Report: Integrated Education and Training Strengthens Career Pathways
By Judy Mortrude
At the recent COABE 2017 conference, Integrated Education and Training (IET) was in the air. And in the pre-conference, and in the vendor hall, and in multiple breakout sessions! Building on that energy, CLASP has released a summary of IET research and guidance titled Integrated Education and Training: A Career Pathways Policy & Practice.
Earlier this year, CLASP joined leading experts in presenting the results of a national IET survey that is featured in this report.
This includes data analysis demonstrating clear progress in regional planning for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Nearly 70 percent of adult education providers reported implementing or planning IET in partnership with their local workforce development board.
However, the data also show gaps in collaboration. For instance, just 31 percent of adult educators have ensured their IET program appears on their state’s Eligible Training Provider List, a prerequisite to using WIOA title I training funds.
WIOA is in full implementation, but many opportunities for action remain. As adult educators now sit (by law) at WIOA local planning tables across the country, it’s critical for the adult education field to promote equity and accountability for delivering coordinated services to help low-skilled, low-income adults succeed in the workforce. It’s time to maximize adult learning through IET!