Developing Career Pathways for Adults Institute: A Virtual Learning Opportunity

Attend one or more online sessions to learn more about supporting adults' career pathways

The Developing Career Pathways for Adults Institute is scheduled for February 1-3, 2017. This virtual institute will feature nine one-hour webinars designed to inform participants about key elements and strategies for successful adult career pathways development and implementation strategies.  These webinars are available to adult education practitioners, partners, and others interested in career pathways.  Participants can register for any or all of the webinars.  Registration information will be available January 3, 2017.  Space is limited to 100 participants per webinar so please be sure to register early. Please address any questions to KayLynn Hamilton at klh267@psu.edu.

Wednesday, February 1

10:00-11:00 am
Employability Skills: Using Foundation Framework Checklists with ESL Learners
This presentation will highlight the Foundation Skills Framework and introduce the Career Awareness Checklists, leveled activity samples that can be used to develop employability skills for ESL learners.
Presenter: Dr. Blaire Willson Toso, Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy
Recording / Presentation Slides with Notes
1:00-2:00 pm
Workforce Development Board Overview
This session will give the nuts and bolts of a local Workforce Development Board, including information about client eligibility, services and partnerships, and essential components for career pathways strategy development.
Presenter:
Korrie Lucas, Operations Manager, Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation
Recording / Presentation Slides with Notes
2:30-3:30 pm
Preparing Students for Transition to Employment: Using Contextualized Materials for Case Management
This webinar will demonstrate how to use authentic materials from a variety of different sectors to develop lessons/activities that prepare students for employment with a case management focus that can be done with groups or individuals. Presentation will demonstrate a connection to the Foundation Skills Framework as well.
Presenter: Angela Kenes, Intermediate Unit 1
Recording / Presentation Slides with Notes

Thursday, February 2

10:00-11:00 am
Supporting Pathways to Employment: Career Exploration Tools & Information
This webinar will highlight information and resources available on the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis and Job Gateway® websites. Additionally, presenters will provide current information on occupational data sets, hot jobs and High Priority Occupations.
Presenters:
Ed Legge, Kimberly DeLellis, and James Martini, Center for Workforce Information and Analysis
Recording / Presentation Slides
1:00-2:00 pm
Workforce Development and Career Pathways Resource Round-up
This webinar will take a facilitated tour of the career pathways resources available on the Pennsylvania Adult Education Resources web site.
Presenter:
KayLynn Hamilton, Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy
Recording / Presentation Slides with Notes
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Contextualized Resources for Instructional Planning: Feature Resources for Sector-focused Instruction
This webinar will introduce one specific resource for several of the sectors. The introduction of the resource will provide overview of features and highlight several examples of how the resource can be used for instructional planning.
Presenter: Angela Kenes, Intermediate Unit 1
Recording / Presentation Slides with Notes

Friday, February 3

10:00-11:00 am
Using Career Pathways Student Report Data
This webinar will focus on the value of analyzing and making informed decisions based on data using the Career Pathways Student Reports.
Presenter: Kimberly Gavlick, Luzerne County Community College
Recording / Presentation Slides with Notes
1:00-2:00 pm
PA CareerLink® Promising Practices Panel
This webinar will feature a panel of adult education providers who will describe their integration of services within the PA CareerLink®
Panel: Penn State University, University Park, PA, Northwest IU 5, Edinboro, PA, and Community Learning Center, Philadelphia, PA
Recording / Presentation Slides
2:30-3:30 pm
Preparing Students for Transition to Postsecondary: Using Contextualized Materials for Case Management
This webinar will demonstrate how to use authentic materials from a variety of different sectors to develop lessons/activities that prepare students for postsecondary education with a case management focus that can be done with groups or individuals. Presentation will demonstrate a connection to the Foundation Skills Framework as well.
Presenter:
Angela Kenes, Intermediate Unit 1
Recording / Presentation Slides with Notes

Presenter Biographies

Jeffery Abramowitz, J.D.

Director of Student Services and Workforce Development
Community Learning Center

Jeffrey Abramowitz was a civil trial lawyer in Philadelphia for over twenty years. Jeff accepted a starting position teaching GED Math for Community Learning Center in October 2015, and in January 2016,  Jeffrey was promoted to Director of Student Services and Workforce Development.

