Adult Basic Education Innovation Grant (ABE-IG)

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Official Project Title: Adult Basic Education Integration Grant (ABE-IG)

Principal Investigator:

Heath Prince



Austin Community College

Project Duration:

February 2013 - August 2013


The Ray Marshall Center is evaluating Austin Community College’s (ACC) Adult Basic Education Innovation Grant (ABE-IG). ABE-IG aims to prepare unemployed and underemployed adults for career-path employment and post-secondary education in high-demand or targeted occupations. ABE-IG prioritizes its services for lower-skilled, Adult Basic Education students who may or may not have a GED or high school diploma, serving them through integrated entry-level job skills training and Level 1 certificate training.  ABE-IG focuses on four distinct career tracks: HVAC, Accounting/Bookkeeping, Nursing, and PC Tech.  The ABE-IG model is modeled on Washington State’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program, incorporating both a content instructor and a basic skills instructor in the classroom. RMC researchers will share lessons learned with ACC administrators and ABE-IG staff on an ongoing basis, serving a vital continuous program improvement role as well as a strictly evaluative one.

Reports Available:

Ray Marshall Center

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