Piloting Dev-Ed and Industry Programs
Faculty and staff from across the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges came together for two days in early August to develop career-focused curriculum for developmental education and adult basic education students. They utilized this opportunity to work in conjunction with curriculum designers from the Educational Development Center, which is internationally known for creating cutting edge educational programs. Together, these two groups focused on curriculum models that contextualize Math and English Language Arts content to three industry sectors—Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare and Information Technology. Each module was built from workplace scenarios that were written with the assistance of employers from each target industry. These scenarios described daily situations that entry-level workers in these industries would be likely to encounter. Research has shown that basic skills curriculum that are provided in the context of real-work scenarios can improve student learning outcomes. Campuses will begin to pilot the new curriculum beginning this September.