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Creating Pathways to Higher Education and Workforce Development: Easy transitions from one level to the next.

Emerging consensus: there should be clear pathways towards – and into – post-secondary education and job training programs; along the way, there should be realistic milestones (ideally linked to wage or job “pay-offs”) at attainable intervals for learners of all levels; curriculum, professional development, and support services will need enhancing to support pathways.

How? Quotes lifted from survey responses:

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    I think helping students find a reasonable-to-navigate path from skill building to job ready is really important. Programs that have pre GED and certificate or workforce training programs at the same site seem to have something extra special to offer learners in terms of achieving goals. Workforce development is still too far apart from literacy classes for those who come into the system looking for work.

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      Far greater focus on transition to college.

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    Cooperation is needed between providers to move students on more smoothly.

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      The PRE GED program that serves as a viable bridge to secondary education.

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      Workplace-contextualized basic skills and ESL classes are needed.

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      Move to contextualize adult education classes and link with sector based strategies.

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      Connecting education to earnings that allow students to live and support families while they learn.

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      There’s a need for career guidance/exploration, pre-employment sector specific services and also a

need for more forums, ways to connect with employers and unions to discuss workforce development, access to entry level jobs and upgrading of incumbent workers.

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    In-depth basic skills assessments for new students. One dimensional exams are not good indicators.

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      Preparation for College and Career, not just passing the GED or just obtaining reading skills.

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      Recruit students with complimentary objectives.

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      A referral pipeline so that students are placed in the area they need, which may not necessarily be

where they think they belong.

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    Roadmap for what jobs/employment they are suited for at different points of literacy attainment.

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      People sometimes are left on their own after completion of program.

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