Magazine article Techniques

Adult Workforce Development Division. (Meet ACTE Divisions & Regions)

Magazine article Techniques

Adult Workforce Development Division. (Meet ACTE Divisions & Regions)

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The Association for Career and Technical Education's Adult Workforce Development (AWD) Division is made up of talented committed people--all of whom have contributed to making our organization one of the most outstanding in the world. New technology, marketplace globalization and changing consumer demand continue to drive changes in skill requirements for new and existing employees in business, industry and labor.

The ACTE AWD Division recognizes the challenge to transform the current education and training structure of postsecondary institutions in order to meet and exceed the expectations of all stakeholders while keeping pace with this rate of change. Our AWD mission is to provide educational leadership so all members are able to design, develop, implement and evaluate programs and services to undergird their local economies. Collaboration and the sharing of best practices are two strategies to help take our delivery systems to higher levels of excellence.

Collaboration

Partnerships between technical and community colleges and adult workforce career technical education centers allow both institutions to do more with less.

Cooperative alignment of programs and services gives business, industry and labor one source of contact, reduces duplication and maximizes limited resources due to shrinking local, state and federal funding. These collaborations exemplify the "No Wrong Door" approach to education. Individuals can enter and exit the partnering educational environment as required by their career needs. …

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