Basic Skills Plus offers transitions and career pathway support to students preparing for entry into employment and postsecondary education programs. The North Carolina legislature approved the Basic Skills Plus program in 2010. Approved Basic Skills Plus providers may use up to 20% of their adult literacy funding to provide planned instruction and training for eligible students. Students performing at the adult secondary education level and who are co-enrolled in occupational and adult education courses while earning their adult high school diploma or a recognized high school equivalency credential are eligible for Basic Skills Plus.
Students are co-enrolled in Basic Skills and occupational courses (either curriculum or continuing education courses) as part of the career pathways. The key advantage for eligible students is that tuition for curriculum courses and course registration fees for continuing education courses may be waived by approved providers. Students work to earn entry level employment and occupational credentials. Each North Carolina community college has approval to offer Basic Skills Plus programs. See list of Basic Skills Plus Career Pathways.
Career pathways that are offered by the local college must align with demonstrated demand for employment in local and regional labor markets, offer integrated instruction, and student support.
- Upon approval by the State Board, approved providers may add career pathways that offer basic skills instruction and occupational training to students who are co-enrolled and have achieved the adult secondary education level of performance. See Career Pathway Review Criteria.
- Providers are encouraged to develop a Career Pathway Template that identifies the courses and services to be provided in the pathway and Career Pathway map documentation for each pathway.
- Career Pathways: Frequently Asked Questions on Career Pathways
- Example Career Pathway Maps
All pathways should be added to the online Basic Skills Plus Collection. Pathways that have been previously approved may be entered directly into the collection. New, revised career pathways, and the annual Basic Skill Plus budget must be submitted for review to the online Basic Skills Plus collection at explorethelor.org.
Submitted pathways will be reviewed and accepted within 30 days. Refer to the tutorial --Submitting Budgets and Career Pathways Online. Direct questions and requests for assistance to Cassandra Atkinson firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colleges may begin co-enrolling students in Basic Skills and occupational courses after receiving notice of acceptance by College and Career Readiness.
Basic Skills Plus Presentations
|Basic Skills Plus Career Pathways June 2017||572.26 KB|
|Basic Skills Plus Career Template||240.97 KB|
|Workforce Preparation CCLI||233.35 KB|
|Workplace Preparation Activities and Employability Skills||291.31 KB|
|Workplace Preparation Activities - Skills||309.31 KB|
|Braided Funding||137.4 KB|
|Basic Skills Plus Implementation Guide rev.2019||423.87 KB|
|Basic Skills Plus Scenarios rev. 2019||81.28 KB|