different education delivery methods to accommodate your
employees' learning styles or work schedules.
of Oklahoma State University, provides outreach services to
students, teachers, administrators, and service organizations on
a local, state, and national basis.
free Internet-based Classroom Assistant with
conferencing, personal messaging, document sharing, scheduling
and link/resource sharing. Customized at individual or class
levels, anyone can set up a class in minutes and allow others to
is a free email group service that allows you to create and join
email groups. You
can archive messages and schedule meetings or groups chats:
training and activities in reading, writing, math, science,
history, vocational education, and more through the Blue
Web'n - a gateway to online training, lesson plans and
has over five years experience in multimedia training
development. ETI has created Web-based Training and
CD-ROMs for small and large companies, and for educational
institutions. Its expertise is in adapting instruction to low
level literacy and basic skills.
Search the Workforce
Development in New York State website for thousands of
educational programs, classroom courses, distance learning
opportunities, web-and computer-based training and
apprenticeship programs to find training opportunities and
providers that best suit your needs.
Corporation's Destinations Internet is a
comprehensive, online learning program that addresses national,
state and local standards in reading, writing, math and
life/learning skills. The online courses are designed to
stimulate interest in literacy and learning among adult learners
seeking to attain high school diplomas, pass GED exams, or
prepare for the workforce.
offers professional development resources and training to
literacy educators of adult students. LitTeacher is a
technology-based continuing education resource center, offering
peer evaluation tools, practice guides and staff development
Crossroads Cafe is an
English language instruction program for speakers of other
languages created by an award-winning television producer,
INTELECOM Intelligent Telecommunications, a specialized language
producer, leading ESL educators and government.
A quick self-quiz
to help your employees assess if distance learning
is right for them.
Use the Small
Business Classroom for Small Business Administration
online training resources.
Learning for Life Program develops and produces
live, interactive basic education / adult literacy courses
disseminated nationwide via satellite and cable. The
Program is uniquely designed to serve adult learners, and due to
the medium of instruction, is offered in all 50 states
The Learning Resources
Network provides information and consultation to programs
offering lifelong learning activities such as courses, classes,
seminars, conferences, meetings, and training.
The Adult Literacy Media
Alliance helps adults gain basic reading, writing, and math
skills through entertaining television-based teaching materials
that support learning at home, at work, in the community.
Community Technology Centers program assists with the
creation or expansion of community technology centers that will
provide disadvantaged residents of economically distressed urban
and rural communities with access to information technology and
article discusses why it is important to connect e-learning
initiatives with defined business needs. E-learning can be a
flexible and cost-effective alternative to classroom training,
but it can also be a colossal waste of time and money if not
This article discusses
how to set up a training function inside a small company
that has never had one before. Included are steps to establish a
network; align it with the business strategy; create early wins;
invest in it; and assess the impact.
Deciding how much to allocate
per person for training is a difficult but important issue.
This article suggests that a good approach is to assess areas
where changing performance will yield the most value and then
implement strategies to achieve that goal.
One company shares its training
success story using e-learning. In addition to saving $1
million on training during the first year e-learning was
implemented, the company says that the real value came from
improved customer service.
101: Learn to Tap Your 'HIRE' Potential," is a new guide
with programs and resources to assist business leaders with hiring
people with disabilities. The guide was released jointly by the
U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
the Talents of People with Disabilities is a resource guide
developed to assist employers in hiring people with disabilities
and integrating them into their workplace. Practical advice on
everything from pre-employment considerations through recruitment
and selection, appropriate modifications to accommodations, and
workforce education is included.
In the past, companies
often looked to e-learning as a cheap solution, without
considering its effectiveness. This article discusses the pros and
cons of e-learning as a training delivery method and how companies
now turn to e-learning as a strategic solution to training.
A report from the Task Force on
Workforce Development, Learning Partnerships: Strengthening
American Jobs in the Global Economy, proposes "bottom-up
partnerships" of government, educators, labor leaders, and
employers to analyze job opportunities and workforce needs, and to
develop effective training. The study offers recommendations on
improving workforce preparation and retraining, including
adjusting provisions in the Workforce Investment Act.
ToolsIndex.com is a free
service for Internet visitors to help them find tools-related
resources quickly and easily. The section on Skills Tools provides
links to skill-building tools for employers and their learning
Informative guide and articles
about the preparing for the GED exam and obtaining a high
school diploma are available from this site. Learn how to earn a
real high school diploma from home.
