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

Adult Career Pathways Online Group

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 announcements, resources, and webinar and in-person event information.

Advisory Teams

ACP PD Advisory Team

The ACP 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

Personal Care Assistant (PCA)

This course will prepare learners to take the Personal Care Assistance (PCA) and Community First Supports and Services (CFSS) Test. Students will become familiar with the types of jobs that Personal Care Assistants get hired for and typical job duties. Students will have the opportunity to earn a CPR/First Aid certification. || AUTHOR: Brigid Tully, Ed.D, Metro South ABE

Office Support – Bridge Course

This bridge course will prepare students for a front desk/customer service position.  Students will learn personal communication skills, practice digital literacy skills, the basics of appointment scheduling and other office skills such as time management and teamwork. || AUTHOR: Deb Sandvig, Metro South ABE

Career and College Success

This course introduces students to career and college exploration. It integrates instruction of soft skills needed for successful entry into career and/or college. It also integrates digital literacy and introduces students to Northstar Digital Website. Students work toward a goal of completion of Northstar Digital Certification. || AUTHOR: Rallou Rice, Metro North
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June 29, 2022 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
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Core Training Module 4: Instructional Best Practices: Working with Materials


Registration Deadline: WED. 6/29/22 Participants learn about the types of materials that they may be working with, including prepared texts and realia. Participants also learn about the practice of explicit instruction, how to effectively give instructions, and suggestions for extending worksheets to maximize understanding and practice. Learn More

June 29, 2022 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Antiracist Praxis Study Circle, Summer 2022


Application Deadline: FRI. 5/27/22 APPLY NOW >> NOTE: Participation will be limited to keep the group a manageable size. Study Circle Meetings: ONLINE via Zoom, on Wednesdays from 3-5 pm (CDT) as follows: Wednesday, June 15 Wednesday, June 22 Wednesday June 29 Wednesday, July 13… Learn More

June 30, 2022 10:00 am–11:00 am
Minnesota Association of Workforce Boards
Online Training for ABE


Registration Deadline: None; simply click the JOIN link below is a great tool for workforce and adult basic education staff to find resources, promote program offerings, and connect with prospective students. You’re invited to a training to learn more about the… Learn More