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Submitted By: michael brady, Northern Alameda Consortium for Adult Education

Curriculum Pathways - Non-Credit to Credit Design Teams

  • Type of Practice: Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adult Secondary Education Students, CTE Student, English Language Learners, First-time Students, High School Diploma Students, High School Equivalency Students, Teachers, Faculty and Staff, Vocational Certificate Students, K12 to CC Transitioning Students, State &/or Industry Certification Students
  • Program Area(s): Career Technical Education , Adult Basic & Secondary Education, English as a Second Language & Citizenship
  • Consortia Involved:
    Northern Alameda Consortium for Adult Education: Alameda Unified School District, Albany Unified School District, Berkeley Unified School District, Emeryville Unified School District, Oakland Unified School District, Peralta Community College District, Piedmont Unified School District

The Challenge

Facilitating an understanding of various models of transitional/bridge programs that link adult schools and community colleges, utilizing new "Enhanced Non-Credit" program development at the community colleges.

The Solution

Working in conjunction with the Career Ladders Project as its consultant, the Northern Alameda Consortium for Adult Education is actively engaged in rethinking and redesigning an educational system that creates seamless transitions for students across adult schools and community colleges to accelerate academic and career success.

Design Teams meet regularly to develop programs (Adult School and Community College) in preparation of pproval of new curriculum/courses at college and district (CIPD) levels.


The Consortium is currently developing materials for bridge program models in the following content areas: skilled trades (machine technology, water/waste water technician); early childhood education (ESL ECE classes); culinary arts/hospitality; maritime management; and entrepreneurship.

The Data

Formation and organization of approximately 20 individual design teams comprised of community college and adult school faculty - many for the first time.

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