Compiled by the staff of the SABES Central Regional Support Center
and the members of the CMA SABES Counseling Sharing Group
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GED test centers, online course and Accuplacer practice
Labor Market Information
Reports and Research
- Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS) - www.masscis.intocareers.org - provides "occupational and educational information to help people make better-informed career and school choices." Has interactive assessment tools; information relays common work activities, needed skills and abilities, wages, etc. (click on "adult" and then choose 2nd option for registering by entering city and zip code to continue). Also info on MA schools that meet needs.
- Career Information - Myfuture.com - allows you to search by field of study, industry, type of work or career trait (which aligns with Holland's inventory).
- Career Pathways Instructional Materials Library lincs.ed. gov/pd/careerpathways - contains U.S. Department of Education's 16 Career Clusters with essential knowledge and skill statements.
- Curriculum - "Integrating Career Awareness in ABE/ESOL" (ICA) www.sabes.org (scroll down to the ICA). Has worksheets to help students identify their interests, values, goals and transferable skills as well as to develop their awareness of college vocabulary and planning steps.
- Curriculum "Strategies for Success" from Career Coach at Women Employed gives background information and curricular ideas on helping students understand and undertake a career planning process. You can download individual modules or entire piece; includes a template for "My Career Plan" - www.womenemployed.org/index.php?id=143
- Health Care Careers www.masspulse.com/students.html - provides information and worksheets to assess whether a health career is right for you, plus conveys the variety of tasks and educational courses important to different health care jobs.
- Health Care Careers explorehealthcareers.org/en/Page.CareerExplorer.aspx - also offers helpful resources, including descriptions of a variety of health care careers, and information on educational requirements and financial aid resources.
- Occupational Exploration - www.nycareerzone.org lists occupations, including tasks, skills and knowledge required. Has videos of occupations.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - www.bls.gov/oco - offers occupations, descriptions and requirements.
- One Stop Career Centers see MA Information/Resources.
- ONET Interest Profiler - www.mynextmove.org helps you learn your interests and correlates them with the world of work. Go to the option on the right, "Tell us what you like to do;" students can take the interest survey and get an immediate personalized summary with recommended types of jobs to seek. Also lets you search occupations through key words or by industry as well as check which jobs have a bright outlook.
- Resources on such topics as transferable skills, checklist for resume development, guides to interviewing and to career fairs, etc. go to website and click on "handouts:" career.missouri.edu/resources/?menu=resources
- World-of-Work Map (Counselor version) www.act.org/wwm/counselor.html - shows visual of 6 general types of work which align with Holland's occupational types, and identifies 26 career areas within the 6 career cluster areas.
- Checklist - "7 Dimensions of Job Readiness" is a list of what a job seeker needs to get/keep a job (from ABEnextsteps.org) - www.abenextsteps.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/7-Dimensions-checklist.pdf
- Pamplhet - Career Planning and Educational Choices - put out by Woodburn Press (www.woodburnpress.com) - takes you through the process of deciding about careers and learning about what educational options there are to prepare for them.
- Video - CORI information (what it is, who has access to it, how to correct mistakes on it, how to seal one's record, etc.) view video by the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston - www.masslegalhelp.org/cori/jobs/training-video
- Information on applying for citizenship, what's on the test, study guides, etc.: www.joneslibrary.org/esl/citizenship/citizenship.html
- "Civics and Citizenship Toolkit" - www.citizenshiptoolkit.gov/Explore/ - Contains a variety of resources including:
Guide for New Immigrants
Civics Flashcards (for practice of citizenship test questions)
Essential information in Spanish
Video of U.S. history with English captions
Citizen's Almanac which has information on patriotic songs, poems, famous speeches and well-known foreign-born Americans
- Foreign Degree and Credit Equivalency: "Applicants seeking licensure on the basis of foreign (non-U.S.) coursework and/or diplomas must provide the Office of Educator Licensure with a detailed equivalency report or course-by-course evaluation of any college-level credit completed. Independent evaluations must be made by a nationally recognized agency such as those listed below. If you would like to utilize the services of an agency not listed here, please contact the Office of Educator Licensure to make sure the agency is fully recognized."
