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

To connect administrators and instructors working on adult career pathways, ATLAS is establishing an online networking community of practice on Schoology. This online community of practice will serve 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.

Watch for more info coming soon!

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

Minnesota Driver’s License Written Exam Prep

This class is designed to help unlicensed adult drivers become familiar with the basic vocabulary, signs and rules of the road so they can successfully pass the written portion for their Minnesota Driver’s License. The course covers most of the topics in the Minnesota driver’s education manual.

Adult Career Pathways Glossary

Confused about Adult Career Pathways and transitions terminology? You're not alone! Check out this handy ACP glossary.

School Districts as Employer Partners

Hear from a school district recruitment and retention manager about the value of partnering with ABE to fill positions like school bus driver and nutrition service workers in this 7-minute video.
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Latest Adult Career Pathways Articles

Career Pathways Course Design: Tools and Tips

Considering a career pathways course? ATLAS has excellent resources available to guide a step-by-step process of course design.  You’ll find a set of Guidelines and an easy-to-use accompanying Template that ensures clear documentation of all elements of a course from the outset. Read More

Join an Advisory Team and Help Guide Professional Development in MN ABE!

Do you like thinking about how we grow as professional educators in ABE?  Three unique leadership opportunities are coming up for Minnesota ABE practitioners. Please consider joining the Language & Literacy, MN Numeracy Instruction, or Transitions Advisory Team!… Read More

Upcoming ABE Events

June 27, 2019 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council

Volunteer Coordinator Webinar for 2019 Annual Volunteer Information Report


Registration Deadline: THU. 6/27/19 Jenny Schlukebier from Urban Planet will discuss the 2019 Annual Volunteer Information Report. Learn how to review and run the report from SiD and get answers to some FAQs. Get more details and register here >> After registering you will receive… Learn More


July 10, 2019 10:00 am–11:00 am
Minnesota Literacy Council

Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment Webinar


Learn about the new Northstar curriculum, and how it can be used in your classrooms. Other upcoming Northstar webinars: 9/20/19, 1:00 pm: Northstar Curriculum: Learn about the new Northstar curriculum, and how it can be used in your classrooms. 11/13/19, 10:00 am: Northstar LMS: Let’s talk about the new learner… Learn More


July 16, 2019 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Volunteer Experiences at the United States-Mexico Border and in Greek Refugee Camps

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

Registration Deadline: TUE. 7/16/19 Cydnee Sanders (AmeriCorps VISTA with Open Door Learning Center – Northside) and her group from Saint Joan of Arc Catholic community spent five days at the United States-Mexico border. In this session, she’ll share powerful stories of her experiences and encounters in Tucson, the… Learn More

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