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New webinar series focuses on community colleges

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​A new, free webinar series featuring the work of community colleges kicks off March 7 with a session on transforming adult education to help adults transition into college.

The webinars will gather experts from the field and local practitioners to discuss key challenges facing two-year colleges and to highlight promising practices and policies focused on increasing student success.

The U.S. Department of Education’s vocational and adult education office will host the series in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Community College Trustees.

Adult ed models

The March 7 webinar will feature Barbara Endel of Jobs for the Future (JFF), who will discuss JFF’s Accelerating Opportunity initiative. The initiative aims to scale up an adult education reform model that integrates adult basic education (ABE) and postsecondary occupational training. Judy Alamprese from Abt Associates will share findings from her recent study on transforming reading instruction in adult education programs to better prepare adult learners for the demands of college-level work. 

States focus on revamping adult basic education

The inaugural webinar will also highlight the work of LaGuardia Community College (New York) to build programs that ease the transition of students from ABE and GED programs to postsecondary education and training.

Registration information for the webinar will be available soon. Check the AACC website and social media for updates.

Future topics

Upcoming webinars this spring will focus on:

  • Promising community college correctional and reentry education work
  • The strengths and challenges of the U.S. postsecondary career and technical education system
  • The role of community colleges in career pathways systems
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