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Blending College Preparation and Career Development for Adult Students in New England

August 14, 2018

Silja Kallenbach, vice president at World Education and Sandy Goodman, director of World Education’s National College Transition Network, co-authored the article, "Blending College Preparation and Career Development for Adult Students in New England," that was featured in the special Career Pathways edition of the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Journal. This edition features articles by researchers, practitioners, and leaders in the field of adult education.

The article written by Silja and Sandy describes the Transition to College and Careers (TCC) Program, a 2-year project that addressed academic and non-academic barriers encountered by to college-going adult students. Findings from the research identified that "both students and staff reported that TCC program components had a tremendous impact on students' ability and confidence (i.e., self-efficacy) to tackle more challenging academic work and navigate college culture and systems. Students who entered TCC with slightly higher academic skills in math and language arts completed their coursework at a higher rate on average. The findings also indicate that while students were attending the TCC program, they benefited from the sense of community and the readily available support from staff and peers that the TCC programs provided."

World Education's National College Transition Network provides technical assistance and professional development services to community college, adult education, and workforce systems to design accelerated career pathways, comprehensive student support services, and effective multi-stakeholder partnerships that help adults earn a living wage.

Read the full article, Blending College Preparation and Career Development for Adult Students in New England.