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Watch Now: Advancing Innovation ACTE Conference Session

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The Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project presented this session at the Association for Career and Technical Education Region III Conference. Presenters provide an overview of the Advancing Innovation project, introductions to three adult education program directors recognized for their innovative practices, and a panel discussion on partnerships.

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Listen Now: State Leadership in Supporting Innovation in Adult Education Podcast

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In the latest episode from the Advancing Innovation Podcast series, Judy Alamprese, principal scientist at Abt Associates, speaks with Sue Pierson, former director of adult education at the Connecticut Department of Education, about the role of state adult education staff in supporting innovation in local programs.  They discuss the National External Diploma Program, or NEDP, as an example of innovation.

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New Podcast Series Highlights Student Voices

July 1, 2021

Four adult students with a microphone iconThe Advancing Innovation project has a new podcast series highlighting the voices of adult learners. Staff from three of the programs named as innovative practices in adult education interviewed their students to gain insight on their educational experiences, what they gained from participating in the programs, and advice for other adult learners. Episodes in the series include: 

  • Secondary Credentialing Program: Multi-Craft Core Curriculum High School Equivalency Diploma (MC3/HSED) – Holly McCoy, Executive Director of the Literacy Services of Wisconsin and Matt Waltz, Chief Operating Officer of the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership speak with Steven Miravete, a current building trades student in the MC3/HSED program. Steven shares what interested him in the building trades and the effect of the support he receives from faculty. Listen Now
  • Bridge Program: PluggedIn Virginia (PIVA) – Samantha Lassiter, a current student in the PIVA Boot Camp program, talks with Danielle Perry, Integrated Education and Training Coordinator of the Peninsula Regional Education Program in Virginia. Samantha talks about the value of participating in the program and her new confidence as she works towards securing logistics certification. Listen Now
  • IET Program: Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) – Fran Johns, a CCMA instructor in Indiana, talks with Jamie Shepherd, who graduated from the program. Jamie shares how a desire for change and course flexibility led her to enroll. Listen Now



Partnerships Play Key Role in Innovative Practices in Adult Education

February 16, 2021"These innovations underscore how partnerships can support adult learners as they build skills and earn the credentials they need to progress along a pathway to better jobs and better wages.” —Cheryl Keenan, Director of the Division of Adult Education and Literacy, U.S. Department of Education

The Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project announced the second round of innovative practices in adult education for bridge and integrated education and training (IET) programs. The five adult education  practices highlighted employ innovative approaches and partnerships that support adults’ development of the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to enroll and be successful in postsecondary education or occupational training, earn short-term credentials, and obtain employment. 

The programs, which are part of local school districts, have developed strong partnerships with a range of stakeholders, including community and technical colleges, universities, workforce development providers, and employers. 

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Just Published: Compendium of Innovative Practices

October 15, 2020

Advancing Innovation in Adult Education Logo Three adult students typing Download Now Compendium of Innovative Practices: Secondary Credentialing Programs for AdultsCheck out the LINCS Resource Collection for the recently published Compendium of Innovative Practices: Secondary Credentialing Programs for Adults, featuring four innovative secondary credentialing programs. Adult education State staff, program administrators, instructors and staff, workforce development staff, federal agency staff, and adult education researchers can use the Compendium of Innovative Practices to learn about new and enhanced approaches for adults to earn a secondary credential that include occupational training or earning of postsecondary credits as part of the credentialing option, or that involve web-based delivery of a credentialing program. 


Meet the Innovators in Secondary Credentialing!

September 21, 2020

Advancing Innovation in Adult Education Logo Hand holding a lit light bulb Meet the Innovators in Adult Education Round 1 Showcase Webinar Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ETIt’s National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (NAEFL)! The Advancing Innovation project is excited to announce our first round of innovators in adult education. Four practices were selected for their innovative approaches for adults to attain a secondary credential while developing career-readiness skills, earning college credits, or obtaining an occupational certificate in a career pathway. Explore the Gallery of Practices for short profiles of the innovators in secondary credentialing for adult learners.