Educator & Administrator Resources
WorkReady U -- Adult Education -- providers are organizations with instructors delivering English language, math, reading, writing and workforce training instruction to help adult students acquire the skills needed to succeed in the workforce, earn a high school equivalency, and enter and succeed in college or workforce training. WorkReady U funds a wide variety of organizations to provide adult educaiton instruction and promote an increased opportunity for adult learners to transition to postsecondary education, training, or employment.
Individuals interested in becoming adult education instructors should contact the provider in your area. As an integral part of the workforce development system, WRU providers help adults obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency.
- College & Career Transitions
- Distance Learning
- Digital Literacy
- Community of Practice
WorkReady U and You is an online, self-paced introductory course to adult education with a specific focus on Louisiana’s WorkReady U (WRU) program. It is purposefully designed for both veteran and novice faculty and staff. Upon reviewing the objectives in each lesson, participants can then make the decision as to whether an in-depth or surface review of the material is needed based upon prior knowledge and comfort level. In addition to each module’s general content, best practice checklists, extension readings, and sample forms are typically available for those who would like to further explore the topic.
Onboarding Course Modules
- Program Overview
- Adult Learners
- The Enrollment Process
- Assessments & Accountability
- Goal Exploration
- Planning for Instruction
- Customer Service
- Performance Standards
WorkReady U, Louisiana's Adult Education Network, has adopted four sets of content standards to define the knowledge and skills adult students need to successfully transition to employment, post-secondary education or training, and/or increased engagement in the community. These content standards define the content domain of instruction in adult education classrooms and programs across the state. All WorkReady U programs are expected to incorporate these content standards into their programming at all levels.
College & Career Transitions
WorkReady U programs employ a variety of approaches aimed at helping adult learners successfully transition into postsecondary education and training or directly into careers.
Integrated Education & Training
IET is adult education and literacy, workforce preparation, and workforce training “each of sufficient intensity and quality, and based on the most rigorous research available, especially with respect to improving reading, writing, mathematics, and English proficiency of eligible individuals” that “occur simultaneously,” “use occupationally relevant instructional materials,” and are “organized to function cooperatively” with “a single set of learning outcomes.” IET represents a wide spectrum of services to build foundational, employability, and occupational skills.
Industry Recognized Certifications
WorkReady U programs are encouraged to build programming and opportunities for learners to earn quality, career pathway aligned IBCs. What is an IBC? An Industry-Based Certification is an independent third party credential that is industry-accepted and results from a process whereby an individual's knowledge and/or skill in a particular area is verified against a set of pre-determined standards. IBCs include both technical skills and workplace skills. Adult learners who earn IBCs have a real advantage when applying for entry-level jobs in high-demand careers. IBCs have “employability value” – IBCs help students attain jobs in industries that promise high-paying careers. Different IBCs in different industry have different requirements. What all industry-based credentials share is the respect that industry executives have for the skills that students demonstrate when they earn an IBC.
Adult Career Pathways
Adult career pathways prepare unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated workers for jobs by offering flexible services that lead individuals to an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, an industry recognized credential or certificate, and ultimately, employment within a specific occupational industry. Adult career pathways integrate multiple levels of education, including adult literacy, adult basic education, HSE instruction, and English language acquisition with postsecondary education and training. Education, workforce, and support services are connected so that instruction and support are integrated and available as individuals progress along the pathway.
Adult Career Pathway Elements
- An intensive prep stage designed to prepare participants for job entry and postsecondary study
- Industry-focused curriculum that prepares participants for employment and career advancement
- A multi-step career ladder that begins with job-entry skills and concludes with advanced technical skills
- Partnerships with community and government agencies that can supply resources to participants to overcome personal issues that might impede study and/or employment
- Part-time employment in appropriate positions upon completion of the prep stage
- Personal and academic support services essential to student success
Distance education is a formal learning activity where students and instructors are separated by geography, time, or both for the majority of the instructional period. Distance learning materials are delivered through a variety of media including, but not limited to, print, audio recording, videotape, broadcasts, computer software, web-based programs, and other online technology. Teachers support distance learners through communication via mail, telephone, email, or online technologies and software.
