Managing the IET Timeline
- What constitutes “concurrent” enrollment, and what are some strategies to manage the IET timeline?
- How does front-loading impact the “concurrent” activities requirement?
To ensure your program design is consistent with WIOA definitions, consult the Definitions page on this site. For further guidance, review the LINCS IET Self-assessment, a step-by-step tool that will support fully integrated IET programming.
Strategies to manage the IET timeline:
At any time during an IET, ALL THREE required components must occur in support of each other. Contextualizing academic content and workplace preparation activities with occupational training content is they key to maintaining a fully integrated program of concurrent enrollment.
1. Assess your program’s IET design
Integrated Education and Training Guide, LINCS: This Guide is intended to be used as a fillable self-assessment in your development or review of an IET program. The requirements are followed by review questions. The review questions will help you determine if all required components as set forth in WIOA are included in your program’s design.
2. Create a single set of learning objectives
Creating a single set of learning objectives for the IET that combines all three components is an important first step to managing the IET timeline and identifying activities and content for the three components. Contextualize instruction across the three required IET components to integrate all competencies and skills into a cohesive instructional design.
3. Collaborate with partners to design the IET timeline
All three components of IET must be present for the entirety of the IET program. Read below the sample timeline to find tips for contextualizing instruction both during and outside of occupational training.
Tips for Contextualizing Content for Fully Integrated IET Programming
- When possible, use the training texts and training materials to contextualize literacy and numeracy.
- Occupational Training Resources: If authentic materials from the target training partners are unavailable prior to the start of training, use relevant materials from other texts or from prepared career kits.
Tips for contextualizing during occupational training
- Use occupational training content and resources, such as textbooks and manuals, to contextualize academic skill building (i.e., the literacy and numeracy skills needed to succeed in training).
- Use occupational training content and resources, such as textbooks and manuals, to contextualize workplace readiness activities (See the table below with definitions and sample activities.)
- Contextualize academic instruction with workplace readiness activities and occupational training content. See the table of sample activities below.
Tips for contextualizing prior to or after the completion of occupational training
- Engage learners with stackable online credentials, such as OSHA 10 and NCCER Core.
- Frontload occupational vocabulary study from training resources.
- Frontload occupational math skills from training resources
- Frontload occupational skills, such as map reading and blueprint reading.
- Prepare for occupational certification(s).
Sample activities for each of the three required components:
Click the heading of each section for additional resources and guidance related to that IET component:
- English language arts instruction
- English language proficiency instruction
- Math instruction
- Civics instruction
- Career exploration
- Digital skills practice
- Time management
- Professional communication
- Conflict resolution
- Job safety awareness
- Resume writing
- Interview practice
- Job searching skills
- Researching job ads and job descriptions
- Training with an occupational training provider
- Frontloading occupational vocabulary study
- Frontloading occupational math skills
- Frontloading occupational skills, such as map reading and blueprint reading
- Preparing for the occupational credential