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

Introduction to Child Development

Introduces students to the field of early childhood education and childcare. Students learn about different early childhood settings: centers, schools and family. They learn how to interact with children 0-5 years old and their parents. Major topics include developmental milestones, discipline, nutrition, safety and literacy. Introduces vocabulary, concepts and skills used in early childhood education. Class activities include creating and implementing hands-on activities. Also builds students’ reading, writing, math, and computer skills.

Practicing Reading & Writing Skills in English in the Workplace: High Intermediate / Advanced Level

Develops skills and confidence in English reading and writing required in the learners’ current workplace. Reading comprehension focuses on charts, memos, and safety signs. Grammar practice includes prepositions, plurals and word order. Writing instruction builds skills in writing 5-sentence paragraphs and if-then statements.


Provides a broad overview on a variety of skills and vocabulary needed to be a CNA. Students learn about various healthcare settings along with important workplace vocabulary, soft skills and potential career pathways. Students explore math necessary to be a CNA and gain knowledge of personal finance math.
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Let’s Connect…on Schoology!

Are you missing opportunities to connect with ABE colleagues across the state to find out about important updates, ask questions, and share ideas or resources? Come join MN ABE on Schoology! Read More

Adult Career Pathways Networking Group

Keep up to date with all things ACP-related by joining the ACP Networking group. This is an online networking community of practice using the Schoology platform, with a designated facilitator. Read More

Upcoming ABE Events

November 21, 2019 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council

Introduction to Khan Academy for Distance Learning (webinar)


Registration Deadline: THU. 11/21/19 Join us for the next in our distance learning webinar series, where we explore the free website Khan Academy. Learn how to set up classes, enroll learners, assign content, pull distance learning hours, and more! This session will be led by Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt from… Learn More

November 22, 2019 12:00 am–11:59 pm
St. Paul RiverCentre
175 W Kellogg Blvd
St Paul, 55102

MELEd (MN English Learner Education) Conference

St. Paul RiverCentre
175 W Kellogg Blvd
St Paul, 55102

Deadlines: Applications for scholarships due TUE. 10/15/19 Registration for conference ends early November 2019 ATLAS scholarships to attend will be available soon!  Applications will be due in mid-October!  Please check back. For now, see the May 2019 newsletter article here:… Learn More

St. Paul RiverCentre
175 W Kellogg Blvd
St Paul, 55102
November 22, 2019 11:00 am–12:15 pm
Burlington English

Data-Driven Instruction with BurlingtonEnglish


Registration Deadline: THU. 11/21/19 Do you want to learn how to use the data from Student Progress Reports to customize your instruction? If so, join us and other teachers to “Drill into the Details” of BurlingtonEnglish Student Progress Reports. Teachers will learn how to run reports, interpret sample… Learn More