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This blog provides a platform for resources to be shared and discussions to be engaged in by anyone providing transitioning services. The content of the blog is especially applicable to those involved in the Illinois Transitions Academy.

The Transitions Academy is designed to assist colleges and partnerships working on developing Bridge and ICAPS (Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System) programs by increasing awareness of the expanding partnership between Adult Education and Career and Technical Education as it relates to the ICAPS model, Accelerating Opportunity, Illinois Bridge programs, and Illinois Programs of Study. The Transitions Academy is designed to assist colleges and partnerships working on developing Bridge and ICAPS (Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System) programs.



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Engaging Employers in Adult Career Pathways


 Updated Discussion
Group: Career Pathways
Discussion: Online Course: Engaging Employers in Adult Career Pathways
Courtesy of I-Fang Cheng

Updated Discussion:
Update: The Designing Instruction for Career Pathways online courses will be available on LINCS on September 13, 2013.
LINCS is adding the opportunity for professional development for its members in the form of a series of optional online courses developed by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education’s initiative Designing Instruction for Career Pathways. These online courses are self-paced, freely available, and accessible 24 hours a day through the LINCS Learning Portal. (Please note: Individuals will need to create a separate login and password to access the online courses housed in the LINCS Learning Portal.) The courses will enable users to work at their own pace, at a time that is most convenient to them.

Engaging Employers in Adult Career Pathways
Engaging Employers in Adult Career Pathways helps adult education instructors and program administrators understand how to identify, engage, and sustain engagement of appropriate employers in the development of career pathways programs.  The course is self-paced and features three modules: (1) Creating a Business-Education Partnership; (2) Building Business Engagement; and (3) Sustaining Business Engagement. The modules link to this discussion thread (Title: Online Course: Engaging Employers in Adult Career Pathways) within the LINCS Community Career Pathways group to provide opportunities for you to discuss how to apply the course information in your teaching with your colleagues from around the country.
Use this discussion thread to post your responses to questions below from the online course, Engaging Employers in Adult Career Pathways. Please share your comments to any of the following questions, or post a general comment or feedback on the course.
  • Introduce yourself.
  • In what ways can you or have you sustained employer engagement in ACP programs?
  • Depending on the specific business and industries in your community, region, and state, employer partners may have additional expectations of education partners. Discuss the employers in your area and anticipate their expectations of your ACP program.
  • How will you apply your newly acquired knowledge in engaging employers to enhance ACP programs and systems?
This online course was developed under the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education’s Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001, which developed and delivered trainings and online courses to adult education providers in order to increase the quality and quantity of adult career pathways programs.
The new LINCS Learning Portal offers adult educators free online professional development courses from a variety of OVAE initiatives. Join today at: https://courses.lincs.ed.gov.
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