The Distance Learning Project Update webinar featured information about distance learning classes and curriculum, referral process, and program requirements. Agencies shared challenges they faced, and the webinar included suggestions for how distance learning can be one option to address these challenges. The webinar discussed how blended learning (distance learning and face-to-face instruction) can help students improve academic and technology skills.
On January 27, the Career Pathways Webinar Series will kick-off with the Work-based Learning and Apprenticeships webinar. This webinar will feature Scott Sheldon of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Apprenticeship Program. Scott will introduce the electrician apprenticeship program in Montgomery County and answer participants’ questions about this work-based learning model. Also Christine M. Jensen, PA CareerLink® Administrator, Luzerne County, will introduce the Virtual Job Shadow feature available on JobGateway and discuss how this tool is being used at their site. Registration is available on MyLearningPlan. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn from our partners!
The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians developed a fact sheet that shares information about Pennsylvania's immigrants. Bahiya Cabral-Johnson, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians Deputy Director, presented these statistics at the WIB Symposium's opening plenary session, "After WIOA: the Widening Future Worker Gap." Ms. Cabral-Johnson shared how a large number of Pennsylvania's immigrants tend to be at either end of the education spectrum (less than a high school diploma to graduate/professional degrees) and how this creates challenges for finding employment.
Download the "Immigrants in Pennsylvania" fact sheet
The e-Data System is now open for data entry for the 2014-15 program year. Please keep in mind that not all contracts are completed in e-Grants and therefore are not imported into e-Data at this time.
If your agency does not have a contract in the e-Data system, you cannot start data entry. In addition, do not enter any data for a specific contract until it is available in e-Data. Please keep in mind that the e-Data Tech Support project does not have access to the eGrants system and we cannot check the status of your grants. Once a grant has reached “Completed” status in eGrants, it will be imported automatically into e-Data system. The import process runs automatically, every Saturday morning.
The biggest change in the e-Data system this year is the use of 064 contracts which replaced the 041/059 contracts in previous years. When adding classes, groups or pairs linked to the 064 contract, the options for the “Service” field are different. The 064 contract will have options to designate if the class/group/pair is funded through state, federal or a combination of both funds. This will allow programs to correctly track and report the use of their funds. The following options will appear in the Service field when the 064 contract is selected:
This change led to an adjustment of the fields that appear on the class, group and pair screens. The Contract-Program Component field is moved above the Service field since the contract number now decides the options that appear in the Service field. The Service options remain the same as previous years when using a Family Literacy contract (ABE, ESL, ASE). When using an EL/Civics (061) contract, the only Service option available is ESL.
The attached document is a guide to beginning the new year in e-Data. Please review the document before beginning data entry. This file is also posted on our website, along with a few other updated documents. The 2014-15 version of the Educational Functioning Level (EFL) Chart is available for download. We have also posted the 2014-15 version of the e-Data System Manual/Glossary on our website. This file is also accessible from the e-Data home page. The EFL Chart and Beginning the New Year documents can be found on our Help documents page at http://www.ed.psu.edu/isal/edata/e-data-help-documents
We are in the process of building the 2014-15 version of the Microsoft Access template for e-Data. We will inform agencies when the file is ready for download.
For additional information, contact us at eDataTechSupport@psu.edu or 877-857-8869.
At the August Administrator's meeting, several programs were recognized for achievement in various performance measures. Programs were awarded a "Bootsie Award" which is named after Bootsie Barbour, Project Coordinator for the Consultation and Facilitation services offered through the Professional Development System. These awards were given for program performance in Program Year 2012-13.
The data collection forms for the 2014-15 Program Year are now available to download on the e-Data Tech Support website at http://www.ed.psu.edu/isal/edata/e-data-forms
This year, we have changed the End of the Year School Progress Report to an electronic form. The form can be completed electronically but may also be printed and completed by hand.
For additional information, please contact e-Data Tech Support at 877-857-8869 or eDataTechSupport@psu.edu. You can also visit the MIS Support webpage on this site.
A recent Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board meeting included information about the top skills and certifications that employers are including in their job postings. This slide, presented by the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, shows that the top certifications are typically short-term, with trainings available locally.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education released additional information about the grandfathering of 2002 GED® scores via a memo on May 12, 2014. Please see below for a link to the memo and Frequently Asked Questions guide.
There are many new professional development offerings are now available for registration in MyLearningPlan. For more information about the offerings, please visit the Essential Core Courses page.
On April 7, Mary Kay Peters joined the Division of Adult Education as a regional advisor. The new advisor assignments are as follows:
Christine Houck will be the acting Professional Development System coordinator. She will also be the advisor for the adult education programs at the following agencies: Tuscarora IU 11, Penn State University/ISAL, Stairways and GECAC.