High-quality IET program design is responsive to student, industry, community needs and goals. Resources in this section support the intentional design and development of a program that meets the needs of local labor markets, provides a pathway to quality jobs, and advances equity, diversity, and inclusion in career pathways and IET programs.
Goals and Objectives
The resources in Goals and Objectives support the creation of a common vision and alignment with student and partner outcomes.
This compendium describes five innovative practices in bridge and integrated education and training (IET) programs as selected by the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project.
Reflective Guide for the Design of Guided Pathways
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (2022)
This resource is a series of reflective guides for program design to ensure racial and social equity are included in the development and implementation of career pathways. Descriptions of practice are included to guide program design in the following areas: organizing and introducing programs by field of interest, improving new student intake and onboarding, expanding career and transfer advising to all students, and designing credit enrollment as an on-ramp to college.
Labor Market Information
The resources in Labor Market Information support the use of labor market information and leverage employer validation to create pathways to quality jobs.
When choosing the focus of your IET program, it is important to establish education and training opportunities that are relevant to the local labor market demand. Page 15 of the IET Toolkit offers the reader assistance in exploring regional workforce development needs and the local labor market. Examine Key Area #2 to learn more.
The resources in Career Pathways support opportunities for students to advance to additional workforce training, postsecondary education, and employment in a career—all in alignment with guidance under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Promising Practices for Integrated Education and Training Pathways to Postsecondary Education
American Institutes for Research (2023)
This publication highlights promising practices for how IET providers can connect IET programs to credit-bearing credentials and pathways to associate degrees.
Designing and Delivering Career Pathways at Community Colleges (Practice Guide)
National Center for Education Evaluation, Institute of Education Sciences (2021)
This practice guide provides community colleges with five specific recommendations for supporting occupational skills training through career pathways.
COABE Journal—Career Pathways Edition
Coalition on Adult Basic Education (2019)
This special edition of the COABE Journal highlights career pathways and workforce development.
What Works for Adult Learners: Lessons from Career Pathway Evaluations
University of Washington, Jobs for the Future (2019)
This report presents the results of a systematic examination of rigorous evaluation studies to determine what is known about the impact of career pathways on adults seeking to attain a living-wage career.
Defining On-Ramps to Adult Career Pathways
Center for Law and Social Policy (2017)
This report synthesizes survey and interview data with a limited literature review to identify key service model delivery components, system components, and barriers to implementing service delivery models.
Health Care Career Pathways and Adult English Language Learners
National Institute for Literacy (2011)
This report discusses healthcare workforce needs in entry-level, mid-level, and professional positions and profiles the changing American workforce, with a focus on adult immigrants and English language learners (ELLs), their workforce participation, and how adult ELLs could fill healthcare positions.
Outreach and Orientation
The resources in Outreach and Orientation support increased access to and success in IET programs, especially for historically underserved populations.
Why Equity Matters for Adult College Completion
This brief describes how Adult Promise program leaders and their partners are incorporating a racial equity focus into initiatives targeting adult learners through goal setting, outreach and recruitment, financial supports, and completion strategies.
The resources in Program Models support the development of models for IET programs, including approaches to team teaching and structures for building student cohorts.
Integrated Education and Training: Implementing Programs in Diverse Contexts
New England Literacy Resource Center, National College Transition Network (2017)
This guide profiles eight diverse IET programs, providing inspiration, models, and lessons for adult educators as they plan or strengthen their own IET programs.
Integrated Education and Training (IET)
American Institutes for Research, San Diego Community College District (2017)
This policy brief summarizes teaching models that can be leveraged for IET programming, including a variety of co-teaching and alternating teaching models.
Introduction to ICAPS IET Model One and Model Two
Illinois Community College Board (2019)
This webinar recording defines and compares two Illinois IET models, known as the Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System (ICAPS). It includes an overview of resources that can be used to develop either of the two ICAPS models. The resource includes a PDF of the session slides.
I-BEST Team-Teaching Models: Learning Modules (and Corresponding Video Series)
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (2014)
The website defines team teaching and provides materials for self-guided or group learning around six research-based teaching models: traditional team teaching, collaborative teaching, complementary-supportive, parallel instruction, differentiated split class, and monitoring teacher. The videos provide classroom examples, along with instructor and student videos, for each of the six teaching models.
Wisconsin Technical College System's Innovative Practices for Integrated Education and Training
Wisconsin Technical College System (2021)
This website contains resources curated by state staff in Wisconsin to support the development and expansion of IET.