Promoting College and Career Readiness: Bridge Programs for Lower-Skilled Adults
This brief is one of a series of four prepared for the April 27, 2011, Community College Virtual Symposium, a project of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, held at Montgomery College, Silver Spring, Md. This series is intended to spur dialogue among state and institutional leaders and identify and disseminate policies and practices demonstrated effective in meeting the challenges mentioned above.
This brief describes recent approaches to bridge programs and explores promising practices that contextualize and/or integrate instruction and strengthen student support and transition services to improve students’ rates of post-secondary transition and completion. It focuses exclusively on programs bridging adult education and community college occupational programs. Although some students may not have a secondary credential when entering bridge programs, a major goal of these programs is to enable students who lack a secondary.
Adult education practitioners will be able to learn best practices in implementing planning, policy, instruction, and ongoing continuous improvement for individual career pathways programs.