New $750,000 competition invites adult education providers to design pre-apprenticeships

The Rethink Adult Ed Challenge is a $750,000 competition to advance pre-apprenticeships. The U.S. Department of Education invites adult education providers to design programs that better prepare learners for apprenticeships and beyond.

Apprenticeships can provide a vital entry point into well-paid and rewarding careers across industries — but many adult learners face barriers to accessing them. Advancing innovative pre-apprenticeship programs that address these hurdles will benefit everyone, including adult learners, employers, and the communities around them.

Enter the $750,000 national challenge by November 25

AEFLA-funded community colleges, correctional facilities, libraries, community-based organizations, and other adult education providers interested in entering the challenge should submit a preliminary program design by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 25.

Learn more: Register for the virtual information session

To learn more about the Rethink Adult Ed Challenge, join the virtual information session on October 15. The Department will give an in-depth overview of the challenge and answer questions during a live Q&A.

Access virtual resources and expert support

A review panel will select up to 100 finalists to join Stage 2, which runs from February to July 2021. Finalists will have access to a range of digital resources — such as case studies, activities, and webinars with subject matter experts — to help them refine their designs and develop more detailed program proposals. The grand-prize winner will be awarded $250,000, and up to five runners-up will each receive at least $100,000.

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