Workforce Development Update – March 2008 by forrests


									                       Workforce Development Update – March 2008
ABE-ESOL Subcommittee of the MA Workforce Investment Board

On Wednesday, February 27th, the ABE/ESOL Subcommittee met at Commonwealth
Corporation. Subcommittee work groups reported on their progress to provide more detail on
topics addressed in the draft report submitted to the MWIB by Jerry Rubin in December. The
work groups include the following topics: Dedicated Funding; Employer Incentives, Linking
ABEW/ESOL to Employment and Post-secondary Options; Case-Management; New Delivery
Models; Capacity Building. Most groups are in the research phase of their tasks. Jerry Rubin
announced that all recommendations should be developed for review at the May meeting. For
more info, contact Andrea Perrault at

Upcoming 2008 meeting dates have been set for this ABE-ESOL subcommittee. They are March
31, April 28, May 28, and June 25. The March meeting will take place in Worcester.

Pathways to Success by 21

On February 11th, the Statewide Steering Committee for P-21 met at One Ashburton Place in
Boston. Convened by Secretary Suzanne Bump, this meeting provided the opportunity for the
newly appointed Commissioners in the commonwealth to learn more about the goals and
activities of the P-21 initiative. Anne Serino sits on this Committee; Andrea Perrault sits on
working committees operated by Commonwealth Corporation. Presentations featured an update
on the Readiness Project, local P-21 strategies of Boston and Hampden County, and a discussion
of how P21 is supporting professional development for youth workers.

Check out the latest P-21 Newsletter at for information on
the Massachusetts Future Focus Transition Model designed to promote effective youth service
transition strategies across agencies. P-21 Quarterly Meetings have been scheduled: March 26,
June 18th, September 24, and December 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Hoagland-Pincus
Center in Shrewsbury, MA.


      SAVE THE DATE! ACLS is sponsoring a daylong, statewide conference entitled
       “Integrated Curriculum Gets Better Results!” on April 15, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to
       4:00 p.m. at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel. Thomas Sticht will deliver the keynote
       address and Secretary Suzanne Bump will give opening remarks. For more information,
       contact Anne Holbrook at 781-338- 3830 or

      The spring series of ACLS-sponsored Regional Meetings of ABE LWIB representatives
       ACLS staff, and other ABE program directors are scheduled as follows:

       Wednesday, March 26, 10:00 – 12:00 noon: Southeast Region at Brockton Public
       Schools ABE Program
       Southeast Regions: Cape Cod, Brockton Area, Bristol, South Coastal, and Greater New
       Tuesday, April 8, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Western Mass at Holyoke Community
       College, Kittredge Center; Regions: Franklin Hampshire, Hampden, Berkshire

       Thursday, April 10, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Northeast Programs at Lowell Public Schools
       ABE Program, 1-3 p.m.
       Northeast Regions: Metro North, Greater Lowell, Merrimack Valley, North Shore

       Wednesday, April 9, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Central Mass: Quinsigamond Community
       College, Downtown Worcester; conference room
       Central Mass Regions: North Central, Central Mass, Metro South/West

       Tuesday, April 29, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Adult Literacy Resource Institute, University
       of Massachusetts, Wheatley Hall, Room 04-167. Region: Boston

These meetings are sponsored by ACLS and will feature discussions about ACLS and workforce
development policy issues, as well as provide local updates. Save the date notices will be

      Anne Serino and Andrea Perrault participated in the Adult Education Coordination and
       Planning State Symposium on February 12 and 13, 2008 in Atlanta, GA. The U.S.
       Office of Vocational and Adult Education sponsored the meeting; strategies to prepare
       ABE students for next steps were discussed. Abt Associates has been funded to work
       with select programs, and their successes were shared with attendees.

      ACLS sponsored a Workplace Education Stakeholder’s Group on March 5, 2005.
       This meeting provided an opportunity for cross-agency discussion of the goals and
       practices of effective workplace education programs. ACLS workplace education
       providers shared their experiences.


Linda Rohrer has been appointed to the position of Career Center Director at Career Source,
the one-stop career center in Cambridge (Metro North region). Linda was formerly the acting
President of Commonwealth Corporation. Congratulations and welcome!

The newly appointed Executive Director of the Central Mass Workforce Investment Board is
Jeff Turgeon. Welcome!

The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. announced the addition of
Louise Pelletier to the WIB staff in the position of Director of Operations. Check out other news
through the GNBWIB’s e-newsletter at

The Patrick Administration recently announced $3.3 M in grant awards for expanded job and
educational opportunities for 1,800 youth statewide; Secretary Bump also announced expansion
of the state’s YouthWorks summer jobs program to create the first year-round jobs program.
For a complete list of grant recipients, or to view the Pathways to Success by 21 Think Again
video, visit
The Bristol Area Workforce Board will meet on Thursday, March 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00
a.m. at the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School’s Silver Platter Restaurant, 940 County
Street, in Taunton, MA.

Thanks to Brad Sperry of the Hampden Regional Employment Board for actively engaging
ABE providers in the Achieve Boston training model being offered through the Hampden P-21
initiative. Through this effort, 4 ABE providers will develop skills to serve youth and contribute
to the development of a strong community of youth serving providers in the region.

