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Career Pathways

Career pathways is an important component of both workforce development and access to postsecondary education. At the state and local levels, adult education programs, state agencies, government organizations, community colleges, training providers, and employers are working to develop new strategies to fill the need for a more highly educated and currently trained workforce. Under WIOA, career pathways systems are required components of adult education within a statewide workforce system.

PluggedIn VA

A program that prepares adult learners for successful transitions into high-demand careers and postsecondary education and training.

Partnerships (PL)

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IET

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CTA Pair 1

First Course

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Date: July 28, 2021

Second Course

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CTA Pair 2

First Course

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Second Course

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Online Courses

Foundations of Reading: Meaning Skills

6 weeks | 24 hours

How can you help your learners build vocabulary, without rote memorization, and improve reading comprehension through contextualized lessons? No matter what level learner you work with, this course will help you learn how to weave vocabulary and comprehension skills into any lesson. Participants in this course will leave with useful resources, a deeper understanding of vocabulary and comprehension skills, and experience contextualizing these skills into lessons. This course complements Foundations of Reading: Print Skills; however, the Print Skills online course is not a prerequisite for this course.

In this course, we will be using Google Docs which is now part of the cloud-based file storage system Google Drive. There are several reasons to use Google Docs in our online courses:

  • The ability to collaborate on documents.
  • The ability to access these documents readily once the course is complete and Blackboard is closed.
  • The opportunity to become familiar with and practice using Google tools that can be used with learners in your classroom.

Opening a Google Account

In order to participate, you need a Google account. It will be helpful to set up your Google account before the Foundations of Reading: Meaning Skills course begins.

GCFLearnFree provides excellent instructions on opening a free Google account. (Note: if you use Gmail, you already have a Google account.) Whether your account is new or old, be sure to check that you remember your username and password!

Course Expectations:

Taking an online course requires a time commitment, internet access, and weekly participation. Please refer to the course syllabus before signing up for an online course. The syllabus covers the course schedule, outline, and requirements. In order to receive a certificate of completion, learners must submit all assignments on time. Learners that do not post for more than one week at any time during the course or who fall more than one week behind in their assignments, may be removed from the course and will be placed on “waiting list only” status for future online courses.

Preview the course syllabus.

Foundations of Reading: Print Skills

6 weeks | 24 hours
Did you know many adult learners, even those who can read and comprehend at higher levels, struggle with alphabetic skills and fluency? No matter what level learner you work with, this course will provide you with information about and strategies to help you incorporate alphabetic skills and fluency into your lessons. Participants in this course will leave with useful resources, a deeper understanding of how alphabetic skills and fluency affect comprehension, and experience contextualizing these skills into lessons. This course complements Foundations of Reading: Meaning Skills.
In this course, we will be using Google Docs which is now part of the cloud-based file storage system Google Drive. There are several reasons to use Google Docs in our online courses:
the ability to collaborate on documents
the ability to access these documents readily once the course is complete and Blackboard is closed
the opportunity to become familiar with and practice using Google tools that can be used with learners in your classroom
Opening a Google Account
In order to participate, you need a Google account. It will be helpful to set up your Google account before the Foundations of Reading: Print Skills course begins.
GCFLearnFree provides excellent instructions on opening a free Google account. (Note: if you use Gmail, you already have a Google account.) Whether your account is new or old, be sure to check that you remember your username and password!
Course Expectations:
Taking an online course requires a time commitment, internet access, and weekly participation. Please refer to the course syllabus before signing up for an online course. The syllabus covers the course schedule, outline, and requirements. In order to receive a certificate of completion, learners must submit all assignments on time. Learners that do not post for more than one week at any time during the course or who fall more than one week behind in their assignments, may be removed from the course and will be placed on “waiting list only” status for future online courses.

Preview the course syllabus.

This course is available to out-of-state participants for a fee of $175. To begin the registration process for out-of-state participants, please send an email to valrccourses@vcu.edu.

Professional Learning Communities

PLC on Improving Reading Instruction in Meaning Skills

6 weeks | 27 hours

Registration is now open for this course.

