Learning In Context:  Preparing Latino Workers for Careers and Continuing Education

Elizabeth Moore, Ph.D., and Emma Oppenheim, (October 7, 2010)

Issue: Economy and Workforce, Career Pathways, Education
Publication Type: Research Report

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Adult education services, including education for those lacking basic literacy and numeracy, preparation for the high school equivalency diploma, and English-as-a-second-language courses, play a crucial role in bridging the basic skills gap for Latinos and other workers with limited formal education and training.  With recent policy and program shifts focusing on preparing low-skill adults for the demands of work and continued learning, integrated training programs—programs that provide vocational training and teach basic skills and/or the English language simultaneously—have emerged as a promising method for improving the learning and earnings outcomes of participants.  With a focus on the accessibility of integrated training programs for Latino and low-skill workers and the practicality of taking these programs to scale, this report offers insight and recommendations to policymakers, program administrators, and funders to ensure that these promising strategies reach the workers most affected by the basic skills gap.