Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
Oregon was among the first states to initiate a career pathways program for low-skilled adults. In 2006, the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) launched the Oregon Pathways for Adult Basic Skills Initiative (OPABS) to transform the delivery of adult basic skills education in the state.
CCWD funded Abt Associates to provide technical assistance in the design of an OPABS conceptual model and academic interventions, a professional development program, and a data collection system. Abt worked with the state’s community colleges from 2006-2013 to guide the development and revision of six accelerated basic skills courses aimed at preparing low-skilled adults to succeed in postsecondary education. Abt also helped design a professional development program to prepare faculty to teach these courses. More than 4,500 adult learners have participated in OPABS courses delivered in 12 of the state’s 17 community college basic skills programs. Abt provided guidance on the restructuring of basic skills program services and the collection and use of longitudinal data. OPABS results have informed CCWD’s efforts to integrate career pathways processes in the delivery of basic skills services.
Read more about this project:
Preparing for the Future: Final Report for Oregon Pathways for Adult Basic Skills Transition to Education and Work (OPABS) – Executive Summary
Learn more about Abt’s work in Career Pathways.
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