Expanding Integrated Education and Training (IET) Opportunities for Adult Learners

Integrated Education and Training Design Toolkit
The IET Design Toolkit includes desk aids, tools, and links to guide programs in the use of local and regional labor market information; methods for engaging educators, training providers, businesses, and other stakeholders in the IET program design process.

Building upon the Increasing IET Opportunities for Adults project (2019 – 2022), which resulted in an IET Design Toolkit and Train-the-Trainer resources to support the design and development of IET programs for adults, the Expanding IET Opportunities for Adult Learners project (2022–2025) will provide new training opportunities and resources, including the following:

  • Two Basic IET Design Camp cohorts in spring and summer 2023
  • Five Advanced Design Camp cohorts in winter and spring 2024
  • Deployment of a National IET Coaching Cadre to provide customized and targeted state technical assistance
  • Curation and distribution of IET program and instructional resources
  • A new IET video series documenting implementation strategies, promising program design, and specialized models that serve diverse learners in a variety of settings
  • Three new online self-paced IET courses

Stay tuned for project updates and invitations to apply to the Basic Design Camp in spring 2023!

The Expanding Integrated Education and Training Opportunities for Adults project is being conducted by the American Institutes for Research in partnership with World Education, Inc. under contract to the U.S. Department of Education. The project started in September 2022. For more information, please email Amy Dalsimer, the Project Director, at adalsimer@air.org, or contact IETDesignCampInfo@air.org.

Resources From the Increasing IET Opportunities for Adults Project (2019–2022)

These foundational resources walk educators and stakeholders through a four-phase approach to designing IET programs: Research and Assess, Design and Plan, Develop and Implement, and Evaluate and Improve. For more information on this project, please see the About Integrated Education and Training section below.

IET Design Toolkit

The IET Design Toolkit includes desk aids, tools, and links to guide programs in the use of local and regional labor market information; methods for engaging educators, training providers, businesses, and other stakeholders in the IET program design process; tools to identify an IET program structure and an appropriate instructional planning and delivery approach; and guidance on how to build IET programs that include educational, workforce preparation, and occupational skills within a specific career pathway; and, strategies for evaluation and continuous improvement. Access the IET Design Toolkit in the Resource Collection.

Train-the-Trainer Resources

Train-the-Trainer resources are now available to use by educators and stakeholders to support professional development efforts around IET.  Facilitator Guides, presentations, and other resources are available for each phase of the approach to designing IET programs in various formats. The Train-the-Trainer materials provide training teams with everything needed to conduct a customized IET Design Camp.

A comprehensive IET Design Camp Training Guide is available for download, as well as Train-the-Trainer resources organized by session below. All PDF files are accessible. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint versions of the files are available for you to download and customize.

About Integrated Education and Training

Our nation’s economy and global competitiveness depend on an educated, skilled workforce that can quickly adapt to changes in technology and business processes. Adult educators understand that adult learners need opportunities to obtain workplace and career management skills through work-based learning experiences that prepare them for the complex future they face. 

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has changed the landscape of adult education by focusing the field on workforce development outcomes and programming that support the integration of education and training and career pathways. Integrated Education and Training (IET) is an educational practice grounded in adult learning theory. IET programs help adults who lack basic skills, relevant occupational skills, and essential workplace skills to attain the competencies and credentials needed for in-demand careers. 

The Increasing Integrated Education and Training Opportunities for Adults project (2019–2022) developed resources to assist state adult education offices, professional development providers, and local program staff in enhancing and expanding IET programs for adult education participants.  The project built on prior OCTAE investments in developing career pathways for adults including the Policy to Performance Toolkit (OCTAE, 2012), the Career Pathways Planner (OCTAE, 2016), and the Career Pathways Checklist (OCTAE, 2017).

The Increasing Integrated Education and Training Opportunities for Adults project was conducted by the American Institutes for Research in partnership with Safal Partners, under contract to the U.S. Department of Education. The project concluded in September 2022. For more information, please email Amanda Ahlstrand, the Project Director, at aahlstrand@air.org, or contact IETDesignCampInfo@air.org.

Project Resources