Senior Service America provides
a guide for organizations that assist immigrant seniors
entering or re-entering the workforce. Practical advice for
working with seniors from culturally diverse backgrounds and on
facilitating interactions between immigrant seniors and other
staff are included.
STAR is a comprehensive
toolkit and training package to help Adult Basic Education (ABE)
instructors use evidence-based reading instruction in the
Basic Computer Skills Curriculum
- a downloadable, comprehensive curriculum with Word, Excel
and PowerPoint activities for beginning, intermediate and advanced
ESL learners. Activities start from very basic skills such as
turning on the computer to higher level word processing
This marketing/outreach guide for
GED programs provides advice on how to target groups
and develop outreach strategies, create a communications
strategy, establish relationships with the media, use
promotional items, and gain publicity. Success stories are
TV411 provides free, interactive
lessons for improving adult literacy skills. Video,
print and online resources are used to teach reading,
writing, vocabulary and math.
Development tools by
Learning Resources, Inc. provide employers and workforce
developers with 'mini-simulations' that can be
integrated into academic and career courses or
work-experience to help people better understand the
soft skills employers seek.
Counting the Hidden Assets:
First Steps in Assessing the Impact of Community College
Noncredit Education Programs on the Workforce and Local
Economies is a report that makes the case for the
training hour as the basic unit of measurement and
proposes a taxonomy to classify and describe the range
of noncredit activities delivered by community colleges.
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights
offers transitional job services to a wide range of
populations within its
portfolio of housing, health care, economic security,
and legal protections services.
Funding Career Pathways and Career Pathway Bridges: A
Federal Policy Toolkit for States is designed to help
interagency state teams identify and facilitate "braiding"
of federal resources to design and develop career pathways
and bridges for adults and out-of-school youth.
Making it Work is a practical
guide to effective delivery of Skills for Life in
workplace learning. This guide, organised into five
sections, reflects the processes a training organisation
has to work through to deliver learning in the workplace.
"Great Recession Transforms Workplace, Workforce":
this article provides examples of how workers can retrain to
"Employer Guide to Adult
Education for Work: Transforming Adult Education to Build
a Skilled Workforce":
this guide provides employers with a vision for new, more
effective adult education programs. Employers can use
these tools as a guide to advocate for programs that
better meet their needs.
to Benefit Low-Income Job Seekers: Lessons from the Jobs
Initiative: this report looks at the extent to which
employers support low-income workers. In addition it
identifies the factors that promote employer practices and
policies favorable to the hiring, retention, and
advancement of low-income workers.
From the Entry Level to Licensed
Practical Nurse: Four Case Studies of Career Ladders in
this report identifies
innovative Licensed Practical Nurse training programs that
incorporate education and training into well-defined steps
of employer-sponsored career ladder opportunities that
offer financial support, classes at or near the worksite,
and clear rewards in pay and promotion for successful
completion of each step (case studies from Colorado,
Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania)
Building Tomorrow's Workforce:
Promoting the Education and Advancement of Hispanic
Immigrant Workers in America:
This report presents promising employer/community college
partnerships that expand access to higher education and
benefit low-skilled, immigrant Hispanic adults.
Sectoral Strategies for Low-income
Workers: Lessons from the Field:
This publication speaks primarily to
workforce professionals, telling stories of innovative
sector programs that are among the most exciting and
innovative workforce development initiatives.
Sector Initiatives and Community
Colleges: Working Together to Provide Education for
Low-Wage Working Adults:
this paper examines how some community
colleges and sector initiatives are innovating and
collaborating to benefit businesses seeking skilled
workers, and low-income adults seeking education that
leads to higher-wage employment.
Helping Public Housing Residents
Find and Keep Jobs: A Guide for Practitioners Based on the
this guide contains practical
advice on implementing a program model aimed at helping
public housing residents find and keep jobs.
Advancing Health and Health Care
Careers–Rung by Rung: Applying a Work-based Learning Model
to Develop Missing Rungs on a Nursing Career Ladder:
with workforce shortages in health and health care,
employers are turning to “grow your own” strategies that
help lower-skilled, frontline workers advance to
higher-skilled, higher-paying jobs. This issue brief draws
on the experience of the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in
Healthcare, and illustrates how one such career ladder
system could work and provides advice for designing and
implementing such a system.
