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Postsecondary Transition: Adult Career Pathways Literacy Zone Summit Presentation

Syracuse, NY

Literacy Zones are a reform initiative developed by the New York State Board of Regents and the State Education Department to close the achievement gap in urban and rural communities of concentrated poverty and high concentrations of families and individuals with limited literacy or English language proficiency. Literacy Zones are intended to provide a systemic focus on meeting the literacy needs of communities, from birth through adult.

During the recent Literacy Zone Summit, held September 28 and 29 in Syracuse, New York, Dr. Daniel Larson, President of Cayuga Community College and Dean Carla DeShaw provided a look at the development of their postsecondary transition model dominated by collaboration with the community school district and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). They shared a close look at the challenges facing students and suggested strategies to help them move from GED preparation programs onto the college campus. Bridging this gap is the true mission of the collaborative effort. Robert LePage, Clements Group Senior Vice President of Workforce Development, also shared details of the work being done in Central NY in partnership with the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) in developing Adult Career Pathways. The project coordinated by the Central/Southern Tier RAEN is focused on alignment of health care and manufacturing industry labor pools and incumbent workforce needs along with enhancement of the literacy zone partners' programs and services to support the region's workforce competiveness. Outcomes will focus on steps to achieve the Literacy Zones' objectives of providing:

  • A continuum of literacy services from early childhood through adult, including strong support for parental involvement in their child's literacy development at home and engagement with the school system
  • Assistance and support for at-risk youth to enable them to complete high school and succeed in postsecondary education or advanced training
  • Postsecondary transition that enables out-of-school youth and adults to attain a high school equivalency diploma and succeed in postsecondary education
  • Programs that enable out-of-school youth and adults who are receiving public assistance and/or food stamps or families with incomes less than 200 percent of poverty to obtain and retain employment
  • Transition for youth and adults returning to the community from incarceration
  • Pathways to citizenship and English language proficiency for adults with limited English language
  • Workforce development programs including apprenticeship, career and technical education and career pathways
  • Support for mature workers and senior citizens to enable them to stay out of poverty
  • Support for individuals with disabilities and their families
  • Transition support for returning veterans (including disabled veterans) and their families

New York State Education Department has identified 18 Literacy Zones across the state. Each Literacy Zone and its satellite site can provide pathways out of poverty for individuals and families.

The Clements Group is partnering with the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) and Central/Southern Tier RAEN to assist in enhancing the success of the Central New York’s Workforce Competiveness. For further information, contact Mr. Bob LePage at b_lepage@yahoo.com.

September 2010

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