Minnesota Adult Basic Education
The Minnesota Adult Basic Education (ABE) delivery system of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides opportunities statewide for adults to acquire basic academic. The ABE system ultimately fulfills its mission by preparing individuals for jobs or, in many cases, for further education or training. It is uniformly agreed that the majority of in-demand and sustainable-living jobs require education or training beyond the basic academic skills. Therefore, the ABE system is responding to this critical need through the establishment of the following goals which will increase ABE program capacity for ABE clients to move seamlessly into post-secondary education and training programs.
The MDE-ABE Office will provide categorical funding ($400,000 est. for FY 2008) and consultative expertise to each ABE consortia (53) enabling them to:
Ø Establish and increase collaborations with their local post-secondary institutions in order to establish more continuity regarding student testing, curricula, and referral.
Ø Establish and increase partnership arrangements for co-locating free ABE services on campus at post-secondary institutions.
Ø Extend ABE content of instruction to ensure articulation with post-secondary entrance requirements and curricula. (e.g., transition classes)
Ø Integrate “schoolability” content (e.g. personal and study skills) into ABE classes that are needed for individuals to succeed in college or training programs.
Ø Implement career pathway projects (e.g., pre-CNA training) which link directly to post-secondary courses of study in high demand employment careers.
Ø Attend state and regional conferences, workshops and meetings that support the transition to post-secondary effort.
The MDE-ABE Office will work with MN State Colleges and Universities agency level staff to:
Ø Coordinate assessment practices between ABE and local MnSCU institutions. One example – allowing ABE programs to use Accuplacer to determine if students are ready to move on to their local institution and take college-level courses.
Ø Establish two-way client referral protocol that guides ABE providers and college entrance officials for making referrals to college or referrals to ABE programming.
Ø Identify other creative ways to collaborate in support of transitioning students. (e.g. -conferences, planning groups, joint initiative communications and marketing, etc.)
THE MDE-ABE Office will conduct the following activities in collaboration with the agencies and organizations that are committed to addressing statewide economic development goals through enhanced opportunities for individuals to transition into post-secondary education:
Ø Increase communications and explore new partnerships with DEED, MnSCU, the GWDC and others that lead to specific policy and operational actions in support of mutual transition to post-secondary goals.
Ø Participate in Joyce Foundation planning (through the GWDC) to incorporate ABE transition to post-secondary initiatives into future Joyce-supported actions.