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OCTAE’s Brief Report on “Making Skills Everyone’s Business”

I came across this brief report from OCTAE (Making Skills Everyone’s Business – A Call To Transform Adult Learning in the United States) and wanted to share it with you. The full report will publish in August 2014. I’ve noted the points in this article that stick out most to me below. As you’ll see, some of these points definitely need further thought and development. I hope you find it an interesting read!

Who Are the Low Skilled
Key Points Summary

  • The current federally funded adult education system reaches fewer than 2 million adults annually; but, estimates show there are 3 million adults ready to start improving their skills now and 36 million more adults who could benefit from it.
  •  Improving adult skills increases productivity and, among industrialized nations, countries with higher cognitive skills have substantially higher long-term economic growth.
  •  The promoting of career pathways is “an efficient and customer-centered approach to training and education …” This holistic practice utilizes contextualized instruction, a model found to be effective with low-skilled adult  learners.
  •  The current adult education system lacks the infrastructure to support teachers equitably across states and programs.  Greater investments are required for high-quality professional development.
  •  Almost two-thirds of the low-skilled population in the United States is employed. They are remarkably diverse in terms of learning backgrounds, earlier achievement gaps, and current literacy & language skills. We must also consider low-skilled adults with disabilities and chronic health issues
  •  Federal tax and federal-share incentives, such as incumbent worker training, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, unemployment insurance, work sharing, and more closely coordinated training programs, can be used to increase the foundation and technical skills of entry-level employees and new hires.
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