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WA Technical Colleges Reinventing Adult Basic Education

WA Technical Colleges Reinventing Adult Basic Education | Economic Development | Scoop.it
Compared to traditional Adult Basic Education, the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) approach - developed at Washington State’s community and technical colleges and gaining steams nationally - delivers dramatically better results, helping participants to quickly build marketable job skills and achieve higher earnings. I-BEST combines adult education with professional-technical training, all while narrowing the time frame for students to fulfill requirements and earn degrees.
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"According to the the state’s community and technical colleges board, multiple independent studies have concluded that I-BEST students outperform similar students enrolled in traditional basic skill programs. Unlike traditional ABE which yielded “no significant positive impact” on earnings and employment,” I-BEST participants were found to be employed at double the hours per week and earning $2,310 more per year than their cohort in the control group."

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Map: The most adaptable state economies

Map: The most adaptable state economies | Economic Development | Scoop.it
A new report ranks states best equipped for a shifting global economy.
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MA, DE, CA, WA, MD rank #1 - #5 among the 50 states in the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation's new annual State New Economy Index. The 5 key evaluation areas are: Knowledge Jobs, Globalization, Economic Dynamism, Digital Economy, & Innovation Capacity.

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