Adult Education Partnerships with Career One Stops
Submitted by Kathy St. John on March 16, 2019 - 6:53pm
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I recently facilitated the LINCS Learning to Achieve Workforce Preparation Strategies training at a regional adult education conference. Since it was a double session, we had a good amount of time to discuss how participants are able to help prepare their students (especially those with learning disabilities) for the world of work. We also had a great discussion during which participants shared their community's model of partnerships to support their Career One Stops. Many participants said that their adult ed programs work closely with other organizations in their community to connect their students with workforce preparedness services. They all said that relationship building and cultivating is a key factor in the success of these partnerships. The programs that are able to participate in partner meetings and events know the "players" in their community who can really help their students.
One program makes a special effort to transition students to partner programs by accompanying them to onsite orientations and initial appointments at partner organizations so the students are comfortable and confident in accessing these services. The program builds in paid time for staff to make these trips. They also organize group field trips to local community colleges and other relevant organizations.
Another adult education program is located in the same facility as the local Career One Stop and other related partner organizations. In this case, the typical silos are totally broken down and the staff of each partner organization know each other and work closely with each other to provide seamless services to the adult education students in their communities.
What other successful models are there? Please share how your program works with your community partners and Career One Stop Centers to help your students, especially those with disabilities, access these important work-related services?