approach – and describe how six colleges implement either approach to meet the particular needs of lower-skilled adults.

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.