April 2015
Vol. 6, No. 8
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New Administrator for Adult Education Office

Chris Nelson

Russell Weikle, Division Director, Career and College Transition Division, announced April 3 2015, that the California Department of Education has appointed Christian Nelson as the new administrator for the Adult Education Office. In Mr. Weikle's words "Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences in adult education leadership.

"Mr. Nelson has been an adult educator for his entire career. He taught high school subjects for adults seeking a high school diploma as well as classes for adults with disabilities as a teacher at Mt. Diablo Adult Education. Chris founded Episcopal Community Services Skills Center in San Francisco, a non-profit serving homeless and low-income adults. He has been an adult education administrator in a variety of adult schools including Albany, Martinez and most recently Oakland Unified School District where he served as the adult school Principal.

"Chris has been coordinating all activities in Oakland adult school for the AB 86 Regional Consortium. He worked closely with Peralta Community College District and five other adult schools to develop the regional plan to coordinate educational services for adult learners. He also served as President of the California Council for Adult Education.

"Chris is very passionate about Adult Education and adult students. I am pleased to have Chris Nelson providing leadership and direction in our Adult Education Office."

USCIS Announces Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunity

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program (logon required), a competitive grant opportunity for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The program will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. Applications are due by May 15.

Through this grant opportunity, USCIS seeks to expand the number of high-quality citizenship preparation services available throughout the country. Organizations selected to receive funding will offer both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to permanent residents. USCIS expects to announce up to 40 award recipients in September 2015.

WIOA: Five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking Available for Public Inspection

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On Thursday, April 2, 2015, the Department of Education released a program memorandum External link opens in new window or tab announcing five notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) related to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). We encourage you to share this information with interested stakeholders, and to become familiar now with the content of the NPRMs in advance of the comment period.

The AEFLA Title II NPRM is available online at https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-05540 External link opens in new window or tab. The other four NRPMs are posted on the Federal Register Public Inspection website at https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection External link opens in new window or tab. They will all be available for comment during a 60-day period beginning on April 16, 2015.

Visit www.ed.gov/aefla External link opens in new window or tab for links to the NPRMs and additional resources and information.

New TechHire Initiative Launched

President Obama Announces Multi-Sector Effort and Call to Action to Give Americans Pathways to Well-Paying Technology Jobs; Makes Available $100 Million in Grants

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President Obama announced a new TechHire initiative External link opens in new window or tab to equip workers with the skills necessary to fill 500,000 open positions in the information technology field. The TechHire initiative responds to this workforce need through a new $100 million grant program and a series of commitments from private sector employers and municipalities across the country.

The Department of Labor will release the grant solicitation in the fall of 2015, and awards will be announced in 2016. The program will support partnerships between employers, workforce boards, training institutions, nonprofit organizations, cities, and states employing a range of strategies, including accelerated training, work-based learning, and registered apprenticeships to serve both front-line workers and the unemployed.

Read more about the new TechHire Initiative in this informative fact sheet External link opens in new window or tab.



Videos and Handouts Available

Workshops

OTAN offers free online and face-to-face workshops to adult educators and staff throughout California. Find out more at http://www.otan.us/training

Online Workshops

Moodle v2: Integrate Learn360 Media into Moodle External link opens in new window or tab
April 24, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab
May 04, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Orienting Students to Online Learning External link opens in new window or tab
May 05, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Creating Web Sites - Wix and Google External link opens in new window or tab
May 06, 2015 – 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Technology Skills for Computer Based Testing External link opens in new window or tab
May 07, 2015 – 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students External link opens in new window or tab
May 08, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Simple Free Web Tools to Use with Your Students External link opens in new window or tab
May 08, 2015 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Creating a High Quality Online Course External link opens in new window or tab
May 12, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Moodle v2: Communication in Your Online Course External link opens in new window or tab
May 14, 2015 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab
May 15, 2015 – 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Citizenship Preparation Resources for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
May 21, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Google Tools and Drive External link opens in new window or tab
May 27, 2015 – 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Face-to-Face Workshops

Internet Resources for Adult Ed Teachers External link opens in new window or tab
May 22, 2015 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Redondo Beach Unified School District - South Bay Adult School

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 1 External link opens in new window or tab
June 01, 2015 – 12:15 PM to 3:15 PM
Turlock Adult School

To schedule a face-to-face workshop contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us.

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