ADVANCE Integrated Education and Training (IET)

Overview

The ADVANCE IET (Integrated Education & Training) project (2022–2025) is being conducted by the American Institutes for Research in partnership with World Education, Inc. and funded by the U.S. Department of Education (contract number GS-00F-347CA). The project started in September 2022 and runs through 2025.

The project provides training opportunities and resources to assist state adult education offices, professional development providers, and local program staff in enhancing and expanding IET programs for adult education participants through the following:

  • Two Basic IET Design Camp cohorts in spring and summer 2023
  • Five Advanced Design Camp cohorts in winter and spring 2024
  • Deployment of a National IET Coaching Cadre to provide customized and targeted state technical assistance
  • Curation and distribution of IET program and instructional resources
  • New IET video series documenting implementation strategies, promising program design, and specialized models that serve diverse learners in a variety of settings
  • Three new online self-paced IET courses

This effort builds on an earlier project, Increasing IET Opportunities for Adults project, which operated from 2019-2022. That project created the IET Design Toolkit and Train-the-Trainer resources to support the design and development of IET programs for adults. IET QUALITY INDICATORS are available for states and programs to review existing IET programs and plan new ones, identify priority areas for improvement over time, develop action plans to incorporate best practice strategies, and promote shared learning.

Background  

The nation’s economy and global competitiveness depend on an educated, skilled workforce that can quickly adapt to changes in technology and business processes. Adult educators understand that adult learners need opportunities to obtain workplace and career management skills through work-based learning experiences that prepare them for the complex future they face.

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has changed the landscape of adult education by focusing the field on workforce development outcomes and programming that support the integration of education and training and career pathways. Integrated Education and Training (IET) is an educational practice grounded in adult learning theory. IET programs help adults who lack basic skills, relevant occupational skills, and essential workplace skills to attain the competencies and credentials needed for in-demand careers.

The Increasing Integrated Education and Training Opportunities for Adults project (2019–2022) developed resources to assist state adult education offices, professional development providers, and local program staff in enhancing and expanding IET programs for adult education participants. The project built on prior investments by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) in developing career pathways for adults, including the Policy to Performance Toolkit (OCTAE, 2012)Career Pathways Planner (OCTAE, 2016), and Career Pathways Checklist (OCTAE, 2017).

Resources

IET Strategies in Action—6-part series providing adult educators with a snapshot view of the ways some IET programs have implemented IET models and practices that serve diverse student populations in a variety of settings.

Promising Practices for Integrated Education and Training Pathways to Postsecondary Education highlights promising practices for how IET providers can connect IET programs to credit-bearing credentials and pathways to associate degrees.

Promising Practices for Integrated Education and Training Programs That Serve Beginning-Level Learners describes how two strategies – bridge programs and stackable credentials – help beginning-level learners access and succeed in IET programs.

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