Transitions and Career Pathways

Transitions and Career Pathways

College and Career Readiness programs are provided for students with low basic education skills in writing, reading, math, and computer literacy. Integrated education and training is provided to low-skilled adults, individuals with disabilities, literacy program participants, out-of-school youth, ex-offenders, and English language acquisition students.  Students receive instruction and support as they complete their adult high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and perhaps earn employment related credentials and skills. Approved providers offer transitions programs and services using adult education career pathways and other student success services.     

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

  • Career Pathways include academic instruction, non-academic services, and support for students to ensure student success and transition to postsecondary career and employment options. Colleges have implemented transitions programs such as the Integrating Career Awareness Curriculum, Bridge Instruction, Transitions Academies, Integrating Computer Skills Training in Basic Skills, and Basic Skills Plus.
  • Popular career occupations include: HVAC and Refrigeration, Medical Office Administration, Health Science careers such as Nursing Assistant and Pharmacy Technician; Early Childhood Education, Computer Information Technology; Welding Technology; and Automotive Systems Technology.

Basic Skills Plus

Basic Skills Plus (BSKP) a tuition waiver program was enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2010 to support occupational skills training for participants concurrently enrolled in literacy courses and seeking a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.

Basic Skills Plus serves  Basic Skills students, who have achieved Adult Secondary level, Title ll National Reporting System levels, in either math or reading, and who are concurrently enrolled in courses providing employability skills, jobs specific, occupational, or technical skills.

Career READY

During the 2018-19 program year, the NC CCR System Office team collaborated with a pilot group of community colleges to explore ways adult education, developmental education programs, and NC Student Success Centers could collaborate to reduce barriers to adult education students’ success in postsecondary education. It was decided that NROC, Ed Ready educational software, already being used with postsecondary patterners could be reviewed and adapted to equip adult education students with academic skills and distance learning experience to transition into gateway post-secondary courses. 

2021-22 Career READY Manual