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 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. 

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 

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

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