October 15, 2019 - Flash Edition

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October 15, 2019

Flash Edition

Ability to Benefit: Improving Access to Career Pathways Programs for Adult Students

Join the Department of Education and partners on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET for a webinar on the Ability to Benefit (ATB) provisions of the Higher Education Act (34 CFR §668.141-668.156). This topic will be of interest to adult education, career and technical education, workforce development, and postsecondary practitioners and advocates, including those working with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Perkins V programs.

Fulfilling one of the ATB alternatives allows a student without a high school diploma or its equivalent to receive Title IV federal student aid (e.g., a Pell Grant or Direct Loan) to pay for postsecondary education if the student is enrolled in an eligible career pathway program. This webinar will deepen your understanding of the potential of ATB by explaining what it is, the history behind it, examples of its current use at a community college and in a state community college system, and how you could start the conversation at your college or in your state to expand or institutionalize ATB use.


Casey Sacks, deputy assistant secretary for community colleges, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Aaron Washington, management and program analyst, Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation

Laurie Kierstead-Joseph, director of adult education services, Pima Community College

Nikitna Barnes, assistant director for resource development, Mississippi Community College Board

Erin Berg, community college program specialist, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education


Register for this webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6478463650466604289 .