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.

Transitions PowerPoint Presentations

Basic Skills Plus

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 concurrently in Basic Skills and occupational courses (either curriculum or continuing education courses). The key advantage for eligible students is that tuition for curriculum courses and course registration fees for continuing education courses may be waived.  Students work to earn entry level employment and occupational credentials.  Each North Carolina community college has approval to offer Basic Skills Plus programs. 

Direct questions and requests for assistance to Cassandra Atkinson  atkinsonc@nccommunitycolleges.edu.

Basic Skills Plus Presentations