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White House Report Urges Adult Ed., Job Training Coordination
The President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released its new report, Preparing the Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow, on July 13. The council report notes that adult basic education, GED and English language programs are "critical" because they help American adults and immigrants improve their basic skills in reading, writing, mathematics and English language proficiency. The report focuses on the value and limitations of America's current post-high school education and training systems and the characteristics of a more effective education and training structure. A key recommendation is that "Education and training should be provided in a flexible manner with an appropriate curriculum..." The report cites Washington state's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) as an example of a program that appropriately "blends basic [literacy] skills and occupational training in a more effective approach to teaching adults who need both basic skills and job skills." Learn more from Christina Romer, chair of the CEA, by viewing the White House YouTube chat.
ED's Kanter, DOL's Oates Testify on WIA Reauthorization
The Department's Under Secretary Martha Kanter and Jane Oates, assistant secretary for the Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), testified today on reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Testimony was heard by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety. Kanter recognized what she called "significant contributions" the Department makes toward preparing adults for success through "... programs for adult, career and technical education, literacy and English language training..." and cited several examples of best practices that coordinate adult basic skills and job training in California, Illinois, Washington and Wisconsin.
Providence Partners Help Adults Prepare for High-growth Jobs
Local partners led by Providence (R. I.), Mayor David Cicilline, recently forged a citywide adult education and training strategy. Providence RISES (Relevant Integrated Skills and Education Strategy) will help low-skilled adults achieve at least one year of postsecondary education and training to complete a credential for employment in a high-growth industry that offers a substantial boost in earnings. Partners are the Mayor's office, Rhode Island Office of Adult and Career and Technical Education, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Governor's Workforce Board, Providence/Cranston Workforce Solutions (the local workforce investment board), Community College of Rhode Island, business leaders, private funders, and city planners. More information is available from Bert Cooper.
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