- Center for Educational Documentation
PO Box 199
Boston, MA 02117
- Education International
29 Denton Road
Wellesley, MA 02482
- Also, see "Runways to Professional Licensure: A Guide to Advise Professionals from Other Countries How to Become Credentialed in Massachusetts" from the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) of Worcester State University (#508-929-8031)
- Immigration research, information and news - The ILC (Immigrant Learning Center): www.immigrationresearch-info.org
- "Know Your Rights" video from MIRA (MA Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition) www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Z_Z5tSsUs
- Book - Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: How to Do Business in Sixty Countries, by Terri Morrison, Wayne Conaway and George Borden (ISBN #1-55850-444-3; Bob Adams, Inc. Publishers). There are also individual versions of this title that concentrate on Asia, Europe or Latin America. These are available through the SABES library - www.sabes.org/resources/library.htm
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- "Basics of Effective Learning" from Bucks County Community College covers such topics as knowing yourself, time management, study skills, learning strategies for reading college texts and writing college reports, critical thinking skills and asking the right questions www.bucks.edu/~specpop/topics.htm
- "Beyond Financial Aid" 2010 Guide to Extra Help for Low-Income Adult Students from Crittenton Women's Union offers tips on what to study, where to enroll and how to pay for it, as well as sections on food stamps, Transitional Assistance to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), health insurance, unemployment insurance, child care, and subsidized housing - www.liveworkthrive.org/site/assets/docs/CWU_Beyond_Financial_Aid_FINAL_082310.pdf
- "College for Adults" from World Education's National College Transition Network has 5 units (Career Planning, Applying to College, Financial Planning, Academic Skills including studying and test-taking tips - and Resources) with accompanying worksheets - www.collegeforadults.org
- Educational Opportunity Centers provide free "education access services to low-income, potential college students at 6 service centers across the state. Services include academic and career advising, college search and admissions application assistance, financial aid information and application assistance, and referrals to other agencies for additional supportive services." www.cowc.org/EOC
- Massachusetts Community Colleges' information www.masscc.org
- National College Transition Network includes promising practices on such topics as orientation, intake, student portfolios, and career planning, as well as resources and reports - www.collegetransition.org/home.html
- Workbook of college planning information provides vocabulary definitions and budget worksheet (click on "publications" and then left on "workbooks") - tericollegeplanning.org
- Emergency resource information regarding food stamps, childcare, legal assistance, homelessness, energy assistance, transportation services, employment and job training, etc., go to MassResources.org
- "Emergency Resources and Links in Times of Need "- www.disabilityinfo.org/mnip/db/fsl/FactSheet.aspx?id=123 - While the site covers those with disabilities, the resources are also targeted to help seniors and low-income. Scroll down to access specific information on shelters, soup kitchens, etc.
- Emergency resource information on housing, food pantries, addiction prevention programs, etc., go to www.211us.org (a program of United Way) for the number to call in your area.
- MassLegalHelp provides information on children and families, domestic abuse, health and mental health, disability, housing, CORI, etc. and can help you identify legal aid in your area. It offers information in several different languages - www.masslegalhelp.org
- Workplace Rights for national information and state agency contact information regarding legal rights on such topics as discrimination/harassment , health and safety, and workers' compensation, go to: www.workplacefairness.org
- Economic independence calculator at Crittenton Women's Union -plug in your town and the number of people in your family, and it will calculate how much you need to earn and projects monthly expenses - www.liveworkthrive.org/research_and_tools/economic_independence_calculator
- Mapping Your Financial Journey: Helping Adults Plan for College is a publication of National College Transition Network which "contains financial planning and goal setting worksheets and information about money pitfalls. It also contains information on calculating the cost of college beyond tuition." E-mail them at email@example.com to receive a PDF copy.
- Salary ranges for particular jobs with descriptions of functions are available at www.salary.com
- See "Educational Opportunity Centers" under College Readiness/Planning.
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- Helpful LD information for parents, advocates and educators - www.ldonline.org
- Description of the LD guidebook, Unlocking the Potential of Adults with Learning Disabilities, which practitioners have found to be extremely valuable, and includes resources and articles - adultldlearning.com
- Identification of what is and isn't LD, classroom challenges, interview questions and resources (from Minnesota) - manual.abedisabilities.org
Questions or comments? Contact Anne Goff of the SABES Central Regional Support Center:
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