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Work-Related Adult Basic Education

 Adult education programs are often seen as  way to help adults get the skills, knowledge, ans connections they need for the world of work.   Adult learners typically enroll in programs because they want to either get a job, find a better job, hold onto their current job, or perform their job better.  Policy makers have also been pushing programs to focus on helping learners get or hold jobs.

 Adult education programs have developed a number of approaches to assessing learners’ work-related needs, tailoring curricula to those needs, and serving the work-related learning needs of both employed and unemployed adults.   Listed below are some Web sites containing needs assessment tools, curricula, evaluation methods, and other resources for work-related adult basic education. (Go to the “Advocacy” section elsewhere on the NJALL Web site for policy documents on work-related learning.)

 ABC CANADA (www.abc-canada.org/ ) :  This Canadian organization pioneered a collaborative approach to workplace education which involved stakeholders – including learners – in defining how basic skills fit into the larger mission and culture of the workplace.  Click on “Workplace Education” and “Our Publications.”

 ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education (www.ericacve.org) Click on Publications for a great collection of online resources for adult educators, including many articles and digests on work-related learning.

 Garden State Employment and Training Association (www.gseta.org ) . GSETA is a statewide professional organization for the directors and administrators of New Jersey's Service Delivery Areas, Workforce Investment Boards and other locally delivered employment and training initiatives.  "The Mission of GSETA is to promote leadership, knowledge and the advancement of  New Jersey's Workforce Readiness System and its professionals."  Adult educators are encouraged to participate in GSETA’s annual conference and other activities.

 National Adult Literacy Database (www.nald.ca/):  This Web site from Canada contains many documents on work-related basic skills.  Do a search for “workplace.”)

  National Institute for Literacy (www.nifl.gov ) :  The NIFL site includes the Equipped for the Future (EFF) standards, which focus on preparing adults for work, family, and citizenship roles, as well as a listserv and a special collection on work-related literacy.

System for Adult Basic Education Support (www.sabes.org ): This Web site of the resource center for adult educators in Massachusetts includes a number of publications from the Massachusetts Workplace Education Initiative, a national model for a statewide workplace education effort. (Do a search for “workplace” to find those documents.)

  Workforce Development Campus (www.wdc.jmu.edu): An on-line training program for workplace educators, hosted by James Madison University.

 Working for America (www.workingforamerica.org):  The site of the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute provides links to union education programs and other union-related information. Click on “publications” for how to order “Worker-Centered Learning: A Union Guide to Workplace Literacy.”

 Workplace Basic Skills Network of the United Kingdom (www.lancs.ac.uk/wbsnet): For a model of a well-organized national initiative to provide basic skills education in the workplace.

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