Jeffrey Abramowitz has been instrumental in creating a blended adult education and workforce development program and developing an educational upskilling clinic, partnering with PA CareerLink® Suburban Station. Jeffrey created, developed and nurtured partnerships with employers, placement agencies, post-secondary institutions and trade organizations, all in an effort to more effectively place students, many with significant barriers, into the workforce.   Most recently, Jeffrey has created a Reentry Workshop at PA CareerLink® Suburban Station, helping returning citizens with the transition home and helping them find their career pathway and employment. Jeff has also provided staff reentry sensitivity training at PA CareerLink®, and created a resource book for the Reentry Workshop.

Jeff is an active member of the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, serving on the Education and Employment Committees, sits on the Academic Advisory Board of Peirce College, Co-facilitates the Temple University New Opportunities Workshop, and regularly lectures at Temple University and throughout Philadelphia on workforce development topics.  Jeff is also a member of the Society for Human Resources.

Kimberly DeLellis

Workforce Development Manager
Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

Mrs. DeLellis started her career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis (CWIA) as a statistical assistant in 1999.  Throughout her career, Kim has worked on the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, employment projections and requests related to occupational data.  Today, Mrs. DeLellis manages sections that focus on demographic, industry and occupational statistics and their use in workforce development as well as outreach efforts to customers.

Kimberly Gavlick

Program Administrator
Luzerne County community College

Kimberly Gavlick is the current program administrator of the adult education program at Luzerne County Community College. Kimberly has worked in adult education for the past 19 years. During that time, she has been an adult education instructor, data specialist, and program coordinator. Kimberly has her master’s in education, is a reading specialist, and is currently working with the Career Pathways Project as a career awareness teacher coach.

KayLynn Hamilton

Senior Research Faculty Assistant
Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State

KayLynn Hamilton is a Senior Research Faculty Assistant at the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State.  KayLynn provides leadership and support to adult education agencies and partners throughout Pennsylvania in the implementation of career pathways strategies and workforce development partnerships through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s WIOA state leadership initiative. Additionally, she has directed an Integrated Education and Training Curriculum design project in partnership with the Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Central Workforce Development Board.  She presents career pathways and planning workshops at local, state and regional forums and is a certified Career Pathways Leader through the National Career Pathways Network.  Most recently KayLynn has worked with professionals in Kansas, California, Arizona, Michigan, and South Dakota through the US Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s LINCS project as a national trainer and content specialist.

A former Marano Fellow with the Aspen Institute’s Sector Skills Academy, KayLynn now serves as a certified trainer for Aspen’s Sector Skills Academy. She has worked in adult education since 1992 and holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Penn State, graduating in the first class of the World Campus. She is a current member of the Central Workforce Development Board representing Title II adult education providers.

Dawn Hannah

Director of Education
Community Learning Center

Dawn holds a B.S. in Spanish from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University.  Since graduating in 1997, Dawn has dedicated her professional life to improving the academic success and persistence of at-risk youth and striving adult learners. She has held several positions in teaching and education leadership at the Community College of Philadelphia, the National Center on Adult Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, and the Center for Literacy. Dawn has served as director of education at Community Learning Center since 2013.

Martha Hunter

Adult Education Specialist
The Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State University

Martha Hunter began her adult education career in 1987 as a part time GED instructor with the Williamsport School District.  Her experience includes ABE/GED instructor, Family Literacy Instructor, and a corrections education instructor.  She is currently an Adult Education Specialist with the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State University, with the Career Pathways program at PA CareerLink®, Lycoming County.  Her role includes instruction and case management.  She contextualizes lesson plans and aligns instruction to meet college and career readiness standards.  She also facilitates student orientation and initial goal setting.  Her responsibilities include ongoing case management and support to ensure student progress and achievement of outcomes.