Distance education curricular resources must be reviewed and approved for use by WorkReady U staff. Proxy hours must be recorded and reported using the method indicated for each curricula/product below.
Distance Learning Resources
An essential component of a high-quality adult education program is the integration of digital literacy into curriculum and instruction. WorkReady U requires all programs to support the digital literacy development of students at every class level.
Digital literacy can be defined as the skills associated with using technology to enable users to find, evaluate, organize, create, and communicate information. The integration of digital literacy into curriculum and instruction is required to provide opportunities for students to explore, experiment, and develop expertise using real-world applications for digital literacy while building their academic skills. Programs should incorporate myriad tools and technologies into the classroom to support learning.
Digital Literacy Resources
- Northstar Digital Literacy Standards
- Teaching Skills That Matter: Digital Literacy
- SkillRise: An ISTE Initiative
- International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards
- Maryland Digital Literacy Framework
- Digital US — Report from 2020
WorkReady U has organized three online communities of practice -- faculty & staff, administrators, and data managers & specialists -- for the purpose of collaboration and communication. Each community of practice has a message board for theme based discussions and content, a chat center, file and resource sharing capabilities, and a shared calendar for events. Contact Adrienne Fontenot -- [email protected] -- if you would like to join one of these communities of practice.
WorkReady U -- Louisiana's Comprehensive Adult Education System -- is governed by the Louisiana Community & Technical College System's Board of Supervisors. All policies established by WorkReady U must have LCTCS Board approval. All LCTCS policies can be viewed here -- https://www.lctcs.edu/policies -- but WorkReady U policies are also listed below.
WOrkready u Policies
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act with a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system since 1998.
Grant management is the administrative work and process that goes into accessing and fulfilling the requirements of receiving Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) funding through WorkReady U -- Louisiana's comprehensive adult education network. There’s a significant amount of organization involved that can be improved by helpful management methods and tools. Grants are basically contracts, and this contract stipulates the grant agreement – or the intended use of funds, implementation procedures, reporting requirements, and timelines. Effective grant management ensures that all parties follow-through on these conditions.
GRANT MANAGEMENT RESOURCES
WorkReady U | Adult Education Providers
As required under WIOA, Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), WorkReady U (WRU) must conduct a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP), Grant Application, process to award multi-year funding to eligible agencies authorized under Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014: Title II; the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) and State Adult Education funds. Administration and funding of State funds to adult education is authorized in Louisiana under L.R.S., 17:1871 and 17:3217.
The current grant cycle is July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2025. A new competition will be held to begin the new grant cycle beginning July 1, 2025. Announcements of the competitive request for proposal will be posted on our website www.lctcs.edu/rfp and will also be posted in newspapers across the state. Organizations interested in providing adult education services should consider partnering with current WorkReady U providers until the next grant cycle.
Local Education Agency Monitored HiSET Providers
Local Education Agencies (LEA) as school systems can operated locally monitored high school equivalency/HiSET programming for students still enrolled in K-12 public education. LEA monitored HiSET Programs are not considered under the governance of the LCTCS or WorkReady U because students are still enrolled in K-12 education; however, these programs must be approved by LCTCS/WRU to authorize underage students to take the HiSET exam. LEAs interested in running a locally monitored HiSET program must complete the Certification of Exiting Pathway Program in Local Education Agency Form and email to [email protected]. This form must be resubmitted each year to continue the approval process.
HiSET Test Center Management
LCTCS/WorkReady U authorized HiSET test centers are run through our AEFLA federally funded programs.
AEFLA federally funded programs may become a test center by completing one of the forms below and emailing it to [email protected].
There are many federal and state regualtions that govern student eligibility for WorkReady U adult education programs.
- Students must be 18 years of age or older to enroll in an adult education program.
- Students 16-17 years of age may enroll in an adult education program only if they have exited K-12 education with a signed waiver from the local superintendent for the child to exit school to enroll and attend an adult education program approved by the Board of Supervisors of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS).
WorkReady U Events Calendar
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