If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 2 of 2)

For better or for worse adult education programming functions much like elementary and secondary education. States and local governments provide funding, accountability, and oversight. Politics at the national level set the stage for the scope and sequence of our work. They can outline performance metrics and indicators. They can determine future eligibility requirements and create … Continue reading If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 2 of 2)

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Family & Safety Preparedness Resources (For Undocumented Immigrants)

I recently attended a workshop designed for service providers of refugee and immigrant support programs. It was created for staff to gain a better understanding of existing immigration policy and to learn preventative measures undocumented immigrants can take in light of recent changes and the risk of potential deportation. For Houston-based folk, here is a … Continue reading Family & Safety Preparedness Resources (For Undocumented Immigrants)

If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 1 of 2)

This isn't going to come out right, but I'll try. Service has always been a part of my family. It wasn't something we talked about. It wasn't tokenized; it wasn't manufactured. It wasn't even referred to as service. (Saying it now makes me feel paternalistic). My father volunteered as a basketball coach when my brother … Continue reading If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 1 of 2)

Dropout Prevention

I started teaching at the Women’s Correctional Facility because it seemed cool, and it appealed to my sense of adventure. Civilians were sorted into lines: four metal detectors on the way in, three on the way out. I couldn't bring soft drinks or cell phones. When asked where I worked, I’d just say 26th & California … Continue reading Dropout Prevention

Why Good Programs Fail: Missed Connections

I didn’t know we were dating until he tried to kiss me. I had worked there for about five years coordinating programs and teaching basic skills classes. He cared a lot about renewable energy and was hoping to install solar panels on the property he’d purchased with his step-father. At first, he’d asked for connections … Continue reading Why Good Programs Fail: Missed Connections

Workforce Development Connections

Workforce development organizations are typically nonprofit organizations whose explicit mission is to provide job training for underemployed and unemployed community members. These organizations exist within self-sustaining private organizations, within nonprofit entities, within churches, within correctional facilities, within city and/or community colleges, within juvenile detention centers, within substance abuse treatment facilities, and within mental health service … Continue reading Workforce Development Connections

Understanding Workforce Development

Workforce development programming impacts millions of individuals annually. Through professional development, academic training, technical skills training, and life skills coursework, underemployed and unemployed individuals can enhance their professional skills in order to be more competitive for livable wage careers. By examining the history of workforce development, current curriculum training models, and the similarities among existing … Continue reading Understanding Workforce Development