National Career Awareness Project
NCTN is launching a National Career Awareness project, supported with funds from the National Institute for Literacy* administered through the LINCS Regional Resource Center 1. The goal of the project is to improve the capacity of state professional developers, adult educators, and counselors to deliver career awareness instruction and counseling using the Integrating Career Awareness (ICA) curriculum. The ultimate aim is to prepare project participants to assist adult learners in gaining greater awareness of career opportunities and career planning skills.
The project uses the Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE/ESOL Classroom curriculum in an online course facilitated by the curriculum authors and editor, Martha Oesch, Carol Bower, and Sandy Goodman. Participants will be invited to pilot lessons during the course and more extensively as a follow-up to the course during which time they will participate in a learning community and receive coaching from the course facilitators.
The Career Awareness project will be offered first to state professional developers and selected ABE/ESOL programs in LINCS Regions 2 and 1, January- June, 2011. A second round of the project will be offered to LINCS Regions 3 and 1, July – December, 2011.
Expectations of Participating State Level Professional Development Entities
The state professional development entities that participate in the project will work with NCTN to develop a plan to sustain the dissemination of the ICA curriculum guide and training beyond the timeframe of this project. In order to be eligible for participation, state professional development entities will designate a staff person who will:
Expectations of Participating Adult Education Programs
In collaboration with the state PD providers recruited for the project, we will select urban and rural programs and staff with an eye toward the following criteria. Eligible programs should:
A review of the ICA curriculum can be found in the LINCS Workforce Competitiveness Resource Collection at: www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/abstracts/workforce/RC_work_abs36.html
For more information contact: Sandy Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-385-3816.
*This project is supported by funds from the National Institute for Literacy, through CFDA 84.2567T, LINCS Regional Resource Center Grant No. X257T060001.