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Empowering Adult Learners to Stand Out in the Workforce

19 April 2023

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In the United States, shifts in adult education facilitated by WIOA and CCRS now place a stronger emphasis on workforce readiness and career development. This session will demonstrate how we can help students learn to evaluate their current skills and personal drive to reach for success to make lifetime goals and plan for their futures.


Rob Jenkins
Rob Jenkins is a popular presenter and author of English as a Second Language topics. He is a retired faculty member from Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education where he taught ESL for 27 years and served as faculty development coordinator for 20. He was honored with several faculty awards from his college and the Best Practice of Model Program Award in 2013 from the Association of Community and Continuing Education. Rob and Staci Johnson received the 2013 Heinle Outstanding Achievement Award from National Geographic Learning for their textbook series, Stand Out.  

Staci Johnson
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with other cultures and languages. I love to travel and every place I go, the first thing I want to do is meet the people, learn their language, and understand their culture. Becoming an ESL teacher was a perfect way to turn what I love to do into my profession. There’s nothing more incredible than the exchange of teaching and learning from one another that goes on in an ESL classroom. And there’s nothing more rewarding than helping a student succeed.

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