Montana LINCS Update


Greetings from Montana LINCS


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1.  Montana ABLE Policies and Procedures


Click here  to access Montana ABLE Policies and Procedures.


New Postings:

·       Accepting TABE Scores from Other Facilities

·       Social Security Numbers for Students


2.  Montana Distance Learning:  Best Practice - Resources


Click here   to download a pdf of the Distance Learning PowerPoint presented during a Montana ABLE Distance Learning conference call on March 2. 


Click here to access all other documents presented during the MT DL Conference Call.



3.  MPAEA Conference 2012 in Helena:  Outstanding Montana Student Award


MPAEA Outstanding Student Award


During the conference, MPAEA would like to acknowledge a quality student from each Montana program.


Criteria are:


·       One student will be recognized from each program that nominates a student. The form must be completed, saved, and emailed to Ellen Guettler at .


·       The student should have been enrolled within the program year and have made significant progress or have had a positive impact through example on fellow students in the program.


Click here to access the form!  Deadline is Friday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m.

National Information


4.  Transitions:   Minnesota FastTRAC Adult Career Pathway Model


 Taken from LINCS Transitions Discussion List


Minnesota has recently received legislative approval to implement its FastTRAC adult career pathway model. FastTRAC—training, resources and credentialing—is a collaboration among state, local, and national partners to align their resources to achieve long-term outcomes for adult learners and to meet the common skills needs of Minnesota businesses. By 2013, community and technical colleges may offer FastTRAC programs and Minnesota’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) system will be a required partner in all of them. Pairs of ABE and college instructors will co-teach bridge and integrated courses for credit.


To make attaining a postsecondary degree manageable and to ensure employment, the program provides basic skills, targets occupations in high demand by local employers, and is tailored to adults who are managing many responsibilities, such as working full-time and taking care of a family. Career and academic advising and support services, such as childcare and transportation are offered.   To date, 88 percent of participants in FastTRAC credit-bearing, integrated ABE/postsecondary courses have successfully completed.


Please visit the FastTRAC website at for more information.


Ellen Hewitt


5.  Workplace - Career Pathways Toolkit:  Six Elements for Success


Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List

Click here  


Developed for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration by Social Policy Research Associates, the Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success offers a clear and user-friendly road map for those seeking to develop career pathway systems at local, regional, and/or state levels.  It details the Six Key Elements Framework, highlights promising practices, and provides tools designed to support visioning and strategic planning.  Check out the Toolkit online by clicking hereSee other resources and tools for developing career pathway systems on the Career Pathways Initiative Community of Practice.


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