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).

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Program Quality and Accountability

Program Quality and Accountability Intro

The Program Quality and Accountability team ensures accountability at the local level through technical assistance with regards to state, federal, and local policies and how they impact quality and accountable programs. This page provides tools, resources, and guidance related to data and performance related activities under WIOA.

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

Continuation of WIOA Funding for Adult Education and Literacy Activities

The North Carolina Community College System announces the availability of continuation federal funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II for the period of July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. This funding supports adult education and literacy activities throughout the state of North Carolina. These funds will only be available through an application process to providers funded during the current year (July 1, 2016- June 30, 2017).

Application Available: January 30, 2017
     Information Webinar

Application Submission: February 28, 2017 - April 3, 2017
      Portal Submission Informational Video

 Application Deadline: April 3, 2017

 State Board Approval: May 2017

  Funds Available: July 1, 2017

There are three continuation 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 free 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.

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