Montana Career Pathways Updates

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October 2015
Moving Pathways Forward:  Logic Model Information

Good Afternoon Career Pathways Teams,
As promised I am sending you the logic model template and the directions that we used at the conference last week. I am also attaching the three templates you worked on as regions, as you may want to refer to the initial regional model as you complete your program model.  Also attached is Judy’s completed sample model for your reference.
I believe this logic model will be a wonderful resource for you to share with new and existing partners, advisory boards, and community stakeholders. So, it is very important that you have time to make this a meaningful document that truly reflects the work of your program.  I will be sending you a due date after I visit with Judy about the upcoming project activities.

Click here to access Logic Model CP Resources.

September 2015
DACUM Information


June 2015

Good Afternoon Pilot Team,

I spent time with Judy Alamprese this afternoon planning our September meeting, and Judy will need your Instructional  Materials Review Form prior to our September meeting on September 2nd & 3rd in Billings. This form will provide a window into your classrooms that she will need to lead this project, and prior analysis will be necessary. Please complete the forms for each subject area taught; reading, math, science, language arts, and social studies.

This should be sent to me by August 14th. Please contact me if you have any questions.

I am looking forward to working with you all on this project.



April 2015
Go to CP Resources to access homework assignments

March 2015


I have spent the past two days with the Big Sky Career Pathway coordinators, and it was time well spent. I am so grateful that we now have such collaboration with our postsecondary partners. The pathway coordinators are very enthusiastic about the new roll of ABE; it is exciting and at the same time a huge culture change for everyone. I find it is still difficult for people outside of ABE to remember we are changing so quickly, and high school equivalency is only the part of the ABE mission.

Your postsecondary partners plan on  working hard to develop pathway transition models that will meet the needs of both programs and  state workforce needs. We discussed that this is a wonderful time for innovation and creativity. Each program will likely develop a very unique model. I do want you to know that I emphasized that the MCIS/PEP Talk will be completed at the ABE program level, and that our postsecondary partners can expect students with career plans! The students’ MCIS portfolio will not only be the students passport to transition to postsecondary, but it will also give you the data you will need for number of student career portfolios created.

I was pleased to hear the coordinators talking about documents they have downloaded to help guide them in their new role of supporting adults in their chosen pathway. The ABE Career Connections was mentioned as one they are already using. I have attached that. I have also attached the AECAP report and a link to Help Adult Learners Make the Transition to Postsecondary, both written by Judy Alamprese! I would suggest you download and have these in a binder when you meet with your partners. I think it would helpful in creating you transition model.

2015 rebrand is going to be exciting!



Adult Coordination and Planning (AECAP Report)

Career Pathways Toolkit:  Six Elements for Success

Helping Adult Learners Mak

February 2015


Moving Pathways Forward:  Calendar of Due Dates




·        OPI will share with post-secondary

Revised Homework


·        Ongoing

Strategic Plan


·        Directors’ Meeting

Sharing Strategic Plan


Final Strategic Plan and Reflection Paper



Spring 2016


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December 2014
12/1 Email

After reviewing the November pathways conference call notes our coaches have revised the labor market homework template and the resources for you to use.  This is the new information and labor market template you were promised in the email sent before Thanksgiving.  (Click here for Resources.)

Below is the rationale from the coaches:

Attached are the following: (1) revised Labor Market Information Form for ABE staff to complete instead of the form they received at the Fall Regional Meeting, (2) the  Montana Job Projections, 2012-2022 report that ABE staff should use in completing the Labor Market Information Form, and 3) the Montana Job Projections  spreadsheet from the MT Department of Labor and Industry website that ABE staff can refer to for additional information about labor market projections in their region.  

To complete the Labor Market Information Form,  ABE staff should first identify the jobs in each cluster that require an Associate’s degree or a high school diploma or the equivalent. The remaining information on the Labor Market Information Form should then be completed for each of these jobs.  Once the entire list is assembled, ABE staff may choose to delete the jobs for each sector with lowest growth rates.   

I will forward any questions you have to the coaches. If you have completed the original template, you can turn that in if you prefer. But, the new resources will help you greatly in your labor market research.

Call me if you would like to discuss this further.


November 2014
11/25 Email

Coaches’ Comments on Regional Conference Calls to Assist You in Completing Your Homework by January 15th:


o   You are highly encouraged to focus on developing a partnerships with your local one-stop agency since the local ABE provider survey results indicated that there were not a lot of existing partnerships and since this is a requirement in the new WIOA legislation.

o   You are also strongly encouraged to have  at least one partnership with a postsecondary institution or training opportunity.


o   Judy went on the Montana Department of Labor and Industry website and found an Excel file of statewide labor market projections for 2012 – 2022. The data is organized by Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes and includes information on education requirements, job training, median wages, and projected employment levels, and is grouped by five regions within the state. Judy will work on adjusting the labor market data form and will send me an updated labor market data form, along with the Excel file and email text to redistribute to the local programs. The local programs can then complete the labor market analysis form using the Excel file. Judy believe this will make this portion of your homework much easier.

