AskEARN: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014

From the AskEARN Reference Desk: “The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014, with the aims of: helping job seekers access education, training and support services necessary for success in the 21st century labor market, and matching employers with skilled workers needed for global economic competition.

WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and amends existing laws, including the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which authorizes the vocational rehabilitation program.

The Act will take effect on  July 1, 2015. The Department of Labor (DOL) will be issuing guidance on implementation timelines, new regulations, and resources for states, local programs, grantees and stakeholders. For more information, see the DOL’s Information Page, or the Department of Education’s WIOA Resource Page. WIOA was enacted to address certain problems facing the U.S. workforce, including significant projected shortages in the necessary numbers of workers with postsecondary education, and lack of workforce participation by individuals with disabilities.”

Learn more… EARN: Reference Desk – workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.


Webinar: The 21st Century Work-based Learning Coordinator

From the CTE Technical Assistance Center of NY: “Offering a quality Work-based Learning program has become a priority for many school districts. During the past five plus years, New York schools have embraced the value of career and technical education pathways to graduation and the issuance of the CDOS Commencement Credential – a new, exiting credential for special needs students. Both of these educational initiatives call upon the inclusion of offering our students a quality work-based learning experience.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • What skills and knowledge you need to be a work-based learning coordinator
  • How to create an awareness of the work-based learning coordinator role in the 21st century
  • How the work-based learning coordinator’s position has grown in nature and status
  • How to represent your school to the corporate community

At the end of the webinar you should feel confident that you possess a basic understanding of the essential components of a Work-based Learning program and the requirements to become a work-based learning coordinator for your school district!

Presented By:

Susan H. Gubing, CareerSmarts, has been instrumental in guiding educators in creating dynamic career and workforce development programs. She is passionate about college and career readiness, 21st century skills, work-based learning, and partnerships between industry and education. Sue’s professional career experience includes: 38 years as the Work-based Learning Coordinator at Smithtown High School, a consultant for many New York school districts, an online instructor for Work-based Learning Program certification courses at Buffalo State College, author of Games2Careers, and creator of the XtremeIntern: A Virtual Career Adventure.

September 17, 2014
3:30 PM EST”

To sign up, click here.



Planet Money: What’s Your Major?

From the National Public Radio Planet Money Podcast:

“Sure, some college degrees lead to higher paying jobs than others. But what’s shocking — at least, it was shocking to us — is just how big the gap can be.The most lucrative majors typically lead to jobs with salaries over $100,000 a year. The least lucrative lead to salaries of around $30,000.

On todays show, we run the numbers. We talk to people who majored in the most- and least-lucrative subjects. And we hear from an economist who says, when it comes to income, choosing a major is more important than choosing a college.”

via Planet Money : NPR.


Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities in New York State

From the New York State Education Department: “This page provides information on both high school diploma and nondiploma exiting credential options available to New York State students with disabilities. Information is provided on the course work, credit and assessment requirements students must successfully complete to earn a Regents or local high school diploma, including the various safety net options available to assist students with disabilities to earn a local diploma. Requirements, model forms, guidance, and questions and answers for the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential and the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential are also provided. Check this site often for additional resources and updated questions and answers on both of these high school exiting credentials.”

Learn more via Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Special Education : P-12 : NYSED.


More Colleges Expanding Programs For Students On Autism Spectrum

From Forbes: “Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have always been on college campuses, but with the lack of screening technologies just a few years ago, they struggled through schooling virtually invisible. Today, however, the number of children on the spectrum has risen from 1 in 150 to 1 in 88 in less than ten years, and colleges are beginning to acknowledge that these young adults are eager to receive their college degrees.

The Harvard Review of Psychiatry recently released summaries of the latest findings in ASD research and highlighted that there is a significant upsurge of people with ASD arriving on college campuses.”

Read more via More Colleges Expanding Programs For Students On Autism Spectrum.