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OVAE Assistant Secretary Addresses California's College Transition Summit
OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier addressed the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project's California College Transition Summit on October 29. She focused on the importance of President Obama's efforts to increase the number of adult education students transitioning from basic skills and English language programs to community colleges. She also emphasized the important role that the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act and the passage of the America Graduation Initiative will play in improving college transitions for adult learners. Nearly 100 of California's adult education administrators from K12 school districts and community college districts attended the summit.
Study Identifies Five Statewide Models of Career Pathways
A recent report by the Seattle Jobs Initiative describes five states' roles in instituting career pathways. Charting a Path: An Exploration of the Statewide Career Pathway Efforts in Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin lays out the strategies these states use to bring colleges, workforce and economic development agencies, community organizations and employers to the table to accomplish this goal. The five states in the study represent three different stages of career pathways implementation: mature, intermediate, and emergent.
New Adult Math Resources Online
To help ensure the challenge of teaching math to adults can be met, the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) has posted newly juried math resources for upgrading adult math instruction. These include strategies for transitioning adult basic education students to postsecondary education, a review of the implications of research on adult numeracy instruction, and research on the negative impact of low numeracy, especially for disadvantaged women. Additional resources from LINCS also are available.
NCTN Web Site Helps Adults With College Transition
The National College Transition Network (NCTN) recently unveiled its redesigned Web site that helps adults wanting to attend college for the first time with college admission. The site teaches study skills, links to sites with academic online preparation, and guides prospective college students through offices such as admissions and student support. More information is available from Priyanka Sharma.
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