Montana LINCS Update


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1.  Montana ABLE ShopTalk Summary Posted


Click here  to read the ShopTalk Summary from March 20.

GEMS, L2A, GED, MPAEA, Distance Learning, Professional Development Roster, TATT, Performance Targets, MABLE, TANF 



2.  Montana MABLE Update


Click here to access a current copy of MABLE FAQ’s.


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


Conference Registration


Click here  to access conference information.


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 30.

National Information


4.  ABE Student Writing:  What’s Age Got to Do with It?


 Taken from LINCS Professional Development Discussion List


Click here  to access The Change Agent so that you may subscribe for the free electronic version.  The Change Agent is free online. Simply sign up for the electronic subscription.


This March brings the publication of a new issue of The Change Agent -- "What's Age Got to Do with It?" -- an inspiring look at the multi-generational classroom. There is so much great student writing in this issue -- and wonderful lessons for teaching basic skills. There is a great deal to benefit teachers and students -- engaging articles, multi-level material, ready-to-use lesson plans, and more … Keep in mind that The Change Agent is now available in audio, too. See our website for details.


The Change Agent is published by the New England Literacy Re­source Center/World Education.


Snippet from “What’s Age Got to Do with It?”


What’s age got to do with learning? We asked ABE students and allies this question, and they’ve answered it in this issue. Their responses are as diverse as the ABE classroom itself. According to our writers, young peo­ple are technology experts, have better memories, and can have surpris­ing and fresh interpretations of Shakespeare. But sometimes, the younger students don’t take class seriously, and they distract everyone with their jokes and their cell phones. Older students have a wealth of experience to share; they are patient listeners and models of resilience. And yet, they are sometimes stubborn and frustrated by change. The multi-generational classroom, it seems, is inspiring, and, yes, at times, aggravating.

Why are so many youth showing up in ABE? We explore that as well—examining the “bigger picture” behind the high school dropout rate and hearing directly from students for whom high school was not a good match. Read on to see how different states have chosen different strategies for responding to the needs of young adult learners. Whatever the age of your students, we think readers will see themselves and their own stories in the words of our writers. We hope this issue will bring many smiles, opportunities to practice basic skills and critical thinking, and hours of thoughtful discussion to the classroom.

—Cynthia Peters


Does your local program have any electronic student writings?  If so, please send the link to MTLINCS.


Click here  to check out student writings from the Billings Adult Education Academic Center.  Scroll to Adult Ed newsletter – Expressions.


5.  GED:  Lawsuit Targets Bogus Online GED Tests


 Taken from LINCS Professional Development Discussion List


Click here  to access the video link from Today show to view more information about the lawsuit.


As most of you know, nearly 800,000 adults take the GED® test each year on their path to better jobs, training, and education. Unfortunately, there are dishonest businesses online that offer fake GED® and high school diplomas, taking advantage of these well-intentioned adults.

GED Testing Service, in conjunction with ACE, has filed a federal lawsuit to shut down a network of fraudulent websites that are unlawfully using the GED® trademark. These sites mislead adult learners and award false high school equivalency and GED® test credentials. GED Testing Service has developed a public relations campaign to inform test-takers, third-party organizations, members of the media, GED Administrators™ and state adult education directors about the lawsuit. GED Testing Service went public with the suit this morning and was featured on The TODAY Show.


6.  GED:  Short-term Intensive GED Prep Models


 Taken from LINCS Transitions Discussion List


Due to the change coming with the GED, much discussion has taken place about current GED fast track models.  Here is a free, credible resource.


Readers Press – Free GED Test Prep Handbook

A couple of weeks ago, a free GED Test Prep Handbook was made available at the GED Teacher Resource Center on a page at this link:  This is a free, downloadable curriculum with lesson plans.  It is ideal for Boot Camp or Fast Track courses, but it is modular - so test prep lesson plans can also be integrated into regular GED classroom instruction.


7.  Professional Development:  National Teacher Credentialing


 Taken from LINCS Assessment Discussion List


Click here to access the paper just recently published by McGraw-Hill Research Foundation titled, “Improving Adult Education Teacher Effectiveness: A Call to Action for a New Credential.”


The press release is below and online at:


There was a discussion last summer on the Teacher Certification and Credentialing in Adult EducationNow there is one taking place on the Professional Development Discussion List at  .


8.  Workplace:  Webinar on 3/28 - Building Career Pathways: Roles for the Workforce Investment System


 Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List


Workforce3 One will require you to either already be in their system or to register for their system, but registration is free and will provide you with other good opportunities in a timely manner anyway.


Donna Brian

Facilitator, LINCS Workforce Competitiveness Discussion List

Off-list contact


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You're Invited
Building Career Pathways: Roles for the Workforce Investment System

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The Office of Workforce Investment continues its Career Pathways Webinar Series by focusing specifically on the roles that State and Local Workforce Investment Boards can play in the implementation of career pathway systems. The Webinar will provide the Regional Offices, State and Local Workforce Investment Boards, One-Stop Career Center staff, and workforce training partners with detailed examples and resources to support the various roles that the workforce investment system has in building successful career pathways for adults.


Mary Gardner Clagett, Director of Workforce Policy, Jobs for the Future
Linda Preysz, Special Assignments, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Pat Schramm, Executive Director, Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin
Artee Williams, Director, Arkansas Department of Workforce Development
Phil Harris, Assistant Director, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services


Andrala Walker, Workforce Analyst, Employment and Training Administration


March 28, 2012


2:00pm Eastern (1:00pm/Central, 12:00pm/Mountain, 11:00am/Pacific)


60 minutes

Do you have the agency partners at the table, but don’t know what to do next to get your career pathways initiative started?  This informative Webinar will provide strategies and proven examples of State and Local Workforce Investment Boards that have implemented career pathways with success with significant interagency partnerships.  Mary Gardner Clagett from Jobs for the Future (JFF) will introduce an overview of key roles for the workforce investment system to play, including the convening of agency partners, provision of up-to-date labor market information, and funding innovative training solutions.  She will also highlight JFF’s work with states on workforce credential attainment.  Further, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) will be joined by the states of Wisconsin and Arkansas to discuss how each state’s workforce investment system has helped to move career pathways forward and connect workers to good jobs.  This Webinar session will also be followed by a live chat with ETA on its Career Pathways Community of Practice! If you are not already a member of the Community, you may join at  Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear directly from practitioners and policymakers.

Registration for this Webinar is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register today!

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  2. Click the "Login Now" button and type in your email and password.  Then click the “Reserve Seat Now” button.  If you haven't updated your password within the past 90 days, you will be prompted to do so.  If you do not have a Workforce3 One account yet, you must create and activate an account before you can register for the webinar.  Click here to create your free account. Once you’ve created and subsequently activated your Workforce3 One account, please refer back to this email so that you may register for the free webinar.
  3. Once you have registered for the webinar event, you will receive an email with detailed instructions for accessing the webinar.  We ask that you listen to the audio portion of the live webinar via Internet Telephony (through your computer speakers). You will also be supplied with a teleconference number and access code if you must join using a telephone. If possible, we encourage you to use Internet Telephony, as we are limited in the number of teleconference lines and the more people that use Internet Telephony, the more capacity we have for those that must join using a telephone.  If anything changes and you no longer wish to attend, please go to your dashboard on and remove your registration.

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