About Advancing Innovation

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Local adult education programs help adult learners develop knowledge and skills, gain secondary credentials, and transition to further education and employment. These support services are key as many of these learners have faced unemployment due to the pandemic and have had to learn new skills to return to work safely. 

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) launched the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project to identify and disseminate innovative practices implemented by Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grantees. The goal is to inspire and promote innovation in adult education that results in high quality services and positive outcomes for adult learners.

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Why Should I Apply?

Programs submitting practices selected by the Advancing Innovation project will receive the following benefits:

  • National recognition and inclusion in showcase events
  • Dissemination through LINCS
  • Features in presentations and products that raise awareness among state policymakers
  • Ability to use the recognition as leverage to support their efforts to obtain future funding 

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.

 
Testimonials

Advancing Innovation in Adult Education Logo Western Technical College Innovator in Secondary Credentialing“The award for innovation in the adult education area was so validating. We felt that the program we built was good, but to have the recognition at the national level was gratifying and humbling.  It inspired us to keep going and keep building our program.”

— Karla Walker, Learner Support & Transition Math and Science Instructor, Western Technical College

 
Advancing Innovation in Adult Education Logo Literacy Services of Wisconsin Innovator in Secondary Credentialing“Advancing Innovation is a breath of fresh perspective for the field of adult education. As a community-based literacy organization, Literacy Services of Wisconsin was honored to have the opportunity to showcase our program and demonstrate how we are effectively integrating education and training models. We hope to continue the conversation further, imagining new ways to adapt and optimize adult education structures and delivery, especially in consideration of COVID-19.”

— Holly McCoy, MA, Executive Director, Literacy Services of Wisconsin

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