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Led by Coalition on Adult Basic Education and SkillsUSA, Behind Every Employer strategically connects companies with educational leaders across the country to provide solutions for the workforce talent challenges they face both today and in the future.

Workforce Badge Series

COABE is providing a workforce badge series to help local programs understand, create and implement the best workplace literacy program! We know that employers and our participants know that adult education is a critical key to helping achieve success. Completing the series will help your team build the best workplace literacy program!

What You Will Explore

  • WIOA 101: Demystifying the system
  • Building an IET, IELCE, and IBEST program
  • Apprenticeships in adult education
  • The role of a Career Path Navigator
  • How to partner with trainers
  • How to talk to employers
  • How to help ELL participants transition to employment
  • How to find funds or leverage funds to provide workforce programming

Training Descriptions

WIOA 101: Demystifying the System

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) was created to align and improve employment, training and education through all the Titles. This workshop goes in depth of all the Workforce Development Boards, Funding, and all the programs included in WIOA Title I, Title II and Title IV. Leveraging and understanding the purpose of these titles will help you in planning and supporting your participants career pathway development.

Building an IET, IELCE and IBest Program

Creating programs that are impactful for participants that are in need of upskilling their math and reading skills while training is critical while moving in their career path. These research based models have been successful with participants, with the trainer and in adult education programs. This workshop takes a deep dive in the models and gives you the tools to help you understand the components and to start building a contextualized curriculum to help your participants achieve their goal.


Apprenticeships are usually referred to as “Learning while doing”. It is a model that has been in existence since the middle ages where young men were trained in a craft through a guild. This model focuses on combining education and paid on-the-job training. Participants develop their skills while learning about the business. Transition to employment and/or applying to a union position is stress-free.

The Role of a Career Path Navigator

The Career Path Navigator supports the participants in identifying career goals, developing a strategy with action steps to reach those goals, and provides accountability as they move along the path to achieving their goals. The Career Path Navigator works with participants to guide them in clarifying and aligning them with all aspects of their life to create the path and to match them with a career that supports their strengths. This session will outline the role of a CPN and skills needed to be an effective navigator.

How to Talk to Employers

This workshop will help adult education programs connect with employers to build strong, viable partnerships. It’s designed from the perspective of the employer and to reflect within program goals and the best way to address the needs of students is by adequately building and fostering strong employer partnerships.

How to find funds or leverage funds to provide workforce programming

Learning how to write a grant is the first step to securing funding. How to learn the best approaches for finding and appealing to funders can be a daunting task but so valuable. Leveraging funds for workforce programming can also be accomplished through partnerships. This session will focus on programs who leverage funds through grants and partnership to improve gaps in workforce training and in adult education.

How to partner with trainers

Integrating training into adult education can help your program grow and move towards an IET/IELCE or IBest program. How do you find reputable trainers who will help your participants earn important certificates or credentials? Similar to employers, you need to have a plan to talk to trainers so they understand your needs and how to integrate your program with their training. This session will reflect on your program, your goals, and curriculum to help you move ahead!

How to Help ELL Participants’ Transition to Employment

Assisting English Language Learners (ELL) participants with a high school diploma or degree in their transition to employment involves a holistic approach that addresses language proficiency, VISAs, job search strategies, college or university requirements and cultural considerations. In addition, adult educators need to partner with agencies who can convert transcripts to help them understand next steps in their career path into employment or post-secondary. This session will discuss various options to help your ELL program be equipped with resources to help your participant move towards a successful career.


Complex workforce issues are solved through public/private partnerships.

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Thanks to a training grant from our education partners that funded 75% of the cost, we upskilled our employees with limited English skills which improved our customer service and enhanced our brand. Companies need to partner with adult and career education providers who stand ready to help us compete.
Murdock Webbing Company, Inc.
Central Falls, Rhode Island
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