Presentation on theme: "Transforming Michigans Adult Learning Infrastructure Then and Now Presentation to the Maryland Workforce Creation and Adult Education Transition Council."— Presentation transcript:
Transforming Michigans Adult Learning Infrastructure Then and Now Presentation to the Maryland Workforce Creation and Adult Education Transition Council October 7, 2008 Corporation for a Skilled Workforce.
Michigans move of ABE to Jobs Commission – Missed Opportunity Happened over 10 years ago Part of creation of new super agency – many programs moved. Programs under new roof but same mandates and no change in processes or integration. Funding decreased over years – no political support for siloed program or for how funds were used.
Michigans current adult learning initiative Adult learning crucial part of Michigans economic transformation strategy to create a high skilled, high wage economy. No Worker Left Behind, Governor Granholms signature initiative – free post-secondary training for large portion of population. Empty promise for many with low basic skills – thus the adult learning initiative. Basic skills development now becoming part of all workforce activities – Rapid Response, Trade Act, TANF, WIA Title I.
Michigans Strategy Charge: Develop a strategy and initiative that bridges basic skills development into ongoing post-secondary education Created Adult Learning Work Group Looked at data from a range of sources Held 7 regional forums to get input Defined strategic intent and guiding principles Vision adopted by Council for Labor and Economic Growth
No HSD 692,101 English Less than Very Well 239,128 Low wages (<$15.45) and no PSE 1,153,040 372,414 239,80041,568 38,322 839,528 123,85135,390 1,690,870 Michigan Working-Age Adults (18-64) Need Improved Basic Skills, 2006 Percent of the total working-age adults (5,041,710): 34% Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey (Public Use Microdata Samples)
Startling scale of need 44% of Michigan adults are at low literacy, even many with credentials Low basic skills equate to low wages 60% who want to attend a community college need basic remediation first Low enrollment in adult basic education programs
Strategic Intent One out of three Michigan workers lacks the basic skills or credentials to attain family- sustaining jobs and contribute to the states economy. If Michigan does not address this crisis, our states ability to prosper in the future will be severely hampered. It is imperative to transform Michigans adult learning infrastructure to connect these adults to continuing education, hard and soft skills, and careers in our ever- changing economy.
The impact of transformation Higher personal incomes Higher rates of citizenship and civic engagement Higher levels of educational achievement for future generations Higher levels of fiscal contribution Higher levels of readiness for careers in the new economy
Moving to implementation Adult Learning Work Group identifying promising practices and mechanisms for implementing transformation Presenting policy recommendations/ implementation plan to Council for Labor and Economic Growth (CLEG) in December Moving forward with implementation upon adoption by CLEG
Challenges Thinking and aligning workforce and education as an adult learning system Tremendous scale of need Regional factors require sensitivity and flexible policies