Study looks at "bridge programs"

The Workforce Strategy Center issues a new report.  It finds many programs but little evaluation.

Building a Higher Skilled Workforce: Results and Implications from the BridgeConnect National Survey
Bridge programs are a 21st-century idea for helping prepare low-skilled individuals for jobs that require more education. Known by many names—integrated education and training, contextualized learning, embedded skills—bridge programs assist students in obtaining academic, employability, and technical skills they need to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and training and the labor market.

Bridge programs are suitable for adults who have reading and mathematics skills at or below the ninth-grade level. These individuals may or may not have a high school diploma or GED. Most will have been out of school for a significant amount of time and are not positioned to succeed in postsecondary education and training programs. Bridge programs are housed in community colleges, local school districts, or at workforce agencies or community-based organizations. Their services take the form of GED preparation, English as a Second Language programs, developmental education, or Workforce Investment Act (WIA)-supported career preparation programs.


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