Thursday Notes -- October 15, 2009
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DAEL Director Keenan Keynotes National Summit On Adult Learning

Division of Adult Education and Literacy Director Cheryl Keenan keynoted the National Summit on Adult Learning Oct. 8 in Washington, D.C., highlighting the benefits of adult education in today's struggling economy. The summit was sponsored by Women in Government and brought together female state legislators from across the country to explore higher education issues related to adult learners. The summit also featured presentations from fellow legislators who provided firsthand knowledge of how state policy could affect adult learners.

Guides Can Help Transform Adult Education To Grow a Skilled Workforce

The National Center on Education and the Economy just released its Guide to Adult Education for Work: Transforming Adult Education to Grow a Skilled Workforce. The new report, funded by the Walmart Foundation, lays out specific steps policymakers, program administrators and providers can take to begin to transform existing programs into adult education for work programs. It includes: a vision for constructing a comprehensive career pathways system to better meet our nations' skill needs; a framework for an effective adult education for work program with 23 quality elements in seven focus areas designed to prepare adults for both postsecondary learning and work; and benchmarks and promising practices that illustrate quality elements already implemented in programs across the country. The guide includes a self-assessment tool that providers can use to evaluate their programs against a recommended set of benchmarks, identify gaps, and plan strategically for change. An Employer Guide to Adult Education for Work: Transforming Adult Education to Build a Skilled Workforce also is available.

Rhode Island Uses Funds to Accelerate Web-based Learning

Urban one-stop career centers in Providence, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket, R. I. recently received capacity-building grants from the Rhode Island Job Development Fund. This fund is based on an assessment of employers paying into the unemployment insurance fund. The new grants will help centers create on-site, staff-assisted, Web-enabled opportunities for clients to learn basic literacy, numeracy, and English language skills. All three locations are using a model that allows individuals to access approved distance learning programs to accelerate their skills development so that they can access approved job training programs. The model combines staff assistance from the Community College of Rhode Island with online self-directed instruction and practice. More information is available from Jim Glover.

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