A champion for adult learners, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning creates education-to-career pathways that are recognizable and relevant to employers. We inform, support, and connect educators, employers, and policymakers so they can help working adults learn new skills throughout their careers.
At the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), we collaborate with educators, employers and economic development organizations to equip adult workers and learners with the education and skills they need to sustain meaningful careers and contribute to their local economies and communities.
For more than 40 years, our national nonprofit membership organization has worked to create educational and economic opportunity for all adults while helping employers develop their existing workforce to remain competitive in a rapidly-changing economy.
CAEL develops services and solutions, providing initiative support, technical assistance, and thought leadership resources for our partners and members. Whether offering best practices or creating partnerships, we have a single goal in mind: enhancing the educational and economic opportunities of adult learners.
In her early 20s, Kiabeth Santos was well on her way to achieving her goal of becoming a nurse. She wanted to work in health care, and she loves working with people. But then life — as it often does — got in the way.
January 22, 2020 – CHICAGO – McDonald’s today announced the launch of a new career exploration mobile application called Archways to Careers that will help restaurant employees nationwide maximize education benefits and take the next step in their professional journey– whether at McDonald’s or elsewhere. Built with long-standing partner, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), and with support from InsideTrack, a national success coaching organization, McDonald’s will now be able to offer all restaurant employees a real-time career advising tool that connects them to InsideTrack’s professional and credentialed advisors to support, coach and help them chart a path to achieve the future job or career they desire.
These days working in a fast-food restaurant or other service-industry job often comes with a new benefit: a college education.
With the 2019 CAEL Conference around the corner, we thought we’d take a look back at 2018. Hear from presenters and attendees to find out what keeps the CAEL community coming back, year after year.
Every year at the CAEL conference, we honor an individual who has overcome multiple barriers and successfully returned to a learning environment. Meet Rashaan Green, our 2018 Learner of the Year.
It’s now been seven years since The New York Times dubbed 2012 the “Year of the MOOC (massively open online course).” Since then, online learning has evolved, but not in the ways that were predicted. Recently, there have been promising signs that online education could still change the game. YouTube has already become the most widely used platform for independent learning, especially for the so-called iGen.
Innovative Strategies to Support Today’s Online College Students
Two striking trends in American higher education are on a collision course. A worrisome number of undergraduates — more than six in ten — fail to complete their degrees on time. Meanwhile, the explosive growth of affordable, convenient online offerings is dramatically expanding college access for the very students most at risk of dropping out.
Strada is proud to share that our affiliate, CAEL, will be increasing its engagement with longtime partner, McDonald’s, to enhance their current Archways to Opportunity™ program through the addition of a digital career and education exploration solution. CAEL will lead the development and implementation of a mobile app augmented with insights and other functionality from Strada Education Network affiliates, Emsi and InsideTrack.
An Early History of Strada Education Network 2014-17
Since February, CAEL has been a consultant on a project to develop and implement a strategy to encourage positive economic and job growth in northeast Florida, and to enhance the region’s brand.
Joining national network of innovative nonprofits and businesses will enable the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning to increase its social impact connecting the worlds of learning and work for adult learners
Years ago the primary focus of college opportunity advocacy groups was college access. This focus was guided by the belief that if college opportunity efforts managed to place students (especially underserved students) on a college campus, the work was done. Then, once it became clear how many enrolled students never finished, the focus rightly shifted to access and completion. Today the Holy Grail for higher education is equitable and high completion rates for all students.
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