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Wednesday, May 3 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Intersections: Adult Education & CTE

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In many states, adult education is a core component of their CTE strategy – just as CTE is a core element of many adult education programs. This session will explore specific strategies for integrating CTE and adult education at the policy and programmatic levels to ensure career success for learners at all levels and ages.

Washington I-BEST 


Charisse Childers

Director, Arkansas Department of Career Education
Director, Arkansas Department of Career Education
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Jon Kerr

Director, Basic Education for Adults, Washington State Board for Community & Technical College
Jon Kerr, Director of Adult Basic Education at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC), administers several innovative adult training and education programs effectively serving immigrant and low-income populations and aimed at accelerating their pathways to living wage jobs. In his 24 years in Basic Education for Adults, Jon has worked as an ELL instructor, coordinator, director, and college dean of instruction in addition to his current role of Adult Basic Education Director for Washington State. He has been a teacher or administrator in elementary and secondary education, private language institutes, community colleges, and university graduate programs. Jon started his basic skills career as an ELL instructor at International House Lisbon where he was also co-owner and artistic director of International English Theatre (IET), which presented educational theatre productions for ESL students and numerous workshops for English teachers throughout Portugal and Spain. Jon joined SBCTC after his tenure as the Dean of Instructional Programs and Library Director at Lower Columbia College in Washington State. There he pioneered the first Academic I-BEST program as well as administering ELL, ABE, high school, and GED programs, all aimed at moving under-skilled adults, out of school youth, and non-native English speakers into family-sustaining jobs. His initial work with Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) was as founding Director of I-BEST for the Pierce College District. Building upon that experience, Jon has become a champion for accelerated educational pathways and he has been active at state and national levels in promoting the initiative and providing trainings. He worked with the comprehensive I-BEST pathway teams at Lower Columbia College to pilot the first academic I-BEST program and one of the first four On-Ramp to I-BEST programs in the nation as well as an I-BEST for Developmental Education and the High School Twenty-one plus pilots in Washington. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in theatre and education from Central Washington... Read More →

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Wednesday May 3, 2017 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Calvert Room

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