In this video interview, CAEL’s Pamela Tate discusses their mission to remove barriers to adult education and the links to improved employment.
Pamela Tate, president and CEO of Heron investee the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) believes, “It’s very clear that if people get some kind of educational opportunity, and then are able to link it to employability, they can get out of poverty.” Among the ways CAEL removes barriers for adult learners is to help provide credentials to workers for competencies they have developed on the job, allowing them to progress in their careers.
They also collaborate with employers and workforce developers to create career action platforms, which workers can use to chart their professional path forward. Through their advocacy work, CAEL also challenges institutional policies at the federal and state level that limit financial aid for less than part-time students. A common example of the barriers working adults face is the unavailability of financial aid for students registered for only one course. Due to the fact that most adult workers have many additional responsibilities and a limited amount of time, taking additional courses to qualify for financial aid is impossible.
Tate’s brother was a Vietnam Veteran and struggled to complete his education due to factory shift work, and his experience inspires her work at CAEL today.
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A common example of the barriers working adults face is the unavailability of financial aid for students registered for only one course.