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Building Transitions Between Adult Basic Education and MnSCU Postsecondary Education MN FastTRAC Adult Career Pathway Convening Todd Wagner and Pakou Yang.

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1 Building Transitions Between Adult Basic Education and MnSCU Postsecondary Education MN FastTRAC Adult Career Pathway Convening Todd Wagner and Pakou Yang Minnesota Department of Education Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Fall 2014 description/information, including author and date “Leading for educational excellence and equity. Every day for every one.”

2 Overview of Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) Importance of our collaborative relationship and work Presentation Outcomes 2

3 The mission of Adult Basic Education in Minnesota is to provide adults with educational opportunities to acquire and improve their literacy skills necessary to become self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members, and citizens. Adult Basic Education (ABE) 3

4 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU)

5 Birth-School-Work-Retirement Pathway SUPPORT SYSTEMS MFIP ABE/GED ACP/FastTRAC WORKFORCE PROGRAMS

6 MnSCU College Credit 8.0 Grade Level Equivalent Pre-Literacy Diploma/GED

7 MnSCU College Credit 8.0 Grade Level Equivalent Pre-Literacy Diploma/GED SERVSAFE CDL WELDING PHLEBOTOMY+

8 MnSCU College Credit 8.0 Grade Level Equivalent Pre-Literacy Diploma/GED MEDICAL CODING & BILLING ASSOCIATES DEGREE+

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10 Minnesota needs more post-secondary credentialed workers to compete globally

11 There continues to be a gap between the needs of employers and the skills of Minnesotans 11 SOURCE: DEED Report, Hiring Difficulties in Minnesota, 2012 Only skills mismatches 33% Only demand issues 13% A mix of skills mismatches and demand issues 54% Factors Perceived by Employers as Contributing to Hiring Difficulties All Vacancies, Spring 2012

12 Minnesota’s traditional educational pipeline needs to improve 12 SOURCE: Governor’s Workforce Development Council, 2014 The high school achievement gap leads to employment disparities. In fact, the Twin Cities metro is home to the country’s largest racial employment disparity:the country’s largest racial employment disparity From 2000 to 2010, minorities accounted for more than 80% of Minnesota’s population growth. more than 80% of Minnesota’s population growth As Minnesota continues to become increasingly diverse, the ill effects of the achievement gap grow greater. 1 in 4 students successfully navigates the traditional pathway to complete their education

13 Many adults need education and training to skill up and find a promising career 13 Tomorrow’s Workforce In twenty years, Minnesota’s labor force will be made up of largely the same individuals as now: SOURCE: Governor’s Workforce Development Council, 2014 Educational Attainment Among Minnesotans ages 25-64, nearly half lack a postsecondary degree.

14 Minnesota’s economy is growing and needs skilled workers 14 Source: Star Tribune, September 18, 2014

15 Requires states to strategically align workforce development programs Fosters regional collaboration Provides access to high quality training –Use career pathways to provide education and employment and training assistance Changes in WIOA impacting our work 15

16 Career & Postsecondary Education Plans Offer robust career and post-secondary education planning beginning no later than grade 9 Align Assessments Align assessment in secondary education to college and career readiness standards Expand College Credit Opportunities Expand opportunities for students who are college ready in high school to access early college credit venues Targeted Interventions If students are not on track to being college ready in high school, work with local districts on providing targeted remediation in high school or ABE to waive developmental in higher education Legislation calls for improving the secondary to postsecondary outcomes of all students 16

17 Our Collective Work: MN FastTRAC 17

18 MDE and secondary: –11 th graders required to take nationally normed college entrance exam (ACT) –8 th and 10 th graders required to take college ready predictive test aligned to college entrance exam (EXPLORE and PLAN) –10 th graders not on track to reaching benchmarks required to take college placement diagnostic aligned with MnSCU –MnSCU adoption of ACT benchmarks MnSCU college placement test ABE alignment with college placement diagnostics Our Collective Work: Alignment of assessment

19 : Shared Learner Outcomes Committees in developmental education (English, Mathematics, Reading, English as a Second Language) –Determine competencies to college level in content –Transferability among our own colleges and universities in developmental education –Engage K-12 and ABE practitioners to inform targeted interventions Our Collective Work: Targeted interventions

20 MnSCU institutions implementing national best practice models –Multiple measures in assessment placement –Mandatory orientation –Required academic support –Intentional advising –First year experience –Learning communities –Supplemental instruction/Tutors Linked to Courses –Statway/Quantway –Accelerated learning programs (co-requisite models) Partnerships between MnSCU institutions and ABE Our Collective Work: Developmental Education Redesign

21 Contact Information Todd Wagner State Director Adult Basic Education Minnesota Department of Education Pakou Yang Interim System Director of P20 and College Readiness Minnesota State Colleges and Universities


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