Adult Career Pathways from Coast-to-Coast

Building an Adult Career Pathways Community: A Note from the ACP-SC Community Manager

Photo of Jacob MullinJacob Mullin

ACP-SC Community Manager

Online communities are becoming more and more common in personal and professional life—take Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, for example. While those communities focus on social networking, the Adult Career Pathways (ACP) online community brings together adult education practitioners to enable them to find high-quality professional development and resources as well as to collaborate with experts in career pathways.

The ACP Community offers something for everyone in the field of adult education. Members can take an online course to learn at their own pace about developing instruction or other aspects of career pathways programs; participate in online forums by posting questions, comments, or making announcements; and get the latest happenings in career pathways through regular blog posts, newsletters, and events. By becoming a member of this completely free online community, all of these features and more are available at the tip of your fingers.

My personal favorite reason for being an ACP Community member is that I am constantly learning more about career pathways right alongside the currently over 1,600 other users. I often have questions and know in the community those questions can be answered through resources, courses, or just by posting them in the forums for the community content expert or another community member to respond with ideas or answers. As the community manager and a former teacher, I enjoy engaging with others to find solutions for challenging situations and locating resources to answer questions. So feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns so together we can fully harness the potential of the community.

Join the Community today!


Jacob Mullin
ACP-SC Community Manager


Continuing to Move Forward in 2013: Upcoming Learning Opportunities and Events

American Association of Community Colleges Workforce Development Institute

San Diego, CA
January 30-February 2, 2013


National Association of Workforce Boards Forum

Washington, DC
March 8-12, 2013


Commission on Adult Basic Education Conference

New Orleans, LA
March 24-28, 2013


Mountain Plains Adult Education Association Conference

Cheyenne, WY
April 10-12, 2013


American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention

San Francisco, CA
April 20-23, 2013

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Adult Career Pathways Training and Support Center Special Edition: A Year on the Right Path

Over two years ago, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education funded the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways (DICP) Initiative, recognizing that adult education and training should be sector-specific and aligned to local workforce development needs. The Adult Career Pathways Training and Support Center was developed as part of this initiative to provide adult education practitioners with unlimited access to a robust collection of instructional resources, implementation strategies, best practices, research, online courses, and other tools as well as collaborative peer learning opportunities and resource-sharing. This special edition of ACP News highlights some of the achievements of the past year as well as a sneak peek at what can be expected in 2013!

At the start of 2012, the ACP-SC Community launched with about 25 members. Today, there are over 1,600 regular visitors who read and engage in the forums and other community activities. Read the note in this newsletter from the ACP-SC Community Manager Jacob Mullin to learn how ACP-SC has and will continue to grow and support this unique online learning community.

By building an online community of Adult Career Pathway practitioners, ACP-SC is supporting interactive collaboration and engagement between users that expands upon the website’s numerous professional development opportunities such as the webcasts, online courses, regional trainings, issue briefs, and downloadable resources.

Webcast Panel

(From right to left) ACP-SC Webcast Series Presents: Developing Effective Bridge Programs panelist Christopher Coro, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy, Donald McCoy, K-to-College STEM Education Consultant, Thomas DuBois, Director of New Initiatives, Instituto del Progreso Latino, and Michelle Carson, Deputy Project Director, Kratos Learning.

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Ann-Claire Anderson, Center for Occupational Research and Development, facilitates a regional workshop for teachers at the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning 2012 Conference.

This past year ACP-SC developed two new self-paced online courses that provide “how- to” instruction around key areas for developing and implementing Adult Career Pathways systems. Companion webcasts to the Building Strategic Partnerships and Developing Effective Bridge Programs courses feature experts in the field expanding on the courses’ content. Watch the previously recorded webcasts online. We invite you to participate in this year’s live upcoming webcasts.

Also in the new year, take your state or region’s career pathways professional development further with an ACP-SC regional training workshop. In 2012, ACP-SC started offering regional workshops on Designing Contextualized Instruction for Career Pathways. Based on the positive feedback from these trainings, ACP-SC will continue offering this opportunity to interested states and regional associations.

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I-Fang Cheng, Education Analyst, Kratos Learning at the ACP-SC booth during the 2012 COABE conference.

The content of the training materials is designed to custom fit the needs of participants at every stage of Adult Career Pathways program development or implementation. As states implement and strengthen their Adult Career Pathway programs, many have lessons, resources, and outcomes to share that are useful to teachers and program administrators. Learn more about the Adult Career Pathway activities happening in other states in the ACP-SC State Spotlights in Review article in this newsletter.