The Language of Opportunity:
Expanding Employment Prospects for Adults with Limited
English Skills: this resource summarizes the research
on best practices for developing workplace programs for
low-skilled immigrants. It lays out principles and steps
required to develop educational programs that assist
non-native speakers to improve language, cross-cultural,
and job skills. It also includes an appendix of promising
program models and practices delivered in various parts of
the United States.
Workplace Health and Safety ESOL Curriculum: is a
comprehensive lesson plan that focuses on safety and
health issues that arise in the workplace. The lessons
utilize authentic material and base the discussion in
students’ lived experiences. While the curriculum is
specifically designed for union classes in Massachusetts,
it is valuable more generally to the field of adult
Getting Ahead — Staying Ahead: Helping America’s
Workforce Succeed in the 21st Century:
is a valuable tool for adult and workforce
education programs, exploring the knowledge and skills
workers need to compete and succeed and makes
recommendations that would encourage relevant skill
development, create a culture of lifelong learning, and
facilitate capacity to adapt to changing labor markets.
How to Build Bridge Programs that
Fit into a Career Pathway: A Step-by-Step Guide Based on
the “Carreras en Salud Program” in Chicago:
this manual presents a
how-to guide on bridge programs leading to specific
careers; and relates specifically to a healthcare program
developed for Latinos in Chicago. Can also be replicated
with other ABE or ESL populations and adapted to various
vocational and technical career paths.
Beyond Basic Skills: State
Strategies to Connect Low-Skilled Students to an
Employer-Valued Postsecondary Education:
this report describes strategies
that can be used to strengthen connections between basic
skills education and postsecondary education to help
lower-skilled adults and out-of-school youth attain the
postsecondary credentials they need to advance in the
labor market. It also includes examples of states and
local institutions that are effectively implementing one
or more of the state-level innovations.
Skilling the Existing Workforce:
Unlocking productivity in your business:
This report identifies how
businesses are drawing on the full range of skilling
options and includes a diverse mix of activities such as
mentoring, coaching, in-house training and information
Meeting the Workforce Needs of the
Milwaukee Construction Industry:
this case study looks at the
Center of Excellence, a model which demonstrates how
consolidating employment and training services can
effectively meet the workforce needs of a particular
The Skills and Productivity Action Plan
provides practical advice and tools to
help build workplace skills and boost productivity. The
Action Plan offers new ideas and solutions to help
organizations compete and grow. It also provides advice
for employers, workers, and job seekers.
The Skills and Productivity Action Plan Worksheets
are a companion to the Skills
and Productivity Action Plan. Organizations can use the
worksheets to set goals, identify action steps, and
implement plans to maximize skills and boost productivity.
Supporting Skills for Life learners
to Stick with it!: a guide for managers, practitioners
and learners, offering tools for accessing personal and
business strategies. It is based on persistence and
motivation and provides steps for life learners to “stick
with” learning until they achieve their goals.
English Language Learner University
(ELL-U): a free learning
portal for Adult ESOL Educators. ELL-U provides users with
a variety of learning activities and social networking
opportunities designed to create a community of
professional practice focused on improving ELL
Employer Engagement in the National Fund for
identifies challenges and solutions to helping workers
gain the skills required to be employable and for
employers to access the skilled labor they need.
It’s Time to Talk Training – How to
develop a dialogue on skills at the workplace:
based on the experiences of
ten case study organizations, this guide highlights how
they established and sustained effective dialogue with
their workforce on training.
Building Basics: ESOL Toolkit for
General Construction, Landscaping, Painting and Plumbing:
a multi-level curriculum for
teaching students that have expressed a need to learn
English within the context of the construction trades. It
provides facilitator materials and learner handouts.
Preparing for Work:
is a skills-based course to prepare
individuals for entry level work. The interactive learning
activities provide opportunities for learners to explore
the skill concepts and to build the knowledge and apply
the skills needed to succeed in work.
Breaking Through: Helping
Low-Skilled Adults Enter and Succeed in College and
is a guide to developing,
sustaining, and expanding strategies that create pathways
for low-skilled adults from multiple entry points to
occupational/technical certificates and degrees. It can be
used by community college leaders and by program leaders
and practitioners in adult education, workforce
development, developmental education, non-credit
continuing education, and occupational and technical
credit programs. |
Breaking Through Practice Guide:
is a compilation of practices
developed and implemented by community colleges involved
in the Breaking Through initiative from 2005 through 2008.
