Montana LINCS Update


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1.    Montana ABLE ShopTalk Summary Posted


Click here to read the ShopTalk Summary from October 16.

Federal Updates, LINCS Research Highlights, Distance Learning, Reading Standards, Math Standards, ABLE Wiki, Program Policy, MABLE, DQ, GED


2.  Montana ABLE Regional Math TATT Training


Western Regional Math TATT 2012


·       When:          November 2, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

·       Where:         Lifelong Learning Center, Missoula


Click here for more information. 


National Information

3.  Career Pathways:  Building Strategic Partnerships Webinar “Takeaways”

Taken from LINCS Community:  Career Pathways

Key takeaways from the webinar included the following:

·        Learning about your partner agencies’ programs, regulations and priorities is crucial to building a system across agencies and making the most of each agency’s resources and strengths. It takes a long time but builds trust, understanding, and quality of both planning and implementation of career pathways programs and activities.

·        There are challenges when it comes to working with partners to build strategic Adult Education Career Pathways partnerships. There will be instances where your system is unable to support something your partner suggests – stay flexible and be ready to come up with alternative solutions. Keep in mind that a mutual timeframe is important to work off of but always establish contingency timelines.

·        Adult Education programs and community college programs working with adults without high school credentials, like Middle College, VA, (click here) should be doing career exploration and planning from day one, so that the adults are looking beyond the basic literacy and GED completion to what comes next. We must stress what comes next if we are to ensure lifelong learning.

·        Help Adult Education students focus as early as possible on the career they are interested in and introduce them to entry level jobs in their career field early on. Focusing on a goal is a retention tool and getting them experience along the way helps achieve that end goal.

·        Get teachers involved in building partnerships. The most important thing in the schools happens in the classrooms between teachers and students. Let teachers ask the questions while the program administrator facilitates building a relationship with the partner organization.

·        “Must have” partners to grow a strong Career Pathways System include groups with financial aid, foundations, any partners that facilitate internships so students get real world experience, and partners who can provide wraparound services. The key thing is to work with whoever is willing to work with you to get your momentum going.

4.  Career Pathways:  Research - Get With the Program: Accelerating Community College Students' Entry into and Completion of Programs of Study

Taken from LINCS Community:  Career Pathways

Click here (and click on the pdf symbol at the bottom of the page) to access research that highlights the importance of students entering a program of study as soon as possible. Students who do not enter a program within a year of enrollment are far less likely to ever enter a program and therefore less likely to earn a credential. The research paper, Get With the Program: Accelerating Community College Students' Entry into and Completion of Programs of Study, offers suggestions for ways community colleges can rethink their practices at key stages of students' engagement to substantially increase rates of program entry and completion.

What is our (Adult Basic Education) role in making sure that our students have selected a program of study as they make the transition from adult ed to college? How can we be more deliberate in our practice to support our students' options ...

Priyanka.Sharma, Coordinator, National College Transition Network at World Education, Inc.


... it would seem that this quote would suggest that adult education and community colleges should do a better job of helping the adult learner find a career pathway. That's how I'm seeing the content of this group's (Career Pathways Group) interests: the wider counseling, supportive, networking, instruction, guidance, exploring, goal setting that helps a learner begin to focus their pathway to a career …

Donna Brian, Career Pathways Moderator

 5.  Correctional Education:  Take Charge of Your Future Guide

Taken from LINCS Community:  Correctional Education


Click here to access the guide, Take Charge of Your Future.

This Guide is designed for people who are incarcerated and for those on community supervision (probation and parole).

Note to Users of the Guide:

It (the Guide) will help you get started—or continue—on the path to further education and training. Earning a high school credential, getting a certificate or license in a ca­reer technical field, or earning an associate or bachelor’s degree will help you advance in your career, and, ultimately, life. You’ll have more to of­fer employers, and you’ll improve your chances of getting and keeping a good job—and earning promotions. You’ll increase the amount of mon­ey you can earn, gain new skills, and make new contacts. In fact, 2010 U.S. Census figures show that people with higher levels of education earn more money. On average, people with four-year college degrees who worked full time earned $57,026 a year, compared to $44,086 for those with an associate degree, $34,197 for high school grad­uates, and $27,470 for high school dropouts.1 Continuing your education and training also can help strengthen your role in your family and community.

1 Julian, Tiffany A., and Robert A. Kominski. 2011. “Education and Synthetic Work-Life Earnings Estimates.” American Community Survey Reports, ACS-14. Washington, DC: U.S. Census Bureau. Accessed on March 5, 2012. .

This Guide is designed so that you can go through it from start to finish, or just read or print out the chapters that you need most. It covers the steps involved in setting goals, getting orga­nized, finding employment, and pursuing your education, from a high school credential to a college diploma. It also provides advice about getting money to pay for your education. It won’t answer every question, but it will direct you to resources where you can get your questions answered and get more information. The Guide does not provide information on services in specific states, but, wher­ever possible, it suggests a way to find that information.

6.  Disabilities in Education:  Dyslexia Decoded

Taken from LINCS Community:  Disabilities in Education


Click here to access videos on Dyslexia Decoded.

The video clips include commentary on dyslexia by academics, literacy and workplace specialists, and adults with dyslexia. The clips have been produced primarily for literacy and vocational educators with the overall aim of raising awareness about dyslexia.

7.  ESL and Reading:  Easy to Read Newspapers

Taken from LINCS Community:  Adult English Language Learners


·        Northwest News at .

·        The Times at .


·        Easy English News at .

·        News for You at . (Reading Levels 3-6 with audio)

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