College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness

The College and Career Readiness section provides leadership, oversight, professional development and policy guidance to local community colleges and community-based organizations regarding literacy education.  These literacy education programs include Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Secondary Education (ASE).

AttachmentSize
NRS Targets 33.51 KB
NC Assessment Manual 2015-2016551.14 KB

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act - Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (WIOA - AEFLA)

On July 22, 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act-Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (WIOA-AEFLA) was signed into law.  The North Carolina Community College System Office is the designated state agency responsible for the allocation of federal and state funds under this Act. The College and Career Readiness Unit, under the NCCCS Programs and Student Services Division, provides leadership, oversight, professional development, technical assistance, and monitors and evaluates programs funded through WIOA-AEFLA grants.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a program of instruction designed for adults who function below the high school level.  Instruction is offered in reading, writing, math, and English.

Adult Secondary Education (ASE)

Adult Secondary Education (ASE) Leading Text

Adult Secondary Education (ASE) is a program of instruction (9.0 grade level and above or the equivalent) designed to prepare adults for further education or transition toward skill obtainment and employment. Adult Secondary Education includes the Adult High School (AHS) Diploma program and the High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma program. 

English Language Acquisition (ELA)

Integrated English literacy and Civics Education (IEL/CE)

“Integrated English literacy and civics education” (IEL/CE) is defined as “education services provided to English language learners who are adults, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries, that enables such adults to achieve competency in the English language and acquire the basic and more advanced skills needed to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens in the United States. Such services shall include instruction in literacy and English language acquisition and instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation, and may include workforce training.”  This expanded program codifies what had formerly been known as the English Literacy and Civics (EL/Civics) program. The Department will be issuing further guidance on new statutory requirements that apply to the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education program under WIOA throughout program year 2015.

Adult Education Content Standards

The North Carolina Community College System College and Career Readiness Adult Education Standards were originally developed, refined, and field tested by adult educators from across the state during 2007 to 2010.  With the introduction of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) in April 2013, the NCCCS College and Career Readiness Adult Education Standards were aligned to reflect these new standards.

Community Based Organizations

The North Carolina Community College System funds volunteer and community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide reading, writing, math, speaking/listening in English, and GED® preparation for adults who are 16 or older and out of school.

Transitions and Career Pathways

Transitions and Career Pathways Intro

College and Career Readiness programs are provided for students with low basic education skills in writing, reading, math, and computer literacy.  Students who receive these services include low-skilled adults, individuals with disabilities, family literacy program participants, youth, ex-offenders, and English language acquisition students.  Their goals are to complete adult high school and obtain a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and perhaps earn employment related credentials.  Approved providers offer transitions programs and services using adult education career pathways and other platforms.   

Transition programs are aligned with adult education content standards, postsecondary education completion goals, college entry readiness, life skills, employment instruction and training.