The tools in this guide are designed for use by
practitioners to connect adults who have low-level math
and/or reading skills with postsecondary credentials
leading to employment. The four components of the guide
are based on key strategies identified as: accelerated
learning, comprehensive support services, labor market
payoffs, and aligning programs for low-skilled adults. Of
interest is the inclusion of the contextualization
Virtual Workroom on Workforce
resources on integrating and contextualizing workforce
skills and includes guidelines for establishing successful
career pathway programs.
electronic Community of Practice:
a companion to the Virtual
Workroom on Workforce Readiness, it offers a site
where eligible educators can expand their professional
knowledge and share resources about workforce readiness.
NC Transition Programs:
a free on-line course that
provides advice and effective strategies for starting a
successful transitional program.
Accommodations and Compliance
Series: Employees with Learning Disabilities:
this article discusses learning disabilities and includes
several examples of job situations to help learning
disabled employees succeed in the workforce.
Simulated Online/Kiosk Job Application:
a simulation training program for offenders (and other
groups that don’t have access to the internet) that provides
basic information and tips for completing online job
Cloud Computing: What is cloud
computing and why is it important for Adult Literacy?:
for educators and learners, this report details how cloud
computing can help centralize and connect e-learning
materials and literacy communities enabling them to share
and collaborate on resources, tools, forums and more.
Workplace Learning in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises:
Effective Practices for Improving Productivity and
report looks at the value of investing in workplace
learning and training practices in Small and Medium-sized
Enterprises, and the impacts and outcomes for improved
workplace skills and organizational performance.
Strengthening One-Stop Career
Centers: Helping More Unemployed Workers Find Jobs and
Build Skills: this paper explores the role that
One-Stop Career Centers play in helping the unemployed
build new skills and find new jobs.
It’s Our Right: A Showcase of
Workplace Education Programs and Learner Stories:
publication highlights stories of different Canadian Union
of Public Employees locals across Canada that have
successfully taken on the challenge of setting up
workplace education programs.
Integrating Adult Basic and
Occupational Training: A Review of Research and Practice:
this report summarizes the impact of several different
pathways for integrating basic skills instruction with
occupational training. It includes extensive descriptions
of employer based programs, community based organizations,
workforce development professionals and community college
Sound Investments: Building
Immigrants’ Skills to Fuel Economic Growth:
this report identifies strategies and recommends policy
reforms to address the needs of immigrant workers. It also
highlights a number of innovative initiatives that are
investing in low-skilled immigrant workers to increase
their opportunities for economic advancement.
Effective models of employment-based
training: this research
explores a variety of current employment-based training
models and proposes five enhancements for higher-level
qualifications. These changes concentrate on maintaining a
balance of learning experiences between educational
institutions and the workplace.
The National Center for Learning
Disabilities works to ensure
that individuals with learning disabilities have every
opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life. Its “In
the Workplace” webpage provides guidelines on career
exploration and tips for workplace success.
Business Value Assessment of
Work-Based Learning: Findings from Research into Temple
University Hospital-Episcopal Campus’s Work-Based Learning
Program for Mental Health Workers:
this paper describes the training model
and discusses the value of the training to the hospital
Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs
and Education Requirements Through 2018: this
report concludes that the ability of individuals to
connect education, training, and careers has become key to
employability and to attaining and maintaining middle
Student Success Stories from the
Shifting Gears Initiative:
Shifting Gears is an initiative to promote economic
growth in the Midwest by improving the education and
skills training of the workforce in five states ―
Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. These
states are strengthening connections between education and
training systems to make sure that low-skilled adults gain
the education and skills they need to get a good job with
the potential for career advancement.
Profitable: Flexible Workplace
for ALL Workers:
in this audio conference you
will hear about employers who operate differently and help
their employees perform well; you'll also learn what
happens when low wage workers are not given that chance.
Workforce Development: New
Opportunities for Creating Pathways to Good Jobs and
this audio conference
highlights opportunities for addressing the needs of
low-skill workers and linking training to job creation and
Making the Employment Connection: New
Opportunities to Develop Transitional Jobs Programs:
this audio conference highlights
Transitional Jobs programs which help individuals (with barriers
to employment) enter and succeed in the labor market.
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