CLASP explores Integrated Education and Training (IET) in its April 2017 brief. Integrated Education and Training (IET) is a research-proven educational practice based in adult learning theory. To be part of a comprehensive career pathway, IET programs need a sector focus and robust participant supports. Focusing on sectors that have value in the regional labor market provides greater opportunity for quality employment.

It is important to note the role of IET in career pathways. Career pathways are an integrated service delivery model across education and workforce development that allow local areas to design solutions leveraging the strengths of workforce development and education across the spectrum. Under title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), also known as the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), IET is the instructional strategy for career pathways, and elements “D” and “E” from the WIOA definition of a career pathway align with the IET elements of concurrent activity and contextualization as acceleration strategies.