Close working relationships between Integrated Education and Training (IET) and IET for Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) programs and their employer, workforce, and occupational training partners are key to successful recruiting and post-training transitions. During this three-hour workshop, practitioners and partners will explore and apply strategies for developing relationships and leveraging those relationships for recruitment and job placement. Participants will also develop an action plan for IET implementation that includes partner-related tasks. The focus of this session responds to the PD needs identified from a recent survey of current IET/IELCE program directors.
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
- IET/IELCE program teams that include external partners, such as MassHire Career Centers, MassHire Workforce Boards, and occupational skills training providers in addition to adult education directors, instructors, and advisors.
- Program directors and instructors who want to be strategic in building partnerships for an existing IET/IELCE.
IET and IELCE are important career pathway strategies for simultaneously building occupational skills, basic or English language skills, and workforce preparation skills allowed under WIOA. Building strong relationships between IET/IELCE programs and their training and workforce partners is key to successful student recruiting and successful transitions after the program. Collaboration between IET/IELCE programs and employer, workforce, and occupational training partners is also a way to make sure that programming incorporates real-world, relevant, and up-to-date knowledge and skills.
This session provides the guidance and tools needed to develop partnerships and leverage these partnerships for student recruitment and job placement. You will explore a resource guide to help you implement an IET/IELCE program: Developing Basic Skills Curriculum for an IET: A Guide for the Pathways to Employment Program. With guidance from the presenter and feedback from peers, you will work on an IET or IET/IELCE action plan that includes partnership development and relationship building.
We strongly suggest that IET/IELCE teams attend this session together, including any MassHire Career Center, Workforce Board, and workforce training providers. Here is what one IET director said about attending the session with their occupational skills provider last year:"It is important that all members of an IET or IELCE team (in our case basic skills instructor, Nurse Aide instructor, Advisor) work from a common framework and toward common objectives...Our team found that sharing some workshop time together to engage in shared, guided reflection was a great way to strengthen our program."
Please note: All are welcome to stay for the afternoon IET/IELCE session immediately following this one: Contextualizing and Integrating Curriculum for IET/IELCE Instruction (Register here)
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Assess the strength of partner relationships to implement IET/IELCE program
- Identify the essential ingredients for building partnerships to support IET/IELCE program
- Identify effective strategies to recruit participants
- Identify ways to help participants connect to employment and/or continue training
- Develop an action plan for your next IET/IELCE implementation steps
Prior to the session, participants will be sent a link and asked to complete a self-assessment of their capacity to implement IET/IELCE programs and develop the needed partner relationships.