The Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (CCLC) has been working in several areas to promote a career pathways framework among local providers. In 2012, CCLC hosted a three-day training on Bridges and Transitions for 30 practitioners. Last summer, they launched the “Pathways for Adult Literacy Learners (ALL)” framework, which is the first framework to include low-level adults. Since January 2014, CCLC has been the local lead for the Adult Education Demonstration Project. Supported by local funding, this project seeks to align community-based organizations (CBOs) and the City Colleges of Chicago so that adult learners can transition seamlessly from the literacy level to job training and/or postsecondary education. In partnership with local advocacy organizations, CCLC is working to promote Career Foundations, an in-depth curriculum designed to help low-skilled adults navigate Chicago’s career pathway system.
CCLC is leading the research project in Chicago through project development and outreach with local community adult basic education providers.