The Massachusetts Workforce Board Association holds its annual meeting at the Hawthorne
Hotel in Salem, Mass on May 15 and 16. For information about the Association, go to


March 19, 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Marine Trades Career Day – Jobs for Full time and Part Time
personnel: Plymouth Career Center, 36 Cordage Park, Plymouth, MA

Friday, March 28, 10:00 – 12:00 noon - East Africans Day at Career Source Career Center,
186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Fresh Pond Mall, Cambridge, MA


Verizon Massachusetts is promoting the 2008 English as a Second Language Technology Solutions
Awards. Proposals are due on March 28, 2008 at midnight. More information and application at

Check out to learn about grant opportunities.

Workforce Training Funds: The 2007 Annual Report for the Workforce Training Fund is
available. Also, read about the different grant opportunities available to employers through the
fund at Consider collaborating with an employer to offer basic skills classes
at the workplace. Check the website for application due dates. For technical assistance on WTF
application processes, contact Rob Vitello at Comm Corp at


TESOL Annual Conference takes place in New York City from April 2-5 at the Sheraton New
York and the New York Hilton Hotels. Go to for information.

Signs that Matter: Using Early Indicators to Lower the Dropout Rate is presented by the
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, the Youth Transitions Task Force, MA
Department of Education, and Jobs for the Future on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 from 8:30 –
10:30 a.m. at the Omni Parker House in Boston. (
“Make It Happen!”: 88th Annual American Association of Community College Convention,
April 5-8, 2008 in Philadelphia, PA.

SAVE THE DATE! Integrated Models Get Better Results! – April 15, 2008 at the Best
Western Royal Plaza: an ACLS-sponsored conference highlighting strategies that connect with
learners’ lives.

4th Annual National Offender Workforce Development Conference, “Rockin’ to Reentry”
takes place from April 13-16, 2008 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. The
conference program is not yet available. For more information, contact

A Connecting Activities conference is scheduled for May 14 at the College of the Holy Cross in
Worcester. Contact Keith Westrich at, or go to (Calendar)
for more information.

MATSOL Conference: Developing the Academic Language of English Language Learners,
Friday, May 16, 2008 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Four Points oin Leominster, MA. For
more information, go to, or e-mail

NAWDP (National Association of Workforce Development Professionals) 19th Annual
Conference “Workforce Development Is a Journey: Proud History – New Beginnings”. May 18-
21, 2008, Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, VA. For information, go to

Workforce Innovations 2008 conference happens from July 15th – 17, 2008 in New Orleans,
LA. For more information, go to


Contact your SABES Workforce Coordinator for information on SABES WFD activities.
Laurie Sheridan is the statewide SABES Workforce Coordinator; Contact her at 617-482-9485 or This year, look for intensive workshop sessions on integrating career
awareness into the ABE/ESOL curriculum; it’s valuable for both teachers and counselors in that
it provides strategies on which to partner to facilitate students’ attainment of their goals. Go to and scan the calendar for workforce related sessions. SABES Workforce
Development Specialists include Dori McCormack at SABES West; Cathy Gannon at Central
SABES, Kathleen Howell at SABES SE, Patricia Pelletier at SABES NE, and John Zhang at the


Jist Publications will release the new 2008-2009 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Included is a special section titled How Educators, Counselors, Librarians, and Business Professionals
Can Best Use the OOH. Another feature from Jist is a self-assessment section, the Personality –Career
Quiz, that matches readers to OOH jobs. Go to
Other products of interest from Jist include:
       Envision Your Career: A Language-Free Video Career Interest Inventory (based on John
        Holland’s theory of career types)
       Offender Reintegration Packages for Men and for Women
       Overcoming Employment Barriers Game

Get the Pathways to College Network News by going to

The Commonwealth Workforce Coalition has posted a NEW Peer Learning Project Toolkit
at Five topic areas are addressed: Flexible Curriculum Instruction, Tools
for Managers, Marketing to Employers, On-line Applications, and Post-Placement and


The Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, under the direction of
Professors Andrew Sum and Paul Harrington, has a website to promote their latest news at

US Department of Labor sponsors and to
help you learn more about resources to help your students find a job or career.

Get the Achieve, Inc. newsletter at

The Workforce Alliance has two job openings: Regional Field Director and Senior Policy
Analyst. For info, go to Based in Washington D.C., TWA does
great advocacy work!

                 10 Easy Ways to Integrate “Next Steps” into your ABE/ESOL Program

   1.  Put Posters on the wall depicting people in college or on the job.
   2.  Have students interview teachers about their first jobs and college experiences; have students
       videotape the interviews.
   3. Schedule a trip to tour your local One-Stop Career Center.
   4. Invite former students back to your program for brown bag lunches or talks to share their
       experiences in post-secondary education or jobs.
   5. Recruit local business people to speak to students about what their workers need to know and be able
       to do.
   6. Invite the Director of your local workforce board to talk about the leading or growing industries in
       your area.
   7. Ask the Admissions Office of the local community college to host a tour of the school for students;
       check out the library and eat lunch or grab a snack in the cafeteria.
   8. Post a calendar or flyers in your program of public events at your local community college.
   9. Put copies of the book “If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, You’ll Probably End Up
       Somewhere Else” by David Campbell in the student lounge or the library area.
   10. Have students use the Internet to do research on occupations in the Occupational Outlook

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