Montana LINCS Update


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1.   Montana ABLE Training:  BEST+ and TABE


Click here  to view information about BEST+ and TABE training for MT ABLE programs.


2.   Montana ABLE ESOL Conference:  May 3 & 4


Click here to view information about the 2011 ESOL Conference for MT ABLE programs.


3.   Montana ABLE Facts and Statistics:  Continue to be informed and inform others!


Click here to view current facts and statistics about Montana ABLE.  Information to meet your needs is offered in a variety of formats:  lists, pictures, etc.  The Facts and Statistics link is always on the MTLINCS homepage at .  Just look on the left-hand side under About Literacy



4.   MAACE:  What Are Your Montana Colleagues Doing?


Click here  to check out what your Montana colleagues have been doing. 

The MAACE link is always on the MTLINCS homepage at .  Just look below the star and click on Montana Association for Adult and Community Education - MAACE.


5.   LINCS:  Future Discussions – Stay tuned for more information!


Date Held


Discussion List

March 21 – 25

Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs—Oh my!—A Follow Up Discussion of Using Social Media in Teaching and Professional Development

Professional Development

March 28 - April 1

The Impact of Domestic Violence in Adult Education

Diversity and Literacy

May 2 - 6

Adult Literacy Growth Over Time: Different Views With Different Lenses and Measures

Reading and Writing Skills

May 9 - 13

Breaking Through: Helping Lower-Skilled Adults Succeed in College and Careers

Workforce Competitiveness



6.   Numeracy:  Research


Taken from LINCS Numeracy Discussion List

There is a great deal of research in the field of adults learning mathematics.  Much of it has been presented at the annual Adults Learning Mathematics conference which then publishes articles in a proceedings volume.  Most, if not all, of the back issues are available through their website .  There has also been an adult working group at ICME since 1996 and three conferences, 1996, 2000, and 2008 have resulted in published volumes of papers from the conferences ...

Katherine Safford-Ramus, Ed.D., Professor of Mathematics, Mathematics Department
Saint Peter's College
Jersey City, NJ 07306


7.   Transitions:  Reports


Taken from LINCS Transitions Discussion List

Beyond Basic Skills:  State Strategies to Connect Low-Skilled Students to an Employer-Valued Postsecondary Education   describes strategies that state policymakers can use to strengthen connections between basic skills education and postsecondary education to help lower-skilled adults and out-of-school youth attain the postsecondary credential they need to advance in the labor market.


As a Path to a Degree, the GED is Rerouted With Students' Needs in Mind

If you have access to a digital subscription to The Chronicle of Higher Education, click here to read the article titled "As a Path to a Degree, the GED is Rerouted With Students' Needs in Mind" published in the March 11, 2011 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The article highlights an interesting bridge-type program at LaGuardia Community College in NY... with a major focus on preparing GED passers to be successful in their college studies such as avoiding enrollment in remedial courses and eventually earning certificates/degrees*

*according to research done by the GED Testing Service, about 78% of GED passers (2003 cohort) enrolled in two-year colleges or certificate programs, but less than 12% had earned degrees or certificates by fall 2009.

8.   Workforce:  Career Pathways


Taken from LINCS Workforce Competitiveness Discussion List

The Alternative Staffing Report

Last summer, we devoted an issue of The Alternative Staffing Report to distance learning approaches that can help workers obtain their GED and other certifications to access higher wage jobs. As a follow-up, the current issue focuses on community college initiatives designed to help low-wage adults complete post-secondary credentials that pay higher wages and meet employer demand.

In addition, the report highlights opportunities for alternative staffing organizations to partner with community colleges to strengthen course offerings, support experiential learning and improve job placements. Developing relationships with community college workforce programs also offers ways for ASOs to deliver value to employer customers and support workers to continue their education.

Please visit our website to read the current issue'11.pdf . You can also browse past issues of the report …


Janet Van Liere, Member Services Coordinator, Alternative Staffing Alliance


Ohio Stackable Certificates

In Ohio, we have ABLE stackable certificates – Basic Skills, Advanced Skills, and Oral Communication Skills, that are issued at the program level but have “backing” from our state office. We have not had any issue with calling these certificates. Granted they don’t have any high-stakes value as originally intended; anecdotally, teachers said the certificates help with student persistence. Lower level students are motivated to get a  basic skills “University System” certificate. The advanced certificate identifies college readiness skills which helps the postsecondary bound students identify the gaps between GED and college readiness.


Basic Skills Certificate

in recognition of verified skills in accordance with the standards

set forth by the University System of Ohio

Donna Albanese

ABLE Consultant

Ohio Board of Regents


Click here for more information.



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