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1.   Common Core Standards Released


Common Core Article

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Common Core Standards and Information

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Common Core Standards Blog - Technology

Click here  to access comments about the technology in Common Core Standards:  New Common Core Standards – Where’s the Tech?


2.   Transitions:  Free Resources to Create Career Pathways and Postsecondary Transitions

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The Illinois Community College Board has released a step-by-step guide, How to Build Bridge Programs That Fit Into a Career Pathway, which provides information on how to develop successful bridge programs to tap the talents of low-skilled adults. The guide is based on the achievements of Carreras en Salud, a health care bridge program created by Chicago’s Instituto del Progreso Latino and its partners, the National Council of La Raza, Association House of Chicago, and Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center of Wilbur Wright College. This partnership was supported by the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the Joyce Foundation as part of its multi-year, multi-million dollar state policy initiative, Shifting Gears. That initiative is re-engineering adult education, workforce development and postsecondary education policies to expand job opportunities for low-skilled workers in six Midwestern states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin). Meanwhile, Jobs for the Future (JFF) is distributing its recent The Breaking Through Practice Guide. Breaking Through is a collaboration between Jobs for the Future and the National Council for Workforce Education. The practice guide highlights innovations from Breaking Through between 2005 and 2009. Each of its four components offers a “high-leverage strategy” to increase success with low-skilled younger and older adults. The practice guide also contains a contextualization toolkit and supplementary materials, including information about JFF's advisor training materials.

3.   Workplace:  Jobs and Career Ladders for the Hard to Serve

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Webinar Invitation
WIRED TAT Webinar Series: Jobs and Career Ladders for the Hard to Serve

This webinar will highlight successful initiatives that help place low-skilled individuals into career pathways with growth potential.    


Melissa Mack, Social Scientist, Social Policy Research Associates
Linda Collins, Executive Director, Career Ladders Project
Gloria Mwase, Program Director, Jobs for the Future
Doug Durliat, Director, West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium
Kristina Payne, Workforce Investment Manager, Lane Workforce Partnership


Vinz Koller, Director of Training, Social Policy Research Associates




1:00pm Eastern (12:00pm/Central, 11:00Am/Mountain, 10:00am/Pacific)


90 minutes

During this webinar, we will hear from programs that have developed successful strategies to help hard-to-employ individuals enter training programs connected to career pathways.  The programs represent a mix of urban and rural initiatives, are geographically widespread, work with a range of hard-to-employ populations, and offer a range of options for organizations hoping to develop a career pathway approach to training and placement.  Common to each of these programs is the high level of engagement with employers and/or industry sectors, partnerships with community-based organizations and training providers to attract and support hard-to-employ participants, and the focus on integrating basic skills remediation with occupational training. This webinar will be of use to workforce investment board (WIB) members, WIB staff, and program developers/administrators who are interested in starting a program from scratch or expanding an existing incumbent worker initiative to hard-to-employ individuals.

Register Now!!!
Registration for this Webinar is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please click the link below to login to Workforce3 One and register today!

PLEASE NOTE: We encourage multiple participants to join the live Webinar from one location. A recording and transcript of this Webinar will be posted to Workforce3 One within two business days after the live event.


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