Reengineer Education and Skill Development Systems

August 05, 2010

Today’s education and training systems poorly serve low-income adults and disadvantaged youth. They are not well-connected or flexible enough to help these students and workers persist in programs and earn postsecondary credentials, especially students with multiple barriers to success. Pockets of proven innovative strategies and practices exist across the country, but few of these are ever scaled up to become the new way of doing business.

To address these challenges, the C-PES supports and advocates for:
  • Changing  the rules that govern education, training and support systems* to ensure they work together to help students and workers complete programs and progress toward postsecondary credentials that employers value.  Today’s education and training systems are disconnected and inadequate due to the rules that govern them.  For example, a student who completes a GED program will not necessarily meet the basic education standards for or receive guidance on entrance into postsecondary education.  Short-term training programs often are dead-end and don’t lead to further education or high-wage jobs.  The career pathways framework is an effective way of connecting education, training, and support services to prepare students and workers for the next level of education and training and to meet employer demand for skilled workers.

  • Policies that incent and support more effective practices and innovative models. These practices include short, intensive remedial bridge programs for those at the lowest literacy levels, modularization and integrated basic skills instruction and occupational training and flexible scheduling and delivery modes.
*This includes youth development, adult education, workforce development, career and technical education, human services/TANF, and higher education systems.
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