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. 

Holistic Approach to Adult Education Services

The following practices represent holistic approaches to delivering adult education services. For the purposes of the Advancing Innovation project, we define a holistic approach to adult education services as a range of activities that support adults’ access to and enrollment in adult education, development of skills and knowledge, attainment of learning goals, and preparedness for next steps in education and workforce. In each of these practices, adult education programs partner with community college career and technical education faculty and staff, workforce development agencies, human service agencies, community-based organizations, and employers. Learn more about each of the practices.

Alternative Sentencing Program
Crawford County Adult Education Center, Van Buren, AR

Breaking Barriers
Jefferson Community and Technical College – Kentucky Skills U, Carrollton, KY 

Career4U Academy
Houston Community College Adult Education & Literacy Programs, Houston, TX

Career Training 
Wayne Township Adult Education, Indianapolis, IN

High School Equivalency Honors Boot Camp
College and Career Readiness Program, Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, NC 

Integrated Education and Training (IET) Culinary Arts Program
Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, Ludlow, MA 

Ohio Deaf Literacy Partnership
Delaware Area Career Center Aspire Program, Delaware, OH 

STEPS for Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship
Calhoun Community College Adult Education, Tanner, AL

Transition to College/Postsecondary Training
Catholic Charities - El Centro, Boston, MA

Explore the resources below to learn more about the practices with a holistic approach to adult education services. 

Gallery of Innovative Practices – Explore the Gallery of Innovative Practices for short profiles of the innovators in holistic approaches to adult education services.

Compendium of Innovative Practices: Holistic Approach to Adult Education Services – Download this resource for a detailed look at the innovative practices in holistic adult education services.

Showcase Webinar: Holistic Approach to Adult Education Services – Watch this webinar to meet the nine innovative practices for holistic approaches to adult education services.

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Bridge Programs

The following practices illustrate innovative approaches for bridge programs, which prepare adults to enroll in postsecondary education and training through occupationally contextualized literacy and numeracy instruction and college and career success activities. Learn more about each of the practices.

Bridges to Careers Expansion
Rochester Adult Literacy at Hawthorne (Hawthorne), Rochester, MN

Connections 101
Great Falls Career and College Readiness Center, Great Falls, MT

PluggedIn Virginia (PIVA) Boot Camp
Peninsula Regional Education Program (PREP) Newport News, VA

Integrated Education and Training (IET) Programs

The following practices illustrate innovative approaches for IET programs, which enable adult learners to develop their foundational skills and workforce preparation skills through occupational training that leads to educational and career advancement. Learn more about each of the practices.

Career Pathways
South Bay Adult School, Redondo Beach, CA

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
Jennings County Education Center, North Vernon, IN

Explore the resources below to learn more about the bridge and IET practices. 

Gallery of Innovative Practices – Explore the Gallery of Innovative Practices for short profiles of the innovators in bridge and IET adult education programs.

Bridge Programs | IET Programs

Compendium of Innovative Practices: Bridge & IET Programs – Download this resource for a detailed look at the innovative practices in bridge and IET programs and the role of partnerships in improving outcomes for adult learners.

Bridge & IET Showcase Webinar - Watch this one-hour webinar to meet the five innovative practices in bridge and IET programs and learn the benefits of strong partnerships between adult education programs and workforce partners. 

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The Advancing Innovation Podcast Series - This podcast series captures the student voice from programs recognized as innovators in adult education.

Bridge Program: PluggedIn Virginia 

IET Program: Certified Clinical Medical Assistant 

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. 

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (IBEST)
Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ 

Integrated High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Program
Western Technical College, La Crosse, WI + satellite sites

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

National External Diploma Program® (NEDP)
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: Secondary Credentialing – 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.

Secondary Credentialing Practices 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.

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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.

Slides | Transcript | Virtual Session Q&A 

The Advancing Innovation Podcast Series - This podcast series captures the student voice from programs recognized as innovators in adult education.

Secondary Credentialing Program: MC3/HSED