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ATLAS continues to work with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on its Transition to Post-Secondary initiative, helping facilitate training and projects to address the gap between ABE and post-secondary education and training.

ACES (Academic, Career & Employability Skills)

In accordance with ATLAS efforts to provide more long-term, sustained activities that incorporate the features of effective professional development, in early 2012 ATLAS launched a new job-embedded transitions initiative: ACES (Academic, Career & Employability Skills). The goal of ACES is to ensure that ABE programs are able to provide effective contextualized instruction integrating post-secondary education and training readiness, employability skills, and career readiness at all levels.

Over the past year, the ACES Project Team has been working on introducing and providing initial training on the Transitions Integration Framework (TIF), which was designed to provide guidance to adult basic education (ABE) programs and instructors on the effective integration of transitions skills into instruction at all levels of ABE.  The TIF defines the academic, career, and employability skills essential for adult learners to successfully transition to post-secondary education, career training, the workplace, and community involvement.  Furthermore, the use of this document to guide ABE instruction is intended to help meet the needs of stakeholders in post-secondary education, the workplace, and community-based organizations.

Both the summary document, TIF at a Glance, and the full Transitions Integration Framework are available under RELATED RESOURCES to the right.

Wondering what's on tap for ACES during the 2014-2015 year?  Check out the ACES 6-Pack ABES document under  RELATED RESOURCES.


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Transitions Conference

ATLAS partnered with MDE to host three annual statewide conferences in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Conference presentations »
Other transitions resources »


Instructional Practices Alignment Survey

For years ABE practitioners have been aware of a significant gap between adult basic education and post-secondary education. But what is the nature of this gap, and how can we address it? In early 2008, ATLAS conducted a survey of ABE and MnSCU faculty. The purpose of the survey was to identify needs and current teaching practices for both groups.

Instructional practices alignment survey »