§  The purpose of this activity is to get program staff familiar with their local labor market. Judy states that ABE is not training for discrete jobs; rather, ABE is training students to target their interests and how those interests map on to the current projected labor market. This activity also allows local program staff to approach partners with concrete data; rather than their perceptions of the local labor market. Local program staff can dig deeper to focus on identifying occupations within the SOC codes.

Before February Meeting: 

Read the AECAP report. Of particular interest to the MT ABE programs are: (1) the section that describes the AIDDE© Planning Process (pages 5-7) and the section that discusses local-level agency coordination (pages 29-39). 

AECAP Report



All regions will be meeting from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with the exception of the Eastern meeting.    The Eastern Region meeting start at 10:30 am and go to 2:30 pm.

Eastern Regional Meeting  -Billings -  October 21, 2014

This includes Billings, Forsyth, Dawson Community College, Hardin, Miles Community College

Billings is hosting this regional meeting at the Lincoln Center, 415 North 30th Street, Room 111

South Western – Bozeman - October 22, 2014

This includes Anaconda, Deer Lodge, Bozeman, Butte, Montana State Prison, Livingston.

Bozeman is hosting this regional meeting at the Willson School Commons, 404 West Main Street.  The Commons is on the second floor, SW corner, only accessible by stairs. 

Northern – Great Falls – October 27, 2014

This includes Havre, Helena, Lewistown, Great Falls

Great Falls is hosting this regional meeting at the Paris Gibson Education Center, 2400 Central Avenue, Room 120

Western Region – Missoula – October 30, 2014

This includes Bitterroot, Flathead Valley Community College, Missoula

Missoula is hosting this regional meeting at the Lifelong Learning Center, 310 South Curtis, Room 207.








Career Pathways Bridge Program Webcasts

Career Pathways:  Developing Effective Bridge Programs Webcast

Career Pathways:  Building Strategic Partnerships Webcast







CTE Reform

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CTE Innovation: Career Academies

President Obama’s 2013 budget request, as well as the Blueprint for An America Built to Last and Investing in America’s Future: A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education, propose the establishment of more high-quality career academies across the country. The request for the academies is $1 billion over three years with $200 million designated for FY 2013 ...

Click here to access Investing in America's Future:  A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education.

Career Pathways:  Bridge Curriculum

Click here Program  to access DRAFT VERSIONS of the Bridge Curriculum.

Good Afternoon,

Attached is the draft Bridge Curriculum that has been developed for ABLE instructors to use to assist students in their transitions from ABLE to careers and postsecondary.  The Power Point and Word document contain the same information; we just wanted to offer the material in more than one format. Please encourage your staff to peruse through the curriculum over the summer months, as we would like to hear suggestions and comments from the field. At the conclusion of the summer these draft documents will be finalized and reviewed at the Data Quality Conference in September. 

The intent of the curriculum is to have abundant free resources available for teachers to use to assist students in moving through ABLE. The curriculum builds on the PEP Talk Process and all the other wonderful, creative strategies teachers are using; once the student's PEP Talk Plan and specific academic needs are identified teachers can differentiate instruction using the Bridge Curriculum when needed.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Margaret, Suzette, and Michelle


Montana Bridge Program Survey

Important Message from Suzette Fox and Michelle Gasek!

Please distribute the survey to your staff.

This is their chance to provide feedback and get the Bridge Program of their dreams!

Margaret Bowles, Montana ABLE Director

Montana Adult Ed Directors,

Please complete the attached (See above) Montana ABE Bridge Program Survey and return it to Suzette or Michelle (contact info below) by December 16.  Your input will guide our work as we research curriculum resources and explore partnership opportunities for the state of Montana.  We know that your program already has "bridge" programs in place that are working for students. 

Please distribute this survey to your faculty for feedback.  Even though staff may not work with all areas of this survey, they will be able to report best practices and curriculum they would like to share with the state. Your instructors and staff can also share areas of need they experience while working with students, suggesting areas of research for us to pursue.  One of the goals for the Montana ABE Bridge Program includes providing curriculum that is readily available and easily implemented in the classroom. 

This survey is provided as a Word Document to allow you time to think about your answers, time to look up resource information, and as much space as you need to describe your transition resources and your transition needs. 

Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to report back to us on your "Bridge" successes and your "Bridge" needs.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.


Suzette Fox, Billings Adult Education

Michelle Gasek, Educational Opportunity Center