Montana LINCS Update


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1.   Montana ABLE Learning To Achieve:  An Opportunity to Learn Cutting Edge Information-Teacher Volunteers Needed


              Click here Learning to Achieve.  Learning to Achieve is a research-based training on serving adults with learning disabilities.  


2.   Montana ABLE Career Pathway Update


Click here  to access more information about the Montana ABLE Career Pathway Update. See Career Pathway.


3.   Montana ABLE Distance Learning Update


Click here  to access updated information about GED Online.


4.   Montana ABLE ESOL Study Circle Update


Click here Conference call Monday 12/13 at 3:30!   


5.   Montana GED Initiative:  GED for the Future


Click here to access more information about the Governorís State Workforce Investment Board Youth councilís statewide GED initiative.


6.   Montana Content Area Websites:  Have a website to share? 


Click here to access the Montana Content Area Websites which is now a link on the Teacher/Tutor page at  Are you using a website that you think others may like?  Share it!


If you have any content area websites you would like to recommend to others, click here to email the website to MTLINCS.


7.   ESL:  Discussion on How do Language and Culture Affect Workplace Success?


There will be a discussion on the adult English language acquisition(ELA) discussion list during the week of December 13- 17 that may be of interest to many of you on the diversity list. I know we would appreciate your input.  The topic is "How do Language and Culture Affect Workplace Success? " The guest facilitator is Joan Pougiales.


Discussion Description


"How Do Language and Culture Affect Workplace Success" will explore subtle cultural differences of communicative style - those rules of communication that are followed more or less unconsciously, but which change from culture to culture, and thus are frequently implicated in misunderstandings, stereotypes, and discrimination in the workplace. It is expected that at the end of the discussion, list subscribers will have identified some of the communication challenges - besides English ability - facing English language learner (ELL) workers, and that the discussion will generate some strategies for improving these English language learners' chances for success in the U.S. workplace.


For a brief biography of Dr. Pougiales, a more detailed discussion description, and a link to a reading related to the discussion, go to


If you are already a member of the adult ELA list, you may simply post messages at


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8.   Reading


Click here  to an interesting article in 2010 about the relationship between IQ and reading. They appear to indicate that typical readers and dyslexic readers have a different relationship between IQ and reading ability.


Taken from the LD LINCS Discussion List


9.   Workforce -  Certificates Count:  An Analysis of Sub-baccalaureate Certificates


Click here to read Certificates Count.


Some interesting points as reported by Donna Brian, Moderator, LINCS Workforce Competitiveness Discussion List were made in the webcast.


       Certificates take people where they are and move them up the career ladder.

       Certificates involving less than one year of study are generally for incumbent workers to upgrade skills needed for their current job. These certificates generally allow workers to keep up with developing fields and often do not result in much of a financial return for the worker.

       Longer term certificates, 1-2 yrs and/or 2-4 yrs, have solid and consistent labor market returns. 

       Longer term certificate programs have a 50-65% completion rate due to their focus and clear competencies. This is higher than community college completion rates.

       Certificate programs are of particular benefit to those who are not now achieving success in traditional pathways.

       2/3 of all certificates go to females, primarily in the health care field.

       Minorities make up a greater proportion of certificate programs than their proportion in the population.

       Oklahoma, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee have publicly funded technical schools that take the lead in awarding certificates.

       Itís important for certificate programs to partner with business to provide certificates in training that the businesses want to hire.

       Since each state and each institute awarding certificates sets their own standards, there is wide variance in what the certificates actually represent. 

       The panelists felt that there need to be tighter standards.

       States should do labor market analysis to track the effectiveness of certificate programs.



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