Montana LINCS Update


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1.   Montana ESOL Conference Summary


Click here to access a summary of the MT ESOL Conference along with resources.

·       Summary

·       Resources


2.   Montana TABE Training Documents Coming Soon!


Click here: to access documents from TABE training.  More coming soon!


3.   Montana Facts and Statistics Addition


Click here  to access McGraw-Hill Research Foundation’s Policy Paper:  ROI of Adult Education.  Check out Montana statistics!  Let others know about your good work!


4.   MABLE Documents Now Posted


MABLE FAQs:  Click here  

MABLE Tracking Assessment and Gain:  Click here

MABLE Data Cleanup:  Click here


5.   Montana GED Initiative


Click here to view more information about the Future ForGED.

“Through strong teamwork with education and training service providers, we will take the steps necessary to provide our citizens the training and skills they need to be employed and earn more money than they would without a GED. The GED is more than education attainment; it is about self-sufficiency and the skills attainment that will sustain Montana’s economic future.”
Denise Juneau, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Click here to view more information about the Future ForGED from Montana GED Director Margaret Bowles.


Many of you attended the GED Initiative meetings in December to share in the cross agency discussion on reaching out to youth who have left school and do not have a GED. The meeting helped shape the Future ForGED Initiative. This month is a soft launch, time to get the materials you selected out to the field … Margaret Bowles


6.   GED 21st Century Initiative


Taken from LINCS Assessment Discussion List

Click here  to access the new GED website.

Welcome to the new GED Testing Service, a groundbreaking partnership between ACE and Pearson VUE, two industry leading organizations with a common focus on adult learning. Combining a history in adult education with the world’s largest education company, we have partnered to provide hope of a better future and real opportunities for adult learners who don't have a high school credential.


Better jobs. Better educational opportunities. A better life.


The new GED Testing Service is committed to building a program to prepare and certify an adult learner’s readiness to pursue a college degree, advanced vocational training, or a job that requires the skills of a high school graduate to perform. Our far-sighted vision for the future is what we’re referring to as our GED 21st Century Initiative and our new partnership will accelerate our ability to realize this vision. 

We need your help. We encourage you to review the other materials available on this site, and keep coming back to learn more about our progress and how you can become a part of this Initiative. This is only the beginning.


Why was this partnership formed?

More than 39 million adult Americans do not have a high school credential and that number is increasing at an alarming rate.  The investments necessary to increase the speed and amplitude of our response to the growing problem called for outside-the-box thinking. This work could no longer be considered the exclusive domain of non-profit organizations and the government if real results were to be attained. The new entity, which will retain the GED Testing Service name, will combine the leading technology and test administration expertise of Pearson VUE with the extensive history of ACE and the current GED Testing Service in adult and continuing education. The result will greatly accelerate the development of a new career- and college-ready version of the GED Test.

Further, the resources provided through this partnership will ensure the future quality and integrity of the GED Test and allow ACE to focus additional efforts on strengthening adult and lifelong learning through the GED 21st Century Initiative.


7.   Technology Resource:  Google Alerts


Taken from LINCS Tech and DL Discussion List

Google Alerts:




I have set a Google Alert for health literacy. I get a daily listing of popular news, blogs, reports -- This allows me to follow the discourse on health literacy, which, of course, is ahead of the published literature and broader in scope. A useful supplement to research articles.  ss Sandra Smith, PhD Center for Health Literacy Promotion


I haven't used it but just signed up after receiving Nell's post. It took about 20 seconds. It sure seems like a quick and easy way to stay up to date on any given topic!



8.   Transitions:  Identifying Gateways for College and Career Success for Young Adults - Webinar Now Archived


Taken from World Education


The NCTN's own Silja Kallenbach and Cynthia Zafft, Scott Emerick from the YouthBuild USA Postsecondary Education Initiative, and Patricia Phillips from North Carolina’s Davidson County Community College shared, through dialogue and video clips, reform strategies and models aimed at promoting the college and career readiness of young adults. NCTN Director, Ellen Hewett, moderated the forum. The webinar was attended by more than 250 people. The webinar recording is now available to view at .


9.   Workforce Discussion:  How Do You Help Low-Skilled Adults Access and Succeed in Post-Secondary Education? 


Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List

How Do You Help Low-Skilled Adults Access and Succeed in Post-secondary Education? A Conversation with Practitioners in the Breaking Through Initiative


Please join us May 16 - 20 on the Workforce Competitiveness Discussion List for a discussion on lessons learned from the Breaking Through initiative and how you can adapt these strategies in your work. Click here to subscribe to the Workforce Discussion.


Breaking Through is a national initiative working with 41 community colleges in 22 states to help low-skilled adults prepare for and succeed in occupational and technical degree programs.  Counteracting high attrition rates in adult basic education and developmental education programs, Breaking Through colleges improve outcomes by focusing on strategies that create effective pathways through pre-college and degree-level programs and result in college completion. The initiative is proving that low-skilled adults can advance through remediation and credential programs within a reasonable time and with reasonable success. These strategies can be engaged by adult educators both within and outside of community colleges.


Some questions to be addressed in the discussion include:

* How do you work across diverse programs and services to create real pathways for lower-skilled adults?

* How do you accelerate learning to reduce time to completion for low-skilled students?

* What are the comprehensive support services needed and how do we make them available to our students?

* How do we ensure that students receive a labor market pay-off as they advance along their career pathways?


To read more about the effective practices developed by the Breaking Through initiative in response to these questions, please go to:


Discussion Guests will include Gloria Cross Mwase, Program Director, Jobs for the Future (which managed the Breaking Through initiative) as well as several practitioners profiled in the Breaking Through Practice Guide, including:

* Vicki Boyd, Director of Adult Education Services, Owensboro Community and Technical College

* Ellen O'Donnell, Dean, Division of Human Services, North Shore Community College

* Pat Phillips, Associate Dean, School of Foundational Studies, Davidson County Community College

* Amy Dalsimer, Director, Pre-College Academic Programming, LaGuardia Community College

* Elaine Baker, Director, Breaking Through, Community College of Denver


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