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Transforming Futures: Building a Career Pathways System that Works! Nancy Bartholomew-SeltzerCurriculum Specialist Adult EducationDistrict Office Kimberly GatesDepartment Head, Online ProgramsSheridan Technical CenterJane HughesCurriculum Facilitator, Career PathwaysDistrict OfficeNeeta RancourtAssistant Director, Adult EducationAtlantic Technical Center
Adult Career PathwaysA framework for better connecting K-12 Education Postsecondary Education Economic Development Programs Supportive Services
Career pathway systems are road maps that put students on the fast track to higher learning and higher earningRestructuring of Adult EducationFederal Government push to educate and transition adults into post secondary education and careers. This aligns with the scheduled release of the revised and more rigorous GED test
2Why is Access to Postsecondary Education Vital?Research confirms it results in:Increased earnings
Benefits to children. The poverty rate among children under age six decreases from 62.5% for parents with less than a high school diploma to 15.2% for parents with some college. (NIFL)
Skilled workforce3Education, Earnings, EmploymentMedian Annual Income, Full-time workers, 25 years old and over2008MalesSalary/Unemployment rateFemalesSalary/Unemployment rate
Less than high school diploma29,6808.820,4109.4High School graduation, including GED39,0105.928,3805.3Associates degree
4 year degree50,1503.8
Five Transitioning ModelsESOL - focused on advanced language skills, little math prepGED Plus - aligns existing GED prep so that students interested in postsecondary are prepared to enter college level courseworkAdvising raises student awareness of postsecondary options and admissionsCareer Pathways - contextualized leaning to participate in college level education College Preparatory - direct instruction to address gaps between knowledge and skills
5STEP 1: FIND A MODEL THAT WILL WORK FOR YOU. NCSALL Occasional PaperWhich Model Did We Choose? Why?A hybrid of the GED Plus and Advising ModelsWhat does Broward Countys Student Population Look Like?6th Largest District in the Nation2nd Largest District in the State of Florida
Population 1,748,006Labor Force 1,002,039
Adult Education Students Served 2010-1133,310
Average Age - 16 24 years of age
165 countries/53 language groups
Unemployment Rate - 9.5% as of August 2011Step 2: ESTABLISH A STEERING COMMITTEEWho serves on Steering Committee?District staff administrators, facilitators, professional development Classroom teachersData personnelPartners (Workforce One, 211 Broward, Broward County Libraries, Vocational Rehabilitation)School based staff department heads, marketing personnel, administrators, guidance counselorsSteering CabinetWho is on the Steering Cabinet?Technical Center DirectorsCommunity School PrincipalsAdult Center PrincipalsRole of the Steering CommitteeTo create the Five Year plan, recommend adjustments, and be responsible for the continuing oversight of the plan. These recommendations and progress reports will be brought to the Steering Cabinet on a monthly basis. Role of the Steering CabinetThe role of the Steering Cabinet will be to ensure district-wide implementation of the Steering Committees plan.Step 3: DEVELOP A FIVE YEAR PLAN Program DesignMarketingProfessional DevelopmentCurriculum & InstructionStudent Support ServicesAssessmentPartnershipsAccountabilityProgram DesignCollaborate with county workforce development board/agency
Create pathways based on industry need project out to 2020
Create no more than five pathwaysPathways IdentifiedHealth Sciences
Business Management & Administration
Curriculum & InstructionAdult Education StudentsStudent Success WebinarsHow to be a Successful Distance Learner Critical Thinking/Test Taking Strategies, Study Skills &Time Management College Admission and Financial Aid
GED Plus Writing & MathVirtual and Classroom Instruction
Curriculum & InstructionGED Plus
How to provide GED Plus to over 3,000 students with no money?
What didnt work? Student Support ServicesWhy are they important?
