Integrated education and training (IET) is an adult education and workforce development program model that provides simultaneous instruction in basic skills such as math, reading, or spoken English, workplace readiness activities, as well as occupational or industry-specific training.
IET Models and Policy
- Integrated Education and Training (IET): Technical Assistance Kick-Off: A video presentation on IET, Heidi Silver Pacuilla and James Andre (Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center website).
Integrated Education & Training: A Service Model for Adult Education Across the Spectrum, COABE Webinar, facilitated by Judy Mortrude from CLASP. Excellent summarization of the IET Model as it related to WIOA policy and expectations.
- IBEST: Strategies for Identifying a Career Pathway and Developing a Strong Collaborative Program: Laurie Kierstead Joseph & Wendy Scheder Black, ADE Institute, September 23, 2017 – This PowerPoint presentation describes successful strategies and tools to guide pathway and partner identification and discusses essential steps in developing a strong, collaborative program. (Community College Level)
- Integrated Education and Training Policy Toolkit Summary: National Skills Coalition, 2016 PDF document. This 4-page document discusses Integrated Education and Training Policy in detail.
- CLASP memo on IET model programs for building career pathways at every skill level. The 2017 memo includes an official definition of IET, information on funding and reporting on IET, and links to model IET programs.
- Integrated Education and Training: Implementing Programs in Diverse Contexts, National College Transition Network, Sept 2017, Andy Nash, Director, New England Literacy Resource Center, and Ellen Hewett, Director, National College Transition Network.
Downloadable Tools for Soliciting Partner Support and for Workplace Instruction
- This collection of downloadable tools and resources from the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service site range from 2001 – 2016 on the following topics: WIOA related resources; steps towards certification for well-educated refugees; job readiness activities; vocabulary picture guides; job development resources; and more.
Pathways Programs for ESL and Low Literate Adult Basic Education Students
Most non-profit community-based adult literacy programs (CBLOs) are unable to offer a full range of IET instruction and partnership training due to the very low literacy levels of the adults they serve. Nevertheless, most low literate adults come to CBLOs for instruction to improve their job skills or find better employment. The following resources offer ways that CBLOs can teach workforce skills to adults to help them embark on the Career Pathways ladder. (Note: Most of these resources are for ESL students or immigrants, but the information is also extremely helpful for adult education and literacy instruction.)
- Skills and Training for New Americans: Creating a Thriving Economy That Works for All of Us, National Immigration Forum, 2016. This 24-page PDF document states a pro-active case for an increase of services to adults with barriers to employment, including immigrants.
Workforce Collaborations Build a System of Support for Immigrants: Examples from the Networks for Integrating New Americans Initiative from World Education, 2016. How can workforce development agencies and adult education programs work together to strengthen each other’s services to immigrant language learners? This fact sheet describes how community networks in three different parts of the country answered this question. Each one received support to build its collaborative work through the Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative.
Upskilling the New American Workforce: Demand-Driven Programs that Foster Immigrant Worker Success & Policies that Can Take Them to Scale, Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, National Skills Coalition, June 2016. This publication spotlights programs on seven immigrant integration and adult education/workforce development systems that are working well to help immigrant workers build skills, acquire recognized postsecondary credentials, move into in-demand occupations and make meaningful wage gains. It also provides advocates with information about key federal and state policies that can be used to sustain these programs, replicate them, and take them to scale.
- LINCS Collection of Resources for Adult English Language Learners