Montana LINCS Update

12/19/11

Greetings from Montana LINCS

  

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Go to the Email Archives in the upper left-hand corner on the home page at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/index.htm

 

Happy Holidays!

May you have a holiday filled with the music of laughter

and the warmth of family and friends!

Look for the next MTLINCS email in 2012!

 

 

Montana ABLE Information

 

1.  MTLINCS Programs and Activities

Need to know which programs are part of the Montana ABLE system?  Want to check on posted Program and Student Highlights?  Check out MTLINCS Programs and Activities.

Programs and Activities

Click on Programs and Activities which is located at the top left-hand column under State News and Events on the MTLINCS homepage at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/index.htm. You will find contact information for Montana ABLE programs along with a link to the Program and Student Highlights.

If the information for your program is incorrect or more information is available to be posted, please email MTLINCS at mtlincs@gmail.com.

Can’t find what you are looking for?  Send a message to MTLINCS at mtlincs@gmail.com .

 

2.  Montana ABLE Learning to Achieve Online Assignment

Just a reminder to complete the L2A online module assignment - deadline is 1/18/11.

Click here to access Online Module Directions posted on the L2A Resource page.

National Information

3.  Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) Newsletter:  Information about WIA and AEEGA Fact Sheet

 

Taken from LINCS English Language Acquisition Discussion List

Click here http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs067/1102572750256/archive/1108926173337.html to access the CAAL Newsletter.

 

This issue provides you with an update on the Workforce Investment Act along with the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act (AEEGA).  An interesting a fact sheet on the AEEGA has been prepared.

 

Snippets from the Fact Sheet

 

Raising Expectations for States, Education Providers and Adult Learners

 

By 2018, economists predict that 63 percent of jobs will require a postsecondary education, yet, today, only 55 percent of adults have at least some college education. The nation’s ability to meet the demand for a higher-skilled workforce depends on increasing the education levels of adults currently in the workforce. If we do not, economists predict the U.S. will face a future labor shortage of at least three million workers. A growing wage gap between higher- and lower-educated workers also increases the urgency of helping workers access further education and training. Lower-educated workers are more likely to earn lower wages, be unemployed, have children who do not go to college, and have health problems that impact their longevity and economic well-being.

 

AEEGA strengthens the focus on postsecondary “transition and success” for students at every basic skill level.

 

Under current law, the most prevalent model of adult education focuses on the GED as the ultimate goal. Yet passing the GED does not denote college readiness and may take the lowest-skilled students years to accomplish. AEEGA puts incentives in place to help ensure students in adult education are well-prepared for postsecondary education, not just receipt of a GED or secondary school diploma. It also supports instructional models that accelerate progress toward a student’s postsecondary goals, even for those students at the lowest skill levels.

 

AAEGA encourages the use and availability of career pathways for low-skilled adults.

 

For many low-skilled adults, the journey to a postsecondary credential requires navigating several different public and private programs in workforce, adult education, postsecondary, and health and human services systems. These systems are often disconnected, making it difficult for a student to quickly progress to successively higher levels of education, regardless of his or her beginning skill level. AEEGA encourages the use and availability of “career pathways” that connect education, training, and social services to help learners advance over time in a specific occupational area.

4.  Learning Disabilities and Career Pathways

 

Taken from LINCS Learning Disabilities Discussion List

With the emphasis on career pathways today, I thought you would be interested in the following article from LD.org (National Center for Learning Disabilities - http://www.ncld.org/in-the-home/parenting-issues/activities-for-daily-living/life-after-high-school-helping-your-eleventh-or-twelfth-grader-with-career-preparation-and-fit ).

 

Rochelle Kenyon, Moderator

 

P.S.  Remember -- if you are having trouble with the links in this email, go to the Email Archives at the top of the MTLINCS homepage at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/ .  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

norenehp@bresnan.net