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Integrating Career Development in Adult Education

November is National Career Development Month. Career is defined as an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress. The dictionary definition of development is:  growing or causing to grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate. Adult education programs are required to offer career development and readiness skills for good reason. Many adults seek educational opportunities to enable them to leave low-paying jobs and grow into careers that pay a living wage. Calculate living wages across the U.S. 

If you are looking for great resources to incorporate more career development into your instructional activities or need comprehensive lessons to “change it up,” check out this complete curriculum guide! Created by adult education and college transition professionals in Massachusetts and piloted in the Northeast, this guide contains a multitude of resources needed to successfully implement career development into adult education programs. This guide includes numerous lessons that can be used in offline environments which may be especially helpful to instructors working in corrections.  

These resources for designing career pathway connections into adult education programming can be found on the Kentucky Adult Education website. If your learners are interested in statistics to compare career outcomes and values of certifications or degrees, visit Georgetown University’s Craft Your Career site. Workplace Essential Skills from KET Adult Education provides basic math and language arts instruction contextualized within modern, high-demand workspaces. There is also a soft skills section of this affordable online course. Sign up for a free two-week trial today