Because our students are non-traditional Who is the Nontraditional Student? Nontraditional student: Delays enrollment into postsecondary education Attends school part-time Works full-time Has dependents other than spouse Is a single parent Has a GED
The likelihood of completing postsecondary education goal goes down as the number of nontraditional characteristics goes up. 31Nontraditional Student BarriersInadequate academic preparation
Need for organizational and study skills
Lack of familiarity with the college culture
Need for personal and career counseling
32Persistence in Postsecondary Studies of adult students who persist find that those who stay:
Applied for and received financial aidCompleted an orientation or student success course upon enrollment Integrated socially and academically into the collegeCommitted to a goalValued study skill development33Student Support ServicesTransition LiaisonsAdvising
Scholarship FundFinancial SupportTransition LiaisonsOne Transition Liaison at each Community School, Adult Center & Technical Center
Received at $717 per year stipend
Attended professional development workshops and received part-time, adult education teacher hourly rate
Attended quarterly Best Practice meetings
35Responsibilities of Transition Liaisons
Coordinate the transition process by: attending professional development recruiting students for the TYF program providing ongoing academic and career counseling using the Education and Career Pathways Plan providing career counseling through Choicesproviding applications for students to apply for funds from the Adult Education Scholarshipproviding referrals to community resources distributing TYF program materials spotlighting monthly career exploration themesscheduling students for tours of postsecondary institutionsassisting students with postsecondary application processmonitoring students progress in mandatory TYF courses
36Transition LiaisonsWhat worked?
What didnt work?
38 Tours of Postsecondary Institutions
63 Adult General Education students attended tours of the 3 Broward Technical Centers
Tours of Postsecondary Institutions Tours of the three main campuses were attended by 68 students39
ToursTours were scheduled from 8:00am 2:00pm
Chartered bus ($410) picked up students at school sites in north, central and south Broward County
Students were responsible for their meals
Student Survey Results:94% agreed that the tour was beneficial 6% felt the time was either too short or too long 40Tours of Postsecondary InstitutionsVirtual Postsecondary TourTours of Postsecondary InstitutionsWhat worked?
What didnt work? MarketingLetter from Superintendent
Posters and Flyers
Word of Mouth
What didnt work? Professional DevelopmentTYF Program StaffNavigating the Postsecondary Education SystemFinancial Aid/CPTAdmission Procedures21st Century Communication SkillsEducation and Career Pathways PlanCareer Counseling and Use of Florida Choices
Professional DevelopmentBack to School (256)Introduction of Career Pathways to Classroom Teachers and Administrators
Resource Teacher Meetings
Principals and Directors MeetingProfessional DevelopmentProfessional Development Day (275)Classroom Teachers, Administrators, Partners
Back to School (254)Classroom Teachers, AdministratorsPresentations: Database, Partners, Webinars
What didnt work? AssessmentStudent Orientation Student Folders
Educational Career Pathways Plan
Why Student Orientation?Address learner persistenceCommunicate program goals and expectations Focus instructionIdentify and address barriers to educationManage enrollment
51What is Orientation?Three-day (12-hour) required coursePrepare students to begin their academic program leading to transition to Career and Technical postsecondary education and/or collegeEducate students about opportunities & services available on-campus
Who Attends?All new daytime adult education students enteringAdult Basic Education (ABE)General Educational Development (GED)Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAAE)ABE/GED/AAAE students who have stopped out for a termCurrent pilot of 200+ participantsOrientation: Day OneIcebreaker (Personality Profile)ObjectivesSchool Mission & ExpectationsSchool Safety PresentationStudent Handbook AcknowledgementAcceptable Use Policy & Media CenterSchool Photo ID BadgesTABE Overview & ConferencesComputer-Mediated InstructionPersonality ProfileOn a blank piece of 8 X 11 paper, draw a pig.Dont look at your neighbors pigs. Dont even glance.
Source: http://www.uri.edu/volunteer/PDF/Pig_personality.pdfCredit: By Gordon Cotton, Trainer, Marine Atlantic, Inc.
Orientation: Day Two IcebreakerBox of Ideas Video Overview of ProgramsGoal Setting ActivityCHOICESEducation & Career PlanLearning Styles56CHOICESTool Florida