*Note: This PLC has the same information as Fourndations of Reading: Meaning Skills; it is just presented in a slightly different manner.

How can you help your learners build vocabulary, without rote memorization, and improve reading comprehension through contextualized lessons? No matter what level learner you work with, this PLC will help you learn how to weave vocabulary and comprehension skills into any lesson. This PLC complements Print Skills; however, Print Skills is not a prerequisite for this course. This PLC will be a blend of online learning and virtual meetings. Throughout the PLC, participants will:

  • collaborate with others to improve lessons
  • gather useful resources
  • gain a deeper understanding of the importance of vocabulary and comprehension
  • learn how to contextualize these skills in their lessons

The requirements for this PLC are slightly different than other online courses offered through the VALRC. Because this is a PLC, participants will be required to attend a virtual meeting each week where the group will discuss the weekly content and assignments. It is expected that participants will complete the weekly coursework prior to the PLC meeting in order to maximize the time together and have rich discussions about the content.

The virtual meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Opening a Google Account

In this PLC, we will be using Google Docs, which is now part of the cloud-based file storage system Google Drive. There are several reasons to use Google Docs in our PLC:

  • the ability to collaborate on documents
  • the ability to access these documents readily once the PLC is complete and Blackboard is closed
  • the opportunity to become familiar with and practice using Google tools that can be used with learners in your classroom

In order to participate, you need a Google account. It will be helpful to set up your Google account before the PLC on Improving Reading Instruction in Print Skills begins.

GCFLearnFree provides excellent instructions on opening a free Google account. (Note: if you use Gmail, you already have a Google account.) Whether your account is new or old, be sure to check that you remember your username and password!

Completion of the PLC is designed to require approximately four and a half hours a week (for a total of 27 hours over 6 weeks). However, you may find that you want to spend longer with some topics.

In order to receive the certificate for participating in the PLC on Improving Reading Instruction in Print Skills, you must complete all assignments and attend the virtual PLC meeting each week.

Remember that, although you will gain from doing the activities, you will learn most from discussions with your colleagues and facilitator. To keep our discussions as productive as possible, you must stay within the timeframe outlined for this PLC.

Preview the course syllabus.

PLC on Improving Instruction in Print Skills

6 weeks | 27 hours

*Note: This PLC has the same information as Fourndations of Reading: Print Skills; it is just presented in a slightly different manner.

The first step in helping learners improve their reading is to help them strengthen their print skills, which consists of alphabetics and fluency. Did you know that many adult learners, even those who can read and comprehend at higher levels, struggle with these skills? No matter what level learner you work with, this PLC will provide you with information about and strategies to help you incorporate alphabetic skills and fluency into your lessons. This PLC will be a blend of online learning and virtual meetings. Throughout the PLC, participants will:

  • collaborate with others to improve lessons
  • gather useful resources
  • gain a deeper understanding of how alphabetic skills and fluency affect comprehension
  • learn how to contextualize these skills in their lessons

Opening a Google Account

In this PLC, we will be using Google Docs, which is now part of the cloud-based file storage system Google Drive. There are several reasons to use Google Docs in our PLC:

  • the ability to collaborate on documents
  • the ability to access these documents readily once the PLC is complete and Blackboard is closed
  • the opportunity to become familiar with and practice using Google tools that can be used with learners in your classroom

In order to participate, you need a Google account. It will be helpful to set up your Google account before the PLC on Improving Reading Instruction in Print Skills begins.

GCFLearnFree provides excellent instructions on opening a free Google account. (Note: if you use Gmail, you already have a Google account.) Whether your account is new or old, be sure to check that you remember your username and password!

Completion of the PLC is designed to require approximately four and a half hours a week (for a total of 27 hours over 6 weeks). However, you may find that you want to spend longer with some topics.

In order to receive the certificate for participating in the PLC on Improving Reading Instruction in Print Skills, you must complete all assignments and attend the virtual PLC meeting each week.

Remember that, although you will gain from doing the activities, you will learn most from discussions with your colleagues and facilitator. To keep our discussions as productive as possible, you must stay within the timeframe outlined for this PLC.

Preview the course syllabus.