Advancing Innovation in Adult Education

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Identifying Innovative Program Practices   

Welcome to the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project. We’re on a mission to find innovators in adult education who are helping learners develop knowledge and skills, gain secondary credentials, and transition to further education and employment. Use this site to explore innovative practices in the field.

The Advancing Innovation in Adult Education Project (Contract No. 91990018F0047) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) and is executed by Manhattan Strategy Group and Abt Associates.


Innovative Practices for Student Support Services Announced - Nine practices have been named as innovative for their approaches modeling effective integrated education and training (IET) programs, transitioning adult learners from adult basic education to postsecondary education or training, and increasing access to adult education services. Explore the Practices  

New Podcast Series Highlights Student Voices: Advancing Innovation has launched a new podcast! Program directors and instructors from secondary credentialing, bridge, and IET programs will speak directly with their students to highlight how their innovative practices have improved learner outcomes. 

Program Spotlight - Pima Community College IBEST Virtual Site Visit: Check out the Pima Community College IBEST Virtual Site Visit, which included remarks from Pima’s leadership and one-on-one discussions between OCTAE leadership, program staff, community partners, and students.

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Meet the innovators in adult education.

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The application submission period for the Advancing Innovation project is closed.

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