Angela Kenes

Career Pathways Technical Assistant
Intermediate Unit 1

Angela Kenes has worked at the Intermediate Unit 1 over eleven years in adult education. She serves as a PA Career Pathways Technical Assistant, ABLE Coordinator, and Adult Learner Program Coordinator at Penn State Fayette. She is a social studies cyber school instructor and was an adjunct reading instructor at West Virginia University.

Edward Legge

Center for Workforce Information and Analysis

Mr. Legge began his service to the Commonwealth as a statistician for the Department of Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis in 1986.  Mr. Legge served in a variety of managerial roles and currently oversees the workforce and program analysis activities of the Center.

Ruth Love-Schooley

Adult Education Specialist
The Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State University

Ruth Love-Schooley is an Adult Education Specialist with The Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State University. She graduated from Lycoming College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. Since then, she has been in the field of adult education for seventeen years, and has served as an ABE/GED instructor, as well as a Family Literacy Program Supervisor. In her current role, Ruth plans and contextualizes curriculum/lesson plans and aligns instruction to meet college and career readiness standards, post-secondary access and the needs of the employers, the emerging industry, and occupational trends.

Ruth has been the basic skills instructor for a Direct Care Worker Integrated Education and Training (IET) project in partnership with 1199C of Philadelphia. In 2015, Ruth served as the basic skills instructor for an IET with the WATCH program (Work Attributes Towards Careers in Health, a Health Profession Opportunities Grant). Ruth recently worked as a Content Developer for IET Curricula under a Pathways to Employment Program funded by CPWDC (Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation).

Korrie Lucas

Operations Manager
Central PA Workforce Development Corporation

Korrie Lucas is the Operations Manager at Central PA Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC). In this role, she is responsible for policy, program management and oversight of WIOA Title I Adult, Dislocated Worker, In-School Youth, and Out-of-School Youth operations in addition to the Department of Human Services (DHS) employment and training programs in CPWDC’s nine county region.  She serves on the statewide association of Workforce Development Boards as a co-chair of the DHS Technical Workgroup and as an active member of the Operations Council, influencing policy on a state-wide level.

Korrie began her career with Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency in 2001 where she worked as a Business Analyst.  When she moved back to the Williamsport area from Harrisburg to be closer to family in 2009, she started working for CPWDC.  Korrie has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lycoming College.  She loves spending all of her time outside of work with her husband and little girl.

James Martini

Economist
Center for Workforce Information and Analysis

James Martini began working for the Commonwealth in 2008 as a statistician for the Department of Labor and Industry and the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.  In this position he worked on reports focusing on emerging trends in the energy industry, including green jobs and natural gas development, and the related economic impacts.

Since 2011 he has served The Center as an economist, focusing on special reports and studies, as well as outreach and training. James received his bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Economics, Psychology, and Philosophy, and has a master’s degree in business administration.

Blaire Willson Toso, Ph.D.

Associate Director
Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State

Dr. Toso has over 20 years’ experience in adult education. Her experience as a practitioner, administrator, curriculum and materials developer, teacher trainer, researcher, and instructor enables her to examine the adult education system from a variety of perspectives. She leads or collaborates on multiple research and evaluation projects, such as the Pennsylvania Career Pathways for Adults (PA Department of Education) and has participated in national professional development projects, such as the Literacy Information Communication System (LINCS). She currently develops and leads professional development for statewide initiatives, such as the Career and College Readiness Standards for Adults.  In addition, she participates on a national research project, Career Pathways Programming for Lower Skilled Adults and Immigrants: A Comparative Analysis of Adult Education Providers in High-Need Cities, investigating career pathways in three major urban cities.

Mike Vail

Director
Career Pathways Adult Education Program at PA CareerLink® Lycoming County
Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State

Mike Vail has worked in the field of education since teaching his first GED preparation class in North Philadelphia in 1977 while an undergraduate at Temple University. In that time, he has taught English and drama at the high school and college levels; instructed and counseled at-risk adolescent students; developed and written curricula; initiated after school programs for children and evening programs for working adults; recruited, trained, and supported volunteer tutors; overhauled the orientation, training, and supervision of professional instructors; and facilitated professional development modules for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He currently directs the Career Pathways direct service adult education programs in Lycoming and Centre counties offered through PSU’s Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy and funded by PDE and USDOE.