Focus on Career Pathways and College Transitions in November

Dear Colleagues,

In November, two of the LINCS Community groups, Career Pathways and Postsecondary Completion, are planning to highlight resources such as program implementation tools, archived webinars and online courses from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education funded project, Designing Instruction for Career Pathways (DICP). These resources are now available within our LINCS Resource Collection, if you use the search term – DICP. We hope that highlighting these professional development materials will impact your program and practice.    

This week I want to highlight the free online course, Integrating Career Counseling and Planning into Adult Education. This self-paced course should take about 3 hours to complete. This course is intended for adult educators, administrators, coaches, case managers, transition specialists, career counselors and others working with adult learners seeking to transition to the next step along a career pathway. The course features three modules: (1) Career Counseling and Planning Programs; (2) Individual Career Development Plan Process; and (3) Transition to Employment and Postsecondary Education. LINK

Please share your comments below if you have already taken this course.

If you have never signed up for an online course on the LINCS portal, then you have to setup a login for the Learning Portal. You can keep it simple and just use the same login credentials as the LINCS Community and once your registration process is complete, you can start the course right away.

I would love to hear about other resources that you use in your practice or those that you have found useful around integrating career counseling and planning in your program.

Please note that all discussions around DICP resources will be cross-posted in the Career Pathways and Postsecondary Completion groups.


Best regards,

Priyanka Sharma

SME, Postsecondary Completion


To add to Priyanka's post, all the resources housed in the Adult Career Pathways Training and Support Center (ACP-SC) have been transitioned to LINCS and can be located on the LINCS website on the ACP-SC landing page: (In the Career Pathways Collection, you can also search DICP to pull up all the great instructional resources that were gathered by the project.)

On this week's topic of Integrating Career Counseling and Planning, as a preview to the Integrating Career Counseling and Planning online course, the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways project also filmed a webcast at the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) National Conference this year. The webcast featured the following panelists:

  • Cheryl Keenan, Director of Adult Education and Literacy, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
  • Joanie Rethlake, State Director, Texas LEARNS
  • Jody Angelone, Director, Northwest Ohio ABLE Resource Center

It spotlighted research and best practices on how to incorporate career awareness, planning, and couseling at the program and classroom level, and panelists answered questions from the audience and the field via Twitter (#CreatePathways).

If you are interested in the topic, but don't have the time yet to take the online course, we highly encourage you to watch the webcast. The webcast is uploaded to the LINCS YouTube channel in 6 parts with a run time of about an hour.

To view the webcast:



For those of you who continue to be interested in the topic of Integrating Career Counseling and Planning, the April 2013 issue of Adult Career Pathways (ACP) News, the e-newsletter of the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways project, featured the state of Texas and builds upon what Joanie Rethlake mentioned in the webcast (see my post above) and talks about how Texas took the Integrating Career Awareness (ICA) curriculum to scale. There is also a Q&A section in the newsletter with Beth Thompson, Assistant Director, Texas LEARNS. 

To read the newsletter, visit:

The Integrating Career Awareness curriculum can also be found in the LINCS Resource Collection:

I'll let Priyanka share more about the ICA curriculum for those who are unfamiliar with it.


What other resources have you been using to assist with integrating career counseling and planning in your state or program?

Although the whole Integrating Career Awareness (ICA) curriculum is available for download from the link above. If you want to take a look at the worksheets available within the curriculum, then please visit the handouts/ worksheets page for the ICA curriculum on the National College Transition Network website. LINK

The webpage include activities to be done online such as Career Exploration on the Internet or possible classroom activities such as College Vocabulary 101 quiz!

If you have used the ICA curriculum with your students, what are some of your favorite activities...

Here is a video link of what an adult educator has to say about how they use the curriculum -

~ Priyanka Sharma