My Next Move – Web App for Job Seekers

April 1st, 2011

What do you want to do for a living?My Next Move is an easy-to-use electronic tool that enables users to explore occupations and find related information, including job openings, job outlook information, salaries, apprenticeships, and other related education and training programs.

My Next Move uses information developed as part of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) system. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, O*NET is a comprehensive career information resource which collects data including the knowledge, skills, and abilities required by more than 900 occupations in the U.S. economy.

Through this new electronic tool, users can search for careers using key words, industries, or their work-related interests. They also can identify occupations in the green economy. The tool is written at a reading level that makes it accessible to everyone and is great for those who may be unfamiliar with computers and Internet sites.

The tool includes a new on-line, streamlined interest assessment with 60 questions about what an individual likes to do. Based on an individual’s interests and responses, the information gathered will be used to suggest potentially suitable occupations and careers.

Washington State Seeks Adult Education Director

March 30th, 2011

sbctc logoThe Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is seeking a visionary and dynamic Adult Basic Education (ABE) Director to join the SBCTC team.  This critical, full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington—State Board has office locations in Bellevue, Olympia and Spokane—and will provide leadership for the Adult Basic Education (ABE) Office and the adult basic education, English as a second language, Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) and adult secondary education programs provided through Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges and 10 community-based organizations.  Interested candidates are encouraged to visit SBCTC’s Web site ( to gain insight into the agency’s mission and system direction.

Position Announcement (PDF)

COABE and NCL Announce Two Advocacy Preconferences

March 15th, 2011
COABE 2011 Conference

COABE 2011 Conference

The Commission on Adult Basic Education and the National Coalition for Literacy are pleased to bring you the following two half-day advocacy preconferences. To add a preconference to your existing registration modify your registration or contact the COABE office if you need assistance (888-442-6223 or


8:30 – 11:30 am

Effective Advocacy Strategies

Featuring practical strategies for planning and implementing a successful grassroots advocacy program. Join this session to hear how advocates have run successful campaigns to increase funding and save adult education from cuts. Explore effective advocacy strategies and leave with resources and a plan to implement when you return home. Workshop format.
• Kathi Medcalf, Past President, Maine Adult Education Association and Director, Sanford Adult & Community Education
• Marsha L. Tait, National Coalition for Literacy Grant Manager
• Jackie Taylor, Advocacy Chair, National Coalition for Literacy and Incoming President-Elect, COABE

Room: Union Square 21


12:30 – 3:30 pm

Leveraging Social Media for Grassroots Advocacy

Join this hands-on interactive session on using social media to advocate for adult education. Based on new research in adult education, see how to engage social media activists and impact adult education policy on the Hill. Get peer and expert coaching. Develop your own social media strategy you can use not to advance your advocacy goals.
• Cheryl Contee, Partner, Fission Strategy
• Jackie Taylor, Advocacy Chair, National Coalition for Literacy and Incoming President-Elect, COABE
• Marsha L. Tait, Dollar General Grant Manager, National Coalition for Literacy
• Cassandra M. Brown, Senior Specialist, Communications & Marketing, GED® Testing Service
• Laura Porfirio, Civics Program Advanced Program Coordinator , Pima Community College Adult Education
• Regina Suitt, Pima Community College, Advanced Program Manager, Adult Education Services
• John Segota, Director of Advocacy, Standards and Professional Relations, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.

Room: Union Square 21

Nevada Connections Newsletter

March 2nd, 2011

NAE board member Sharyn Yanoshak is the editor the popular Nevada Connections newsletter.

Nevada Connections provides adult educators information and news related to Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language in Nevada.


Student Success Stories

March 2nd, 2011

ED Secretary Duncan Speaks About Adult Ed Budget at Senate Budget Hearing

March 1st, 2011

Secretary Arne Duncan Testified Before the Senate Budget Committee on ED’s FY 2012 Budget. You can read a transcript of his speech here. The following is the portion of his speech that talks about Adult Education and WIA reauthorization.

The 2012 request also provides significant resources to help adults pursue educational and employment opportunities, including $635 million for Adult Basic and Literacy Education State Grants to help adults without a high school diploma or equivalent to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for postsecondary education, employment, and self-sufficiency, and a total of $3.1 billion in mandatory and discretionary funds for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) State Grants to help States and tribal governments to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in the workforce.

We are looking forward to the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) so that low- skilled adults and individuals with disabilities have access to the education and training they need to be successful in the 21st century economy. A reauthorized WIA would provide opportunities to upgrade the skills of our nation’s workers so that they are able to compete in this new economy. One of those opportunities includes a new Workforce Investment Fund, which we are proposing in partnership with the Department of Labor, to help provide flexibility for the connections necessary to get people into good jobs or the education needed for a better job. The Fund will also provide resources to evaluate and replicate best practices so that we better serve those who have the hardest time finding work -those with limited basic skills and individuals with disabilities.

Twitter Webinar a Success

February 1st, 2011

A big thanks to the members and other adult educators that joined us for the “Twitter Literacy for Adult Educators” webinar.

We are already planning a follow up webinar where we will dig deeper into this exciting social media. So stay tuned.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

Click here for the slides: Twitter Literacy for Adult Educators

COABE/MPAEA Conference Early Bird Registration Extended Feb 15

January 27th, 2011
COABE 2011 Conference

COABE 2011 Conference

The joint COABE/MPAEA conference has extended the early bird registration to February 15, 2011. If you have EVER been an MPAEA member, you are eligible for membership rates. Be sure to CHECK the MPAEA Member box when registering. And don’t forget to buy a lunch ticket for the MPAEA awards luncheon.

April 17-21, 2011
San Francisco, California

Go to for more information