Karisa Tashjian and Mary Jo Feeney attended the annual conference for the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) last week, and presented “Adult Education and Libraries: New (Emerging) Models for Learning and Workforce Development” to an enthusiastic and receptive group on Friday.
In our presentation we demonstrate how in Rhode Island, ALL Access in the Libraries is becoming a key player in the adult education and workforce ecosystem. ALL Access in the Libraries focuses on the whole person, builds ongoing relationships, and offers need-driven, flexible, and open programming. This fills a gap in the workforce system that WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) aims to address. Also, library programs such as ALL Access can dramatically increase the capacity of the system at low cost. We encourage states and regions across the US to consider libraries as key partners. Unlike Adult Education programs or Career One-Stops, libraries establish lifelong relationships.
To learn more, check out our presentation! Adult Lifelong learning (ALL) ACCESS Final for COABE