Compendium of Innovative Practices: Adult Education Bridge Programs and Integrated Education and Training (IET) Programs

This compendium describes five innovative practices in bridge and integrated education and training (IET) programs as selected by the  Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project.

Judith Alamprese
I-Fang Cheng
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Abt Associates
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This compendium describes five innovative practices selected by the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project. The adult practices highlighted illustrate innovative and enhanced approaches for providing bridge and integrated education and training (IET) programs that assist adult learners in developing the skills, abilities, and knowledge they need to enroll in postsecondary education or occupational training, earn short-term credentials, and obtain employment.

Benefits and Uses

This compendium provides information about two types of practices: bridge programs and integrated education and training (IET) programs. Adult education bridge programs prepare adults to enroll in postsecondary education and training through occupationally contextualized literacy and numeracy instruction and career and college success activities. IET programs enable adult learners to develop their foundational skills and workforce preparation skills through occupational training that leads to educational and career advancement.
A variety of stakeholders will find this information useful, including AE state staff; AE program administrators, instructors, and staff; workforce development staff; federal agency staff; and AE researchers.
This compendium describes the project’s criteria for the selection of innovative practices, and provides context for the practices that were selected and profiles each of the innovative practices.

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