ADVANCE Integrated Education and Training (IET)

IET Strategies in Action is a six-part series intended to provide adult educators with a snapshot view of the ways in which some IET programs have implemented IET models and practices that serve diverse student populations in a variety of settings.

Promising Practices for Collaborating with Industry and Workforce Development Partners in Integrated Education and Training Programs highlights how IET program providers can collaborate with industry and workforce development organizations to establish IET program design with learner-worker training or work-based learning opportunities.

Promising Practices for Integrated Education and Training Pathways to Postsecondary Education highlights promising practices for how IET providers can connect IET programs to credit-bearing credentials and pathways to associate degrees.

Promising Practices for Integrated Education and Training Programs That Serve Beginning-Level Learners describes how two strategies – bridge programs and stackable credentials – help beginning-level learners access and succeed in IET programs.

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The ADVANCE IET project (2022–2025) provides new training opportunities and resources to assist state adult education offices, professional development providers, and local program staff in enhancing and expanding IET programs for adult education participants.

Building upon the inaugural Increasing IET Opportunities for Adults project (2019 – 2022), which resulted in an IET Design Toolkit and Train-the-Trainer resources to support the design and development of IET programs for adults, ADVANCE IET  will provide:

  • Two Basic IET Design Camp cohorts in spring and summer 2023
  • Five Advanced Design Camp cohorts in winter and spring 2024
  • Deployment of a National IET Coaching Cadre to provide customized and targeted state technical  assistance
  • Curation and distribution of IET program and instructional resources
  • A new IET video series documenting implementation strategies, promising program design, and specialized models that serve diverse learners in a variety of settings
  • Three new online self-paced IET courses

IET QUALITY INDICATORS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! The indicators can be used by states and programs to review existing IET programs and plan new ones, identify priority areas for improvement over time, develop action plans to incorporate best practice strategies and promote shared learning.

The ADVANCE IET project is being conducted by the American Institutes for Research in partnership with World Education, Inc. and funded by the U.S. Department of Education under contract number GS-00F-347CA. The project started in September 2022. For more information, please email Sudie Whalen, the Project Director, at swhalen@air.org, or contact IETDesignCampInfo@air.org.

ADVANCE IET WEBINARS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE! 
Our quarterly IET webinars, led by industry experts, bridge basic to advanced concepts that will resonate with adult education IET practitioners of all levels.

Help Us Expand the IET Resource Repository!

We are looking for quality, IET-supporting resources from the field to add to the IET Resource Repository. Do you have a great resource that you feel can support other organizations and practitioners in the design, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of their IET programming? Please check out this guidance document regarding the types of resources we are seeking. Are you ready to share a resource for consideration? Please complete this form. Please note that a team of reviewers vets all resources received against a rubric to ensure the quality of the resource.

About Integrated Education and Training

Our nation’s economy and global competitiveness depend on an educated, skilled workforce that can quickly adapt to changes in technology and business processes. Adult educators understand that adult learners need opportunities to obtain workplace and career management skills through work-based learning experiences that prepare them for the complex future they face. 

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has changed the landscape of adult education by focusing the field on workforce development outcomes and programming that support the integration of education and training and career pathways. Integrated Education and Training (IET) is an educational practice grounded in adult learning theory. IET programs help adults who lack basic skills, relevant occupational skills, and essential workplace skills to attain the competencies and credentials needed for in-demand careers. 

The Increasing Integrated Education and Training Opportunities for Adults project (2019–2022) developed resources to assist state adult education offices, professional development providers, and local program staff in enhancing and expanding IET programs for adult education participants.  The project built on prior OCTAE investments in developing career pathways for adults, including the Policy to Performance Toolkit (OCTAE, 2012), the Career Pathways Planner (OCTAE, 2016), and the Career Pathways Checklist (OCTAE, 2017).

The Increasing Integrated Education and Training Opportunities for Adults project was conducted by the American Institutes for Research in partnership with Safal Partners and funded by the U.S. Department of Education under contract number GS10F0240U/ED-ESE-15-A-0009. The project concluded in September 2022. For more information, please email Amanda Ahlstrand, the Project Director, at aahlstrand@air.org, or contact IETDesignCampInfo@air.org.