Georgia’s Statewide Push for Workforce Development Leveraging the Full Potential of Integrated Education and Training
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With the start of the three-year grant cycle beginning in 2017–2018, the Georgia Office of Adult Education (GOAE) implemented a state policy to require all adult education providers, not just Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) grantees, to develop and implement at least one integrated education and training (IET) program for adult education students. The goal of the state mandate was to emphasize Georgia’s focus on workforce development and career pathways among adult education providers. Through hard work and collaboration, by 2019–2020, all 30 of Georgia’s adult education providers have at least one IET program in place. Adult education students participating in IET programs are successfully gaining employment, transitioning into postsecondary education or training, and advancing along career pathways. GOAE will continue to develop and promote initiatives such as IET that support workforce development in Georgia, ensuring all Georgians are on a path towards self-sufficiency and a family-sustaining wage.