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"Our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest, and that means opening doors of opportunity to everyone and recognizing that the American Dream excludes no one." ― Thomas Perez, Secretary of Labor

These resources focus on the instructional aspects of workforce development, including tools for building lesson plans, sample workplace curricula, interest and aptitude assessments for students, general information about incorporating workplace education into academic instruction.


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ONET Resource Center's Career Exploration Tools
Free resources for career aptitude, ability, and interest for adult learners. System includes and ability profiler, a computerized and paper-based interest profiler, and a work importance profiler. Registration required to download materials.

Instructional Resources (Well Fargo sponsors this free site) on financial literacy that includes lessons, handouts, links to financial literacy information, and Instructors' Guides. The two sections for Adults and Entrepreneurship are particularly relevant for adult practitioners.

Adult Career Pathways Training and Support Center
These programs are designed to help low-skilled adults succeed in postsecondary education and employment.

Adult Career Pathways: Providing a Second Chance in Public Education
This site features reports, guides, toolkits, online repositories, instructional resources, and links to national associations that support adult literacy and ESL education.

Building Basics
Building Basics is a multi-level curriculum for teaching students that have expressed a need to learn English within the context of the construction trades.

Virginia's CTE Resource Center
The CTE Resource Center supports career and technical and occupational-technical preparation programs by providing resources for curriculum development and program design and implementation in response to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

Employability Skills Framework
The Employability Skills Framework was developed by a group of representatives from Career and Technical Education (CTE), adult education, workforce development and business organizations to provide instructors with a blueprint to build curricula that cuts across educational and workforce sectors.

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