Essential Ed Workforce Readiness

Essential Ed Workforce Readiness

Essential Ed offers online, self-paced workforce readiness courses that adult education programs can integrate into their Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act–related instruction.

What This Includes

Skill addressed: Written Communication, Problem-Solving, Work Ethic, Attitude, Conflict Resolution, Financial Literacy

Learner resources

  • Self-paced Computer Essentials online digital literacy course
  • Self-paced Work Essentials online job search and workplace success skills course
  • Money Essentials finance and money-management skills course
  • Certificates of achievement for each course available upon successful completion of a final assessment
  • Dream Catcher Advance career planning course
  • Duolingo English language learning course with coaching

Instructor and program resources

  • The Diagnostic Center for each course gives instructors individual student and class progress reports
  • Work Essentials online instructional program is WIOA–compliant
  • The WIOA Manual, a downloadable guide for implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in adult education

Key Takeaways

  • Self-paced, online skills-based courses are computer- and mobile-friendly and could be used in classroom settings, distance learning or individualized learning.
  • The Diagnostic Center for each course gives instructors detailed individual student and class learning and skill mastery reports, which can be used for advising, goal setting, reporting, and planning for group work.
  • The adaptive Computer Essentials course covers fundamental digital literacy skills as well as digital skills needed for computer-based testing, college-level courses, and the workplace.
  • Work Essentials uses animated interview and workplace situational-based stories to teach workplace success skills, such as having a positive attitude, learning to resolve conflict, and critical thinking and problem solving.
  • The courses are relevant for High School Equivalency students as well as job seekers and college students.
  • Courses take approximately 6–7 hours to complete.

1. Essential Education Corp was founded in 2007. It is a provider of online, blended, and print Adult Basic Education courses for adult education programs in community settings, correctional facilities, and programs with limited or no internet access. Courses are aligned with the federal government’s College and Career Readiness Standards. Essential Ed offers preparation courses which are endorsed by the test makers for Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) 11/12, CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System) Measurable Skills Gain, and online high school equivalency instruction for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). The organization also offers professional development courses for adult educators.


Critical & Creative Thinking

Digital Literacy

Leadership & Initiative

Navigating & Using Information

Teamwork & Collaboration

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