While 51% of Massachusetts adult education students are employed, most are in low-wage, poor-quality jobs without benefits, schedule stability, or opportunities for advancement. Statewide, unemployment rates are higher for adults with less education; for example, 15% of adults without a high school diploma are unemployed, compared to 9% of those with a diploma and some college.

In order to help learners access greater employment and economic opportunities as well as achieve the vision and outcomes of WIOA, AE programs need to infuse career pathways and next steps preparation into overall program design and communicate a culture of college and career readiness at every level and type of instruction.

The SABES Program Support PD Center offers PD, resources, and guidance to support career pathways program and service delivery on topics such as: promising IET and IELCE models; strengthening WIOA partnerships; integrating career awareness; identifying on-ramps to high demand industry sectors; and workplace education.

See below and in the Calendar and Resource Library for career pathways PD and resources.

Career Pathways: Upcoming Events

Come share and learn ideas for using digital learning tools and explore tools for assessing students’ digital literacy skills and...
Employer, workforce, and occupational training partners are key to implementing successful IET/ IELCE programs; however, getting them onboard can require...
Concurrent and contextualized instruction is a critical IET/IELCE component that requires a basic skills or English language instructor to align...

Career Pathways: Resources, Research and Curriculum

Research/Evidence-Based Practice College and Career Readiness: A Guide for Navigators
This document outlines the stages, steps, and standards that “navigators” (coaches, advisors) may follow in helping individuals strengthen their...
Research/Evidence-Based Practice Blending College Preparation and Career Development for Adult Students in New England
Drawing from a two-year demonstration project, this report outlines the factors and variables which lead to learner persistence and success in...
Research/Evidence-Based Practice College and Career Readiness Standards: Career Awareness Context
This resource is a checklist of the steps and stages a program may follow to help learners identify career interests and strengthen related skills....

Career Pathways: Our Team