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Transition to College and Careers

The Transition to College and Careers (TCC) project was a two-year pilot project that was implemented in 2009-2010. TCC was designed to be the first "rung in the career ladder" for dislocated, unemployed, and underemployed adults who have been out of school for some time. The project served to bridge Adult Secondary and ESOL programs to postsecondary education and training. Its goal was to help adults enter and succeed in college programs that prepare them for occupations in high-demand fields, enabling them to earn family-sustaining wages.

Six pilot sites operating in five states were funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation through a competitive process managed by the New England Literacy Resource Center at World Education, Inc. Each TCC pilot site offered two program cycles per year for a minimum of 14 weeks per cycle and six hours of academic instruction per week.

Key Features

  • Partnerships between adult education programs and postsecondary institutions
  • Academic college preparation
  • Academic advising
  • Assistance with admissions and financial aid
  • Career awareness and planning
  • College success skills and knowledge
  • Dual enrollment
  • Employer involvement
  • Online courses to prepare students to enter training for their chosen career
  • Simulated college environment with support

Online Health Science Course

In addition to the academic courses taught onsite at the ABE program, a subset of students who were interested in pursuing health care certificate and degree programs in fields such as radiologic and cardiovascular technology, occupational therapy, dental hygiene, and nursing enrolled in an online Introduction to Health Science course. This online course, which we developed in partnership with the Health Care Learning Network, was facilitated centrally for students at all six pilot sites.

Career Counseling and Planning

Another key feature of the TCC model was increased attention to career counseling and planning for all enrolled students. To that end, TCC counselors used the Integrating Career Awareness curriculum to help all students complete a career and education plan by the time they completed the program.

The TCC Pilot Sites


For more information contact:  Sandy Goodman at or 617-385-3816.

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