Compendium of Innovative Practices: Adult Education Bridge Programs and Integrated Education and Training (IET) Programs
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) funded Manhattan Strategy Group and Abt Associates to conduct the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project. The goal is to inspire and promote the development and use of innovative approaches in adult education that can result in high quality services and positive outcomes for adult learners.
The five adult education practices highlighted in this report provide integrated education and training program as well as bridge services that support adults’ development of the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to enroll and be successful in postsecondary education or occupational training, earn short-term credentials, and obtain employment. The programs, which are part of local school districts, have developed strong partnerships with a range of stakeholders, including community and technical colleges, universities, workforce development providers, and employers.