Local, State and National Perspectives About Integrated Education and Training (IET): Insights from OCTAE’s IET Symposium, January 2020
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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education convened the Integrated Education and Training (IET) Symposium on January 15, 2020, to obtain information about the progress with and challenges in implementing IET models in adult education programs. Forty-five representatives from adult education state offices, adult education local providers, national adult education technical assistance organizations, research organizations, advocacy groups, and federal program offices participated in the symposium. This article synthesizes information provided during the day’s activities. Discussed are key elements of well-implemented IET models, factors that should be considered in preparing adult learners to succeed in IET services, and the types of partnerships that are critical to designing and carrying out IET services. The article also provides examples of the ways in which adult education state offices support adult education providers in their IET activities, and suggests state and federal actions that could help expand IET services.