Moving into this year, ACP-SC will continue to add new resources and tools that support the field. This newsletter highlights some of them and lays the roadmap for the year to come. Please continue to take the ACP journey with us.

For more about upcoming ACP-SC activities and offerings in 2013, email

ACP-SC State Spotlights in Review

Throughout the year, ACP News focuses on the emergence and progress of career pathways systems in states across the country. Here is a look back at states we focused on in 2012:


Kansas is in the midst of an implementation grant as part of the Accelerating Opportunity initiative with nine Kansas community and technical colleges engaged in Accelerating Opportunity: Kansas (or AO-K, for short). AO-K uses an integrated education and training career pathways model to deliver career and technical education with adult basic skills instruction, keying off the successful I-BEST model created in Washington State. The state’s goal is to scale the AO-K model to all 26 community and technical colleges in Kansas. Click here to read more about Kansas’ efforts.


As a participant in Jobs for the Future’s demonstration project, Accelerating Opportunity, Kentucky’s vision is to implement a collaborative career pathways model that prepares students to be college and career ready. The initiative seeks to reform how education is delivered to lower-skilled adults by integrating basic skills education with technical training. Accelerating Opportunity was launched at eight of Kentucky’s 16 community and technical colleges in January 2012 with the goal to expand the initiative to all 16 by the end of the three-year initiative. Click here to read more about Kentucky’s efforts.


Minnesota's FastTRAC (Training, Resources, and Credentialing) Adult Career Pathways program is a statewide partnership of Adult Basic Education (ABE), workforce development, and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) systems, including non-profits and human services. Focused on improving outcomes for low-wage, lower-skilled adults through a career pathways approach, Minnesota’s vision is that every two-year MnSCU institution will have one or more FastTRAC Adult Career Pathways programs leading to certification in high-growth, high-demand occupations. Click here to read more about Minnesota’s FastTRAC efforts.


Montana developed the Personalized Employment Plan (PEP Talk) that connects adult learners with information, resources, and personalized support to develop long-term employment plans. PEP Talk helps adult learners set long-term goals supported by realistic plans to achieve them and programs across the state are sharing their success stories of PEP Talk implementation. Click here to read more about Montana’s PEP Talk.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Community College System, has made Accelerating Opportunity—including North Carolina’s own integrated pathway program, Basic Skills Plus—a top priority for 2012. North Carolina’s scale-up strategy for Accelerating Opportunity involves all 58 community colleges in the state. Click here to read more about North Carolina’s efforts.


Numerous career pathways initiatives emerged to serve target populations in the state of Virginia. The career pathways system became the principal model for workforce development in Virginia, bringing together nine state agencies with responsibilities for administering federal and state-funded career and technical education and workforce development programs. Click here to read more about Virginia’s efforts.

Look for highlights from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New York, and others in 2013!


Top Ten Most Downloaded Resources from 2012

With almost 200 instructional, professional development, and support services resources, the ACP-SC Resource Center makes available some of the best resources supporting the development, implementation, and continuation of Adult Career Pathway systems. This large scale effort could not have been accomplished without support from dedicated practitioners like yourself. Check out the top ten most downloaded resources from 2012 available in the Resource Center. Thank you to everyone who submitted a resource this year and please continue to help us grow the collection in 2013.

  1. “No Limits” Health Care Communication Skills Curriculum
  2. “No Limits” Food Management Curriculum
  3. Career Awareness Lesson Plans – ABE/ASE: based on the Integrating Career Awareness Guide
  4. Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century
  5. Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE & ESOL Classroom
  6. Contextualization Toolkit: A Tool for Helping Low-Skilled Adults Gain Postsecondary Success
  7. Adult College Completion Toolkit
  8. Career Awareness Lesson Plans – Low-Level ABE/ESL: based on the Integrating Career Awareness Guide
  9. GED Beyond the Basics: Resource Guide and Lesson Plans
  10. Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success – Element Three: Design Education and Training Programs
BOTA Report
Breaking Trhough Context Toolkit
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Book Cover - Adult College Completion Tool Kit

Just this last quarter over 25 new resources were added to the ACP-SC Resource Center—have a look!

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Disclaimer: The Adult Career Pathways (ACP) News is a publication of the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways (DICP) initiative and was produced by Kratos Learning, in partnership with the Center for Occupational Research and Development, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education should be inferred. This document is in the public domain and may be reproduced without permission.