The Ray Marshall Center is evaluating Austin Community College’s (ACC) Adult Basic Education Innovation Grant (ABE-IG). ABE-IG aims to prepare unemployed and underemployed adults for career-path employment and post-secondary education in high-demand or targeted occupations. ABE-IG prioritizes its services for lower-skilled, Adult Basic Education students who may or may not have a GED or high school diploma, serving them through integrated entry-level job skills training and Level 1 certificate training. ABE-IG focuses on four distinct career tracks: HVAC, Accounting/Bookkeeping, Nursing, and PC Tech. The ABE-IG model is modeled on Washington State’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program, incorporating both a content instructor and a basic skills instructor in the classroom. RMC researchers will share lessons learned with ACC administrators and ABE-IG staff on an ongoing basis, serving a vital continuous program improvement role as well as a strictly evaluative one.
Austin Community College
February 2013 - August 2013