Adult Career Pathways

Preparing learners for family-sustaining work is a big part of adult education! We teach transitions or “soft” skills, digital literacy, and of course basic skills such as reading, writing, math and language. All of these key skills are defined in our content standards documents, and they are further detailed in our CCR Standards and the ACES resource libraries. In addition, in ABE programs throughout the state, these skills are often embedded in a specific career pathway, building students’ skills while preparing them for specific career advancement at the same time.

To address the many challenges in designing, implementing and sustaining effective adult career pathway (ACP) programs and partnerships, ATLAS provides professional development and resources for ABE managers and practitioners who are developing or strengthening career pathways for their students.

Adult Career Pathways Resource Library

The cornerstone of our ACP offerings is the ACP resource library, providing over 50 (and growing!) vetted ACP curricula as well as a multitude of ACP program development tools. If you are teaching students in preparation for careers in healthcare, manufacturing, etc. – don’t recreate the wheel!  You can start with an ACP curriculum from this collection and tweak for your context.

Additional Opportunities

Professional development activities for Adult Career Pathways includes webinars and workshops at regional and statewide events on a variety of topics. Keep up with all things ACP-related by joining the ACP Networking group; details are below.

Online Groups

ACP Networking Group - Schoology

This online networking community of practice was established to connect administrators and instructors working on adult career pathways, and it serves as a forum for discussion among those working with ACPs statewide, as well as a hub for announcements, materials, and face-to-face event information.

Advisory Teams

Transitions PD Advisory Team

The Transitions Professional Development (PD) Advisory Team is an ATLAS-sponsored team designed to strengthen Adult Career Pathways (ACP) work in Minnesota ABE through relevant, meaningful, and effective professional development for ABE teachers and managers.

The Team is responsible for visioning and implementing a long-term strategic plan for Adult Career Pathways PD in Minnesota, as well as specific tasks yearly to support current and forthcoming PD efforts such as offerings around establishing partnerships with local colleges and employers, reaching out to Local Workforce Development Boards, and recruiting ACP students.

New Adult Career Pathways Resources

Workforce Atlas

Not a course, but a resource that can be used in any career pathways course/program.  Resources include videos, worksheets, templates, and career-specific guides and infographics.  An Implementation Guide is provided for instructors/program staff for effective utilization of the website. || AUTHOR: ProLiteracy and Pearson

Practicing Speaking & Listening Skills in English in the Workplace: High Beginning / Low Intermediate Level

Develops skills and confidence in English speaking and listening, to improve communication in the current workplace.  Topics include time, giving and receiving instructions, asking for clarification, calling in late or sick, safety, and small talk.  Course was designed for and delivered at BIX Produce Co. || AUTHOR: Mary Ellen Kavanaugh, MORE St. Paul

“Minds On” Project-Based Learning in Adult Career Pathways: Designing Well-Balanced Career-Based Lessons for Low-Literacy English Language Learners

In project-based learning (PBL) students pose an important problem or issue, identify how to respond, and present results to a wider audience.  Using PBL in adult career pathway (ACP) courses can develop mastery of academic and occupational content, help master transitions skills, and promotes equity.  This PowerPoint slide set outlines the components of PBL as implemented in an ACP course, research about the effectiveness of PBL, and concrete examples of PBL used with low-literacy ELLs.
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Upcoming ABE Events

January 21, 2020 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

One-on-One Tutoring for the Citizenship Interview and Test

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Registration Deadline: TUES. 1/21/20 The cost of the citizenship application fee is going up 61% in 2020, and learning centers are expecting a big increase in the number of people applying for citizenship before the increase takes place. If you know someone who is interested in becoming… Learn More

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
January 23, 2020 8:00 am–4:00 pm
ATLAS
Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States

2020 Language & Literacy Institute

Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2020 (NOTE: $15 late fee applied to all registrations made after 1/17/20) NOTE: Guest room reservations must be made no later than THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2020 to be guaranteed the discounted rate. Cost:  $35 for one day… Learn More

Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States
January 24, 2020 8:00 am–4:00 pm
ATLAS
Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States

STAR 20 Cohort – Meeting 2

Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States

A training by Marn Frank and Terrisa Fisher, ATLAS, for participants accepted through an application process. This training will be held in conjunction with the Language & Literacy Institute on Friday, January 24, 2020. Learn More

Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States