Career Pathways Initiative

Working Together: A Guide to Business and Adult Education Partnerships

Posted by Career Pathways Initiative - On March 17, 2011 (EST)

By Kathy Chernus, Director, Adult Education, MPR Associates, Inc.

Since 2001, our research staff have been examining ways to address the needs of millions of adults lacking the literacy, numeracy, and technical skills required in today’s workplace through partnerships among adult education providers, employers, and workforce organizations. With support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education, MPR created Working Together: A Guide to Business and Adult Education Partnerships to help employers learn about the advantages of partnering with adult education providers.

The Guide has two strands—Corporate Philanthropy in the Community and Expanding the Employee Pipeline—reflecting two important reasons that businesses get involved in adult education. The philanthropy strand provides information on ways to support local education programs, encourage employee volunteerism, and contribute to adult education nationally. The pipeline strand describes how adult education can help employers improve the skills of incumbent and future employees. The Guide explains why businesses should invest in adult education and offers models of partnerships (including workforce development programs) and links to related resources. It also describes how intermediaries, such as Chambers of Commerce or and literacy coalitions can connect adult education and business. For more information, see

The Guide is featured on the Community Partnerships for Adult Learning (CPAL) website, which also includes such other partnership resources as an online toolkit organized by topic; profiles of 12 community partnerships; and a partnership self-assessment tool. CPAL is located at

MPR Associates, Inc., a research and consulting firm specializing in education, is committed to improving educational policy, advancing sound practice, and expanding access for youth and adults. For more information about our work, visit

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