Ohio’s Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program stretches into every part of the state with 66 locations altogether. Each site operates with the same focus: to provide free classes for adult learners on topics ranging from GED preparation to English-speaking training.
The grant-funded state program also assists adults who need career or postsecondary education guidance, and that’s where EMSI has helped meet a need.
Students like how easy (EMSI’s tool) is to navigate. They really enjoy all the different occupations they can find. … It’s easy to understand and they get a little lesson on the economy at the same time.”
— Stephanie Schab, Parma City Schools
ABLE instructors and administrators use EMSI’s Career Pathways tool to show students across the state the best training and job opportunities available based on regional job trends, wages, education levels and regional completions, job listings, and skills. The tool also allows ABLE to help students with career transitions, easily showing them what it will take to move from one job to another that pays more or has a better outlook.
“All the students who attend classes, our primary goal is for them to get their GED, write better, etc.,” said Stephanie Schab, who works for the Parma City School District in the greater Cleveland area.
“But we don’t want them to stop there,” Schab continued. “We want them to transition to a school or good-fitting job.”
Schab and her colleagues at Parma City Schools — along with other ABLE programs in Ohio — travel to many different sites every week to train students. And often ABLE instructors will include EMSI-generated career talks in their lesson plans.
Instructors will run through the job trends and projections, an overview of in-demand skills, training, and other relevant career info using EMSI’s web-based tool. During her presentations, Schab typically includes time for interested students to use Career Pathways themselves to get a feel for the job market and what local education providers offer.
“Students like how easy it is to navigate,” she said. “They really enjoy all the different occupations they can find. … It’s easy to understand and they get a little lesson on the economy at the same time.”
For more on Parma City School District’s ABLE program, click here.