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Published on May 11, 2024
Philadelphia Launches Free Adult Education Pathways Program to Enhance Teaching SkillsSource: City of Philadelphia

Education just got a major upgrade for adult learners in Philly. The city's latest initiative, the Adult Education Pathways Program, is laying down the groundwork needed to help adult educators sharpen their skills, and it's not costing them a dime. In a partnership that ropes in the big guns – the City of Philadelphia, Community College of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education – the program aims to give these professionals the know-how they need to drive adult education forward.

It's no secret that adult learners have different needs and experiences. That's why the Pathways Program is rolling out four distinct educational routes: Adult Basic Education (ABE), Digital Skills (DS), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and High School Equivalency (HSE), as reported by Each path is catered to bridge the gaps in basic education, tech savviness, language barriers, and the GED chasm.

Now, before you think this is just another education fad, take a peek at who stands to benefit: fresh instructors with less than three years under their belts, K-12 and higher ed defectors, current educators wanting to spice up their resumes, or noble souls who've navigated the adult education labyrinth themselves and want to pay it forward. Even those itching for a career switch-up are invited to this knowledge feast. As outlined by, the program doesn't discriminate; it's an all-you-can-learn buffet.

The city isn't just throwing these pathways up haphazardly, either. They're shooting for the stars with five lofty goals: equip, promote, foster, and improve (twice, for learning outcomes and the quality of adult ed in the city). Plus, if you're worried about getting lost in the shuffle, the program operates on the cohort model – get in before the deadline or catch the next round, the city's website notes.