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"Our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest, and that means opening doors of opportunity to everyone and recognizing that the American Dream excludes no one." ― Thomas Perez, Secretary of Labor

The following resources may be useful in planning and implementing career pathways programs and workforce preparation activities. They contain valuable information on the need for workplace-focused education and training, links to information on state and local workforce development activities, and resources for aligning workforce instruction to academic standards.


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College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education
These College and Career Standards have been developed to build stronger links between adult education, postsecondary education, and the world of work. This is a starting point for raising awareness and understanding of the critical skills and knowledge expected for success in colleges, technical training programs, and employment in the 21st century.

Elevate Virginia: Skills for Jobs and Business Growth
Based on a collaborative approach to delivering tailored workforce development solutions, Elevate Virginia focuses state and local leadership on regional labor demands and then engages the training capacity of school divisions, community colleges, workforce investment boards (WIBS), the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), one stop career centers, job developers, career coaches, community based organizations and a broad spectrum of supportive services to get Virginia’s citizens prepared for high-skilled, high-wage jobs.

Jobs for the Future
This useful website developed by Jobs for the Future, posts significant research and innovative programs for educational and economic advancement and provides links to other findings.

Making Skills Everyone’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States
Released by OCTAE in February, 2015, and grounded in evidence and informed by effective and emerging practices, this guide offers seven strategies that hold great promise for improving the conditions that create and perpetuate poor literacy, numeracy, and problem solving. These strategies do not distinguish between public and private obligation, nor do they compartmentalize actions at the federal, state, regional, tribal, or local levels. Instead, they are based on the principle of shared responsibility and acknowledge that America’s skills challenge is too large to address by any stakeholder group independently.

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