Enhancing Access Spotlight Series Launched with IELCE Bridge, Navigator, and Refugee Spotlights

The Enhancing Access for Refugees and New Americans (EARN) project is launching a spotlight series focused on critical topics within Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE)/Integrated Education and Training (IET) implementation. The first three spotlights are:

  • Enhancing Access: Using Bridge Strategies to Connect IELCE Activities to IET Programs
    Bridge strategies are one approach to delivering IELCE activities in combination with IET programs. This spotlight describes how states, regions, and programs are using bridge strategies to prepare learners in IELCE activities for IET programs. EARN also has released a video highlighting how one program, Montgomery College in Maryland, connects IELCE and IET programming and contextualizes civics content in IELCE activities to prepare learners for the IET program.  
  • The Role of Navigators in IELCE/IET Career Pathways 
    Career navigators and advisors help English learners and immigrants navigate complex U.S. systems and access services to help support their integration into U.S. society. This spotlight explores potential actions for navigators to take as they support English learners along an IELCE/IET career pathway. 
  • Serving Refugees in IELCE Activities 
    Refugees and New Americans face unique challenges in acclimating to the United States, from gaining English language proficiency to successfully navigating American systems and entering careers with family-sustaining wages. This spotlight highlights strategies in serving refugees in adult education programming and IELCE.

Check out the spotlights and other resources on the EARN webpages on LINCS! Additional spotlights will be released throughout 2023.