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The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), through generous support from the ECMC Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative pilot project to develop clear pathways between local Workforce Development Board-supported trainings and local community college degree programs by utilizing prior learning assessment (PLA) crosswalks. This “pathways” approach will help workforce system participants obtain credentials in a faster and less costly way and facilitate better alignment between workforce boards and colleges in developing more comprehensive, better informed career pathways in the long run.


Four Workforce Development Board and Community College partnerships from across with country will be selected to participate in this exciting project. CAEL is currently accepting applications from regions and/or communities who would like to be considered. In addition to a wide array of technical assistance and other services, each site will also receive $25,000 to defray costs associated with participation.




Learn More About this Opportunity at Our Applicant's Webinar


Click here to watch the recording of our December 12thApplicant’s Webinar.


Application Timeline


Application Released

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Applicants’ Webinar

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 12:00-12:30pm CST

Email indicating intent to apply*

Friday, December 16, 2016 – 5:00pm CST

Proposals Due

Friday, January 13, 2017 – 5:00pm CST

Selections Announced

By January 31, 2017


Future updates will be found on this page.


*Note: Email of intent should be sent to Wilson Finch at wfinch@cael.org by 5:00pm CST on Friday, December 16, 2016. This very brief statement is non-binding, and it is primarily to help CAEL gauge interest. It will also be used to email potential applicants about any further information, should it arise during the application process.