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OCTAE Announces the Release of Making Skills Everyone’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States

Posted on 02/26/2015

Making Skills Everyone's Business

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE External link opens in new window or tab) has released a new and long awaited report, Making Skills Everyone's Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States External link opens in new window or tab. The report, originally slated to be released in April of 2014, "lays out seven strategies for establishing convenient, effective, high-quality learning opportunities."

"It challenges those of us in education to work more closely with employers to prepare students for in-demand jobs with advancement potential," write Ted Mitchell, U.S. Under Secretary of Education, and Johan E. Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, in a Homeroom Blog post External link opens in new window or tab. "It challenges employers to work more closely with educators to ensure effective training programs that lead to meaningful skill development. And it calls for making career pathways available and accessible everywhere, an effort that will be aided by the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)."

Seven core strategies are outlined in the report External link opens in new window or tab. They are:

  1. Act Collectively to Raise Awareness and Take Joint Ownership of Solutions.
  2. Transform Opportunities for Youth and Adults to Assess, Improve, and Use Foundation Skills.
  3. Make Career Pathways Available and Accessible in Every Community.
  4. Ensure That All Students Have Access to Highly Effective Teachers, Leaders, and Programs.
  5. Create a "No Wrong Door" Approach for Youth and Adult Services.
  6. Engage Employers to Support Upskilling More Front-Line Workers.
  7. Commit to Closing the Equity Gap for Vulnerable Subpopulations.

Making Skills Everyone's Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States is available from OCTAE External link opens in new window or tab. Updates will be posted regularly to OCTAE's Blog External link opens in new window or tab which will be used to report on developments in this initiative. Updates will be tagged with the words "Making Skills."