The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) of the U.S. Department of Education, in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), is hosting a series of community college webinars in 2013 to highlight the important work of these institutions and the many contributions they make to the communities they serve. Each webinar will bring together experts from the field and local practitioners to discuss some of the key challenges these institutions face and highlight promising institutional practices and policy changes from around the country that aim to increase postsecondary student success.
Topics will include promising community college correctional and reentry education work, the strengths and challenges of the U.S. postsecondary CTE system, and the role of community colleges in career pathways systems, among others. We look forward to your engagement on these important issues affecting adult education, career and technical education, and community college communities.
March 7, 2013
The first webinar focused on transforming adult education to better prepare adult learners to successfully transition to postsecondary education and training. Barbara Endel from Jobs for the Future was present to discuss the work of the Accelerating Opportunity initiative in scaling up its adult education reform model that integrates ABE and postsecondary occupational training. Judy Alamprese from Abt Associates also shared key findings from her recent study on transforming reading instruction in adult education programs to better prepare adult learners for the demands of college-level coursework. The webinar also highlighted the work of LaGuardia Community College to build bridge programs that ease the transition of students from ABE and GED programs to postsecondary education and training.