OTAN Digest #3
March 3, 2008



WIA Application Posted
The application for Workforce Investment Act Title II funds is now available online. You can always locate the application via the CDE Adult Education Office Web site section on Federal Grants. The grant application is only available to returning agencies that received WIA funding last year. The application is due in the CDE Adult Education Office by 4 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2008. [More]

Winter Consortium Webcast and Focus Groups
On February 26, Debra Jones, Administrator of the Adult Education Office of the California Department of Education, presented two Webcasts on California’s participation in the federal Workforce Investment Act, Title II.. [More]

Perkins Workshops Continue this Week.
Workshops for local administrators of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) continue to be offered this week by the California Department of Education. [More]

CAHSEE Prep Online Course

New Hot Topic: Transition to Postsecondary
OTAN is pleased to announce a new Hot Topic that focuses on a topic that is gathering quite a bit of interest