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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Education and Career Planning

Key Elements for Education and Career Plans for ABE Students

In an effort to assist programs with developing and maintaining an active Education and Planning process, ACLS developed the Guide for Completing the Student Education and Career Plan (November 2012, revised July 2014) and the Student Education and Career Plan template. ACLS does not require the use of the template. Programs are welcome to develop their own plans or templates, as long as they incorporate certain key elements. This document defines the elements that must be a part of every program's Education and Career Planning Process.

The Key Elements

  • Education Background - last grade completed, high school credential earned, certificates and/or degrees earned, educational goals
  • Employment History - places and dates of employment, positions held, years in each job, skills attained, views of the occupations held, interest in continuing in similar work or changing to another career
  • Transferrable Skills - skills developed during student participation in non-employment experiences such as volunteer work, event planning in child's school, babysitting, caring for elderly, homemaking, cooking, repairing household items, etc.
  • Current Skills - the results of any skill, value, or interest assessments
  • Career Exploration - results of industry research, including growing industries, high-demand jobs, annual salaries, and/or educational requirements
  • College Exploration - the results of any college research, as well as any steps taken in applying for college, such as submitting applications and financial aid forms, meeting with advisors, taking placement tests, and registering for classes
  • Education and Career Goals - short and long term goals, steps needed to achieve them, potential barriers, and strategies to overcome them
  • Family Education Plan (if applicable) - short and long term family goals, steps needed to achieve them, potential barriers, and strategies to overcome them


Last Updated: July 31, 2014
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