The resources below provide information on adult learners, the adult ed ecosystem, and career navigation services. All links and resources are provided for informational purposes only.

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Future Finder Challenge programming

On October 13, the Future Finder Challenge team hosted a virtual information session to provide an overview of the challenge and answer questions. Dr. Amy Loyd, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), discussed how the challenge will support the U.S. Department of Education’s work to build an inclusive and globally competitive economy.

On November 10, the Future Finder Challenge team hosted a virtual panel discussion to provide insights into who adult learners are, their unique career navigation needs, and considerations for designing digital tools to support them. The session featured Eric Nesheim, Hector Martinez, and Jen Vanek.

Defining career navigation

Jobs for the Future (JFF)

This market scan offers a road map for navigating the career navigation technology ecosystem.

Jobs for the Future (JFF)

This podcast provides an in-depth look at trends, challenges, and opportunities in the career navigation technology market. 

U.S. Department of Labor

This website contains national career resources for individuals and organizations, including career exploration, training and wayfinding support.

Designing for adult learners

U.S. Department of Education

This three-part video series showcases the diverse challenges and motivations of adult learners.

Digital Promise

This report outlines digital design principles for adult learners, based on adult learning theories.

U.S. Department of Education

This report demonstrates how educator, employer, and edtech communities can align to advance adult education and develop effective edtech solutions.

ProLiteracy

These infographics provide an overview of the adults who could benefit from adult education programs. 

Navigating the broader ecosystem

Urban Institute

This brief explains local workforce systems, including what these systems do, who they serve, and the key organizations involved.

U.S. Department of Education

This brief provides practical ideas and considerations for connecting English language acquisition programming to career pathways.

U.S. Department of Education

This report describes the U.S. Department of Education’s strategic goals and objectives, including for adult education, over the next four years.

U.S. Department of Education

These infographics provide an overview of recent adult education student enrollment and demographics, teacher and provider characteristics, and student outcomes.

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