Explore the Innovative Practices

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Who are the innovators in adult education? The Advancing Innovation project is highlighting practices from across the country that are improving outcomes for adult learners. The resources below offer valuable insight for adult education professionals on the innovative practices that have been selected and may also spark interest in developing new products and processes. Check back in February 2021 for updates as additional practices are recognized.

Secondary Credentialing Practices

The following practices illustrate innovative approaches for adults to attain a secondary credential while developing career-readiness skills, earning college credits, or obtaining an occupational certificate in a career pathway. Learn more about each of the practices. 

Practice: Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (IBEST)
Program & Location: Pima Community College | Tucson, AZ 

Practice: Integrated High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Program
Program & Location: Western Technical College | La Crosse, WI + satellite sites

Practice: Multi-Craft Core Curriculum High School Equivalency Diploma (MC3/HSED) Program
Program & Location: Literacy Services of Wisconsin | Milwaukee, WI 

Practice: National External Diploma Program® (NEDP)
Program & Location: Mercy Learning Center | Bridgeport, CT 

Gallery of Innovative Practices – Explore the Gallery of Innovative Practices for short profiles of the innovators in secondary credentialing for adult learners.

Compendium of Innovative Practices – Download this resource for an in-depth look at the innovators in secondary credentialing for adult learners and to learn more about the review and validation process for identifying innovative practices.

Advancing Innovation Round 1 Showcase Webinar - Watch this one-hour webinar for an inside look at four adult education programs that have found innovative ways to facilitate secondary credentialing for adult learners, including key insights on their practices, their motivation to innovate, and the conditions necessary for innovation to occur.

Slides | Transcript | Chat Summary 

Advancing Innovation in Adult Education: Pima Community College IBEST Virtual Site Visit  – Pima Community College hosted a behind the scenes look at innovative features of the college’s Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training (IBEST) model, with special guests from OCTAE, including Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education. Roundtable discussions featured program administrators, instructors, community partners, and students.

Integrated Education and Training

The Integrated Education and Training innovative practices will be announced in February 2021.

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