COABE Journal - Career Pathways Edition

This special edition of the COABE Journal highlights career pathways and workforce development.

Don Finn, Ph.D.
Sandy Goodman
Silja Kallenback
Patsy Egan
Elizabeth Andress
Esther Prins
Carol Clymer
Rachel Pleasants McDonnell
Lisa Soricone
Sylvia Van Nooten
Scott DuBenske
Toni Van Doren
Annette Kornell
Ann Darnton
Christina Warden
Dirk A. Keaton
Jacqueline E. Korengel, Ed.D.
John E. Uvin
Judy Mortrude
William S. Durden
Jen Vanek
Mitch Rosin
Jen Hetzel Silbert
Karisa Tashjian
Alison Ascher Webber
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation
Coalition on Adult Basic Education
World Education
ABE Teaching & Learning Advancement System (ATLAS) at Hamline University
Pennsylvania State University
Jobs for the Future
Montrose Adult Education Center
Wisconsin Technical College System
Nicolet Area Technical College
Madison College
Women Employed
So Others Might Eat Center for Employment Training
Kentucky Skills U, Council on Postsecondary Education
Institute for Educational Leadership
CLASP's Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Providence Public Library
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Resource Type
Informational Material
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This special issues highlights the importance and role of career pathways programming in enhancing adult learners' workforce skills and how it can assist learners in obtaining jobs that lead to living wage employment.  The articles in this issue include research on career pathways, practitioner perspectives on and experiences with program implementation and the state of career pathways in the field, and technology integration into career pathways educational programming.  The articles offer a broad perspective of adult learners and considerations for providing effective career pathways programming to support their educational and training needs.  Following is a list of the articles that provide evidence, program examples, innovations and lessons learned regarding career pathways:



  •  Blending College Preparation and Career Development for Adult Students In New England 
  • Strengthening Adult Career Pathways in Minnesota: A Professional Development Cohort for Managers
  • Career Pathways in Chicago, Houston, and Miami: Key Features and Support Services Among Adult Education Providers


  •  Integrated Career Pathways: Lessons from Accelerating Opportunity
  •  Barriers to Success Include Barriers to Aspiration
  • Career Pathways Collaboration in Wisconsin    


  • Career Foundations: The Missing Link in Adult Career Pathways  
  • Developing Integrated, Contextualized Industry Mathematics Curricula in Short Term Certificate Programs
  • Nurturing Adult Students’ Internal Locus of Control to Improve Self-Efficacy and Achievement
  • Are We on the Brink of Something Big? Reflections on the Current and Future State of Career Pathways Policy and Practice
  • Failure to Focus on Economic Impacts Diminishes Adult Education
  • Guided Pathways, WIOA, and Washington State’s I-BEST: Blueprints for the Future of Adult Basic Education


  •  Technology, Innovation, and Adult Career Pathways  
What the experts say

Taken together, the articles in this special edition of the COABE Journal provide a well-rounded and reflective perspective on the contemporary field of adult education and career pathways. The articles update previous work by looking deeply into academic, psycho-social, and workforce policy factors that impact the success of adult learners. The issue makes a comprehensive case for many adult learners who have been left behind due to a variety of factors, including poverty, trauma, and policy that pays more attention to test scores than to human potential. For anyone interested in learning about career pathway programs, what works, what is effective, and what paths we should follow into the future, this issue will be a valuable addition to their library.

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