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Montana LINCS Update
Greetings from Montana LINCS

1.  MT LINCS Research Item

Twice a month MT LINCS will send a snippet of research your way.  Let MT LINCS know what you think about the research item and how it might impact your program.  If you have any research you would like to share with other Montana ABLE participants, click here and send it to MT LINCS to post.


High School Dropout Rate

High school dropout rates are staggering.  Every year, one in three young adults—more than 1.2 million people—drop out of high school. Even more alarming, many high school graduates who do complete high school lack basic skills and readiness for job training and college.

Reach Higher, America:  Overcoming Crisis in the U.S. Workforce, Executive Summary, Report of the National Commission on Adult Literacy, June 2008. National Commission on Adult Literacy, 


Has the drop-out rate impacted your ABLE program?  If so, how? 

Click here to mail a response to MT LINCS.



2.  Montana ABLE:  A Shining Star in Montana

Have you seen the new and improved MT LINCS website?  Check it out at  Click on the Montana ABLE star points to see what's happening in Montana.

3.  MT LINCS Email Archives

All MT LINCS emails are now posted at  You will now see the link at the top of the MT LINCS homepage.
4.  Presentations Posted from Montana ABLE Data Quality and GED/ABLE Meeting
PDF's of the following powerpoints have been posted at :
  • Distance Learning
  • MABLE Primary Area of Instruction

5 Montana ABLE Leadership Academy

Just a reminder to the participants of the Leadership Academy - the ProLiteracy link is now active.

6.  MAACE Board Minutes

Click here for minutes from the September 16 MAACE Board meeting.

7.  MPAEA 2009 Call for Presenters

Planning for the MPAEA's 2009 Conference (Lifelong Learning: It's More Than Luck!) to be held March 1-4 at the Tuscany Hotel in Las Vegas is in full swing!

Pre-conference sessions are booked, but there is still some room on the stages March 2-4. There are openings for presentations geared to ABE/literacy, ESL, GED, Corrections, family literacy, and community, continuing, and higher education.

The Call for Presenters, due September 30, is posted at; Program Chair is Kathy Biagi, ,  775/684-3341.
Sharyn Yanoshak
 Leadership Activities, ABE Nevada
 Phone/fax: 702.253.6280

8.  Dyslexia Discussion on Learning Disabilities Discussion List

The Dyslexia Research Registry: Making the Difference in Reading Research

The goals of this discussion are the following:

1. To introduce you to the Dyslexia Research Registry and to explain how it works.
2. To inform you about some of the research topics associated with this lab.
3. To discuss the importance of research in understanding reading and dyslexia.
4.To let you know how you can become involved in research through the Dyslexia Research Registry.

To subscribe:  

To read archived messages:

9.  National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Focuses on Dropouts (Info taken from OVAE)


Nearly 3.5 million civilian, noninstitutionalized 16- through 24-year-olds were not enrolled in high school and had not earned a high school diploma or its equivalent in October 2006, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). A new NCES report, Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006, provides data about trends in dropout and completion rates over three decades, from 1972—2006, including characteristics of dropouts and completion rates during those years.


10.  Community College Symposium Now on the Web (Info taken from OVAE)

OVAE’s June National Community College Symposium held in Washington, D.C., is now available as a webcast. The meeting of college experts contributed to the research base for OVAE’s community college initiatives. It followed the March 2007, Secretary’s Summit on Higher Education, which was based on findings and recommendations from the 2006 Commission on the Future of Higher Education that offered an action plan for a 21st-century higher education system.


P.S.  Remember -- if you are having trouble with the links in this email, go to the Email Archives at the top of the MT LINCS homepage at .  Also if you no longer wish to receive this mailing, please let me know!  Thanks!

Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101