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Transforming Futures: Building a Career Pathways System that Works!. Nancy Bartholomew-Seltzer Curriculum Specialist Adult Education District Office Kimberly Gates Department Head, Online Programs Sheridan Technical Center Jane Hughes Curriculum Facilitator, Career Pathways - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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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

Reduced unemployment

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


Information Technology

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? TapingSurvey


WebinarsWhat worked?

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

Competing demands

Financial concerns

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

Bus ToursExposure

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

Liaison Recruitment

Social Media

Posters and Flyers


Word of Mouth

Professional Development

MarketingWhat worked?

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

Site Visits

Principals and Directors MeetingProfessional DevelopmentProfessional Development Day (275)Classroom Teachers, Administrators, Partners

Back to School (254)Classroom Teachers, AdministratorsPresentations: Database, Partners, Webinars

Professional Development

Professional Development

What worked?

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: By Gordon Cotton, Trainer, Marine Atlantic, Inc.

Orientation: Day Two IcebreakerBox of Ideas Video Overview of ProgramsGoal Setting ActivityCHOICESEducation & Career PlanLearning Styles56CHOICESTool Florida


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