Better Together: How adult education/CTE collaborations benefit workers and business

By Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, January 07, 2019

Across the United States, businesses are facing record-low unemployment rates and a tight labor market, which incentivize them to pursue more creative strategies for finding skilled workers. Meanwhile, more than 36 million U.S. adults of working age have foundational skills gaps in areas such as literacy or numeracy, and two thirds of these adults are employed.

To ensure the success of upskilling strategies, states should capitalize on the joint expertise of the career and technical education (CTE) and adult education systems and implement policies that improve alignment between those systems. Better Together outlines how collaboration between adult education and CTE partners can advance effective programs for workers with foundational skill needs.