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.

Webinar Series

Adult Career Pathways Webinar Series

Based on input from the Adult Career Pathways Advisory Team, ATLAS offers a webinar series throughout the year to promote and support Adult Career Pathways (ACP) and Integrated Education and Training (IET) in Minnesota Adult Ed. Topics vary and are determined by the Advisory Team.

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

What Does the WIOA State Plan Mean to You?

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plan is a required component of federal law for every state. This article explains its purpose and relevance to ABE practitioners.

Bridge to Healthcare Careers

This is a four-week introductory course on healthcare careers that teaches the occupational and employability skills required for students to take and successfully pass the Minnesota Individual Personal Care Assistance (PCA) and Community First Services and Supports (CFSS) test. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to practice their English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as digital literacy skills. || AUTHOR: Reneé Kostner, Lakeville Area Schools

Professional Leadership

This 12-week course helps New Americans who have work experience in the U.S. gain the skills they need to move into leadership roles.  Through class discussion and collaborative learning, students will learn leadership styles, effective feedback, techniques for training employees, networking skills, how to write a resume and computer skills. || AUTHOR: Lynn Thompson and Kate Carter, International Institute of Minnesota
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October 7, 2022 9:00 am–12:00 pm

CASAS Implementation Training


Registration Deadline: NONE; just click the Join Meeting link below Please joint us virtually on Friday, October 7, 2022 – 9:00-12:00, for a CASAS Certification Training. This is a basic, introductory training, designed to walk new staff through the CASAS assessment process, from appraisal to post-test. The process… Learn More

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ABE-Dev Ed Affinity Group Meeting


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October 7, 2022 12:30 pm–3:30 pm

TABE Implementation Training


Registration Deadline: NONE; just click the Join Meeting link below Please join us virtually on Friday, October 7, 2022 – 12:30-3:30 pm, for a TABE Implementation Training. This basic, introductory training is designed for new staff and will cover selecting and administering TABE 11&12, interpreting test scores, and… Learn More