National Career Awareness Project
Goal: The overall goal of the Career Awareness Project was to increase and improve adult learners’ career awareness and planning throughout all levels of the adult basic education spectrum.
Funder: Office of Vocational and Adult Education/ U.S. Department of Education
Geographic Coverage: Teams from 16 states participated in this project. (Numbers on the map represent the three US Department of Education regional resource centers). States applied to participate in one of two rounds, January–June 2011 or July–December 2011.
Beneficiaries: Consistent with best practices for promoting system change, the project was designed to have impact on four levels: adult basic education program staff (teachers and counselors); adult learners; adult basic education programs; and state level adult basic education systems.
Activities: This was an extended professional development and state capacity building project. The project offered state teams, consisting of a state team leader and two teachers/counselors, the opportunity to explore the career planning process using the Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE/ESOL Classroom (ICA) curriculum, a product developed by World Education. The ICA curriculum guide provides classroom-ready, flexible lessons, handouts, and online resources to prepare instructors and counselors to guide adult students through a career awareness and planning process.
State teams participated in an online course, developed by World Education, followed by a structured implementation phase over a six-month period. During the implementation phase, local program staff incorporated career awareness and planning into instructional and counseling activities. State team leaders collected input from team members to develop a plan for disseminating the career awareness curriculum and professional development statewide.
Significance: Building the field's capacity to prepare students for college and career pathways is a national and state priority. This project enabled program staff to develop concrete instructional and counseling skills in this area. The project also enabled state team leaders to observe best practices and materials in action in order to plan for statewide dissemination and scale-up.
Next Steps: Participating states are in the process of finalizing and implementing dissemination plans. In some states NCTN will assist in developing customized training for the teams to deliver in their own states.
Final Report: Download here (PDF).
Project Director: Sandy Goodman, Director of Career Pathways, National College Transition Network, firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, through CFDA 84.2567T, LINCS Regional Resource Center Grant No. X257T06001. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education. No official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any product, commodity, service or enterprise mentioned in this course is intended or should be inferred.