Productive citizens create wealth, pay more taxes, and increase social stability. Governments that invest in the education and health of their citizens always come out ahead. Its the best investment any government can make.
Are you unemployed, or underemployed? A dislocated worker? Are you an individual with little or no college? A returning veteran? Maybe you are a foreign-born U.S. resident? Or an ex-offenders?
The US government wants to help you reinvent yourself, and to help educators help you— to help educate citizens for a new start in life, a new career.
How? Its a series of educational programs called “Adult Career Pathways”.
The programs are designed to transform unemployed and underemployed citizens to compete for jobs and employment in the ever-changing world economy. It’s no secret that millions of unemployed and underemployed people are suffering from a lack of postsecondary education.
If you are an educator, Adult Career Pathways is your opportunity to seek government funding for your own programs. Community outreach and advancement are prime goals of the program.
The US Adult Career Pathways (ACP) model is an extension of Career Pathways that focuses on adult learners whose educational backgrounds are varied, whose need for support services is considerable, and whose lack of academic preparation for college-level work is often extensive.
Adult career pathways provide many benefits for the individuals participating, as well as the educational institutions, training providers and businesses involved in the programs.
The strategy for overcoming workforce barriers is to bring together selected industries, community services, government agencies, and community colleges to identify, enroll, educate, and prepare adults for high-demand career opportunities.
Adult Career Pathways programs are designed to address and remove barriers to participation and success. Essential program components include:
Many industries— even in this economy— need workers with fresh technical skills (and a solid academic foundation). Often, an associate degree (or approved technical certificate) is the minimum qualification for employment.
Contact your state and local labor offices to see which programs are available for you. Start one, enroll in one. But do something!
The future is here, now, the cutting-edge of your life. So why wait to reinvent yourself?
Educate, educate, educate!
NOTE: here are some good links for educators; and excellent inside information for potential learners—