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Making Skills Everyone's Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States - Seven strategies are proposed for improving conditions that create and perpetuate poor literacy, numeracy, and problem solving among adults. Based on shared responsibility, they include raising awareness; transforming opportunities to assess, improve and use skills; making career pathways available in every community; ensuring all students have access to highly effective teachers and programs; creating a "no wrong door approach;" engaging employers to support upskilling and committing to closing the equity gap. (U.S. Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, February 2015)...

National Foundation Skills Strategy For Adults - In November 2011, Australia's COAG Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) agreed to a National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults. The Strategy brings a national focus to improving education and employment outcomes for working age Australians with low levels of foundation skills (language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills). The Strategy is centered on the needs of the adult learner and includes four key priority areas for action, with agreed actions for each at the national, jurisdictional and systemic level. (SCOTESE, September 2012)...

A Smart Move in Tough Times: How SREB States Can Strengthen Adult Learning and the Work Force - More than 10 million working-age adults in the 16 SREB states never earned high school diplomas, yet enrollment of young adults in adult learning programs has dropped in recent years in the region. This new SREB report outlines SREB states’ status in adult learning and the steps that can lead to further education and higher-paying jobs for these adults. (SREB, August 2010)...

The Breaking Through Practice Guide - The Practice Guide has four components, each devoted to a “high leverage strategy” that community colleges and other programs can adopt to increase their success with low-skilled younger and older adults. The components are: (1) Accelerated learning; (2) Comprehensive support services; (3) Labor market payoffs; and (4) Aligning programs for low-skilled adults. Breaking Through is a collaboration between Jobs for the Future and the National Council for Workforce Education, an organization of community-college-based workforce-development leaders. (Jobs for the Future, Spring 2010)...

Recent Participation in Formal Learning Among Working-Age Adults With Different Levels of Education - One way for adults to overcome a lack of skills needed to succeed in the labor market is to participate in learning activities offered through the formal education system, at the workplace or by other organizations. This issue brief examines two aspects of the participation of adults in formal learning: the extent to which adults participate in different types of such activities and who pays the costs associated with this participation. (National Center for Education Statistics, January 2008) ...

Mounting Pressures Facing the U.S. Workforce and the Increasing Need For Adult Education and Literacy - This document consists primarily of 50 color graphs reflecting current data on international comparisons, demographic trends within the U.S., education achievement levels with particular attention to groups of low-level achievement, and other variables that NCHEMS believes calls for a dramatically expanded and more effective adult education and literacy enterprise in America. (Dennis Jones and Patrick Kelly, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, May 2007)...

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