Arizona Comprehensive Operations Action Plan
The NCTN is working with the Arizona Department of Education/Adult Education Services to effectively integrate Arizona's College and Career Readiness standards. Through professional development and leadership coaching designed and delivered by NCTN, over sixty adult education administrators and instructional leaders will successfully transition adult students to college and career pathways. Activities include facilitated, customized online courses, evidence-based study groups, and in-person trainings.
Massachusetts Career Readiness Initiative
The National College Transition Network at World Education is supporting the Massachusetts Career Readiness Initiative (CRI), led by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The goal is to supplement, align, and coordinate basic skills delivery through statewide implementation of ACT Career Ready 101 system to accelerate the state's ability to assist low income residents possessing basic literacy skills to access career pathways. The NCTN provides training and capacity building activities to assist career centers, community colleges, and adult basic education programs to embed ACT Career Ready 101 tools within their programs and services for the purpose of improving the basic skills of participants.
Funding for CRI capacity building comes from The Boston Foundation, the Commonwealth Corporation serving as the fiscal agent. Multiple funders and stakeholders contributed to the broader Career Readiness Initiative, which is being managed primarily by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board. Please contact capacity building lead, Sandy Goodman, for more information.
VETRN - Promoting Veterans' Success
Veterans continue to experience unemployment and underemployment at a rate higher than their civilian counterparts. Their military training provides many of the skills necessary to be successful in business. The Veteran Resource and Training Network (VETRN) program works to address this contradiction by providing veterans an opportunity to attend a program in entrepreneurship at Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business and Center for Entrepreneurship. The program provides VETRN participants with the skills, resources, networking and mentorship necessary to launch or grow a small business.
The VETRN program, believing that a college degree is not essential to qualify and succeed, asked the National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc. to offer guidance and to design a tool that assesses the applicant's prior learning and skills. The tool ensures that he/ she will have every opportunity to be successful in the program once selected regardless of degree attainment. Through a formative design process in collaboration with Northeastern faculty, VETRN advisory board members, and potential students – NCTN developed a user friendly and web-based tool to assess whether applicants have the requisite competencies in reading comprehension, writing, math, and computer literacy needed to successfully complete the VETRN program. A fundamental element of the tool is its congruence with the VETRN program's mission and learning objectives.
LaGuardia Community College, NY
LaGuardia Community College partnered with the National College Transition Network and the New England Literacy Resource Center to expand teacher capacity and develop a community of adult educators who practice contextualized instruction and to deliver services in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. Attendees practiced techniques to design rigorous instruction that help adult learners become career and college-ready. Activities included instructor trainings, webinars, a virtual community of practice (VCP) and a culminating conference each year for the two years of the grant. This endeavor was made possible with support from MetLife Foundation.
The National College Transition Network provided technical assistance to the State of Texas Education Agency. Members of the NCTN team customized a practitioner toolkit and associated training materials to promote greater use of regional labor market data. The toolkit informed adult learners' career choices and facilitated effective transitions to postsecondary education. In addition, NCTN made recommendations for statewide implementation of the training materials.
Virginia Community College System
Adult Career Coach Training for the Virginia Community College System entailed designing an online course that is the centerpiece of certification training for Virginia’s statewide Adult Career Coaches who are stationed at each of Virginia’s community colleges to assist dislocated workers, un- and underemployed adults, and veterans to enter postsecondary training programs in high growth industries in partnership with local One Stop Career Centers. The Adult Career Coach initiative was funded through the US Department of Labor under the Trade Act Adjustment Community College Transformation (TAACCT).
Waubonsee Community College, IL
The National College Transition Network provided technical assistance to Waubonsee Community College. Members of the NCTN team guided the design, development, and implementation of a college transition pilot program for adult students in the college's adult education program based at the Aurora, Illinois campus. A core element of the pilot program was a college transition course incorporating the four aspects of college and career readiness: academic, career, college and personal readiness.
Read a student success story from our work at Waubonsee Community College here.
For more information about these projects, please contact Ellen Hewett.