Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE and ESOL Classroom

Course Dates:

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Format: Facilitated

Course Fee: $341


teacher and studentTeachers and administrators across the country are being tasked, through the WIOA legislation, to ensure that adult learners are able to gain or improve their livelihoods through their education. To make sure that students gain the skills that they need in order to do this, this course will help teachers and counselors guide students through a process that helps them set career goals and secure the educational services they need to pursue their goals. The course will prepare participants to implement the Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE & ESOL Classroom (ICA) Curriculum Guide within the context of their programs. The hands-on activities will increase participants’ level of comfort and familiarity with the curriculum guide and the related topics.

Read an interview with one of the course facilitators, Diana Satin.

Participants say:

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“At first I felt quite overwhelmed since I had never taken an online class before, but after reading other students’ responses that first week I became more relaxed and got into the swing of things. The other students’ and the facilitator’s positive feedback was a great help to me. Each week’s assignments had many activities that I could incorporate into our curriculum and had as many options to choose from as there are different levels of students in our program. The enthusiasm and desire of many of our students makes you want to help them succeed by showing them all the resources that are available to them. The more options we give them, the more chances they have to be successful.That is not only their goals but ours as well. I feel that now with these lessons, I have the tools to help them them.”  -Linda Flint, Lake Ridge Adult Education, IN

By the end of the course, you will be able to: compare a variety of lessons and resources to assist students completing a Career and Education Planning Worksheet; complete a Lesson Planning Template that is tailored to the student levels, intensity of instruction, length of your program cycle and aligned, where applicable, to your state or program content standards; determine the preparation, classroom time, and resources that you will need in order to deliver the lessons that you’ve included in your Lesson Planning Template; apply a framework for setting a personal goal and discuss how you would introduce this framework to students; navigate, compare, and assess local and online resources; and list the education steps needed towards a credential in a specific career.

Required Text: None. ICA Curriculum Guide provided in downloadable format.

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Estimated Completion Time: 3-4 hrs/week (24 hours total)

Completion Requirements:

Your work will be assessed on whether or not and to what extent you have completed the required assignments and postings (total of 75%) and completed the Final Lesson Planning Project (25%). If you score an 80% or above, you will successfully complete the course and earn a certificate of completion.

Certificate for Completion: Yes

Course Development:

This course was developed by Sandy Goodman at World Education.

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