COABE Journal - Career Pathways Edition
This special edition of the COABE Journal highlights career pathways and workforce development.
This special issues highlights the importance and role of career pathways programming in enhancing adult learners' workforce skills and how it can assist learners in obtaining jobs that lead to living wage employment. The articles in this issue include research on career pathways, practitioner perspectives on and experiences with program implementation and the state of career pathways in the field, and technology integration into career pathways educational programming. The articles offer a broad perspective of adult learners and considerations for providing effective career pathways programming to support their educational and training needs. Following is a list of the articles that provide evidence, program examples, innovations and lessons learned regarding career pathways:
- Blending College Preparation and Career Development for Adult Students In New England
- Strengthening Adult Career Pathways in Minnesota: A Professional Development Cohort for Managers
- Career Pathways in Chicago, Houston, and Miami: Key Features and Support Services Among Adult Education Providers
- Integrated Career Pathways: Lessons from Accelerating Opportunity
- Barriers to Success Include Barriers to Aspiration
- Career Pathways Collaboration in Wisconsin
- Career Foundations: The Missing Link in Adult Career Pathways
- Developing Integrated, Contextualized Industry Mathematics Curricula in Short Term Certificate Programs
- Nurturing Adult Students’ Internal Locus of Control to Improve Self-Efficacy and Achievement
- Are We on the Brink of Something Big? Reflections on the Current and Future State of Career Pathways Policy and Practice
- Failure to Focus on Economic Impacts Diminishes Adult Education
- Guided Pathways, WIOA, and Washington State’s I-BEST: Blueprints for the Future of Adult Basic Education
- Technology, Innovation, and Adult Career Pathways
Taken together, the articles in this special edition of the COABE Journal provide a well-rounded and reflective perspective on the contemporary field of adult education and career pathways. The articles update previous work by looking deeply into academic, psycho-social, and workforce policy factors that impact the success of adult learners. The issue makes a comprehensive case for many adult learners who have been left behind due to a variety of factors, including poverty, trauma, and policy that pays more attention to test scores than to human potential. For anyone interested in learning about career pathway programs, what works, what is effective, and what paths we should follow into the future, this issue will be a valuable addition to their library.
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