This technical assistance project advanced by Department of Education’s Office of Career Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) was designed to develop and advance a set of best practices to further the integration of Adult Basic Education (ABE) and occupational training activities – leading ultimately to family-sustaining career opportunities. Maher & Maher’s CEO, Richard D. Maher, was engaged as part of an “Expert Team” to consult on the project. His role was to serve as the Team’s workforce development subject matter expert (SME) and to support the project’s change management function.
The project identifed eight states to receive technical assistance and coaching to support the creation, implementation, and monitoring of state policies that strengthen the transition of adult learners from adult basic education classrooms into postsecondary education, employment, and/or training opportunities. State teams were brought together for a national Institute training event, to create action plans and form new policy initiatives to advance linkages between ABE and post-secondary education and employment opportunities.
In our role as Subject Matter Expert (SME) and facilitator, Maher & Maher was responsible for coaching of specific state teams, and for identifying resources and tools that will further all of the states’ work in this initiative. Rick Maher also made keynote presentations during the national Institute training event, and at individual state meetings to help teams understand workforce issues and programs and to advise them how to best engage as partners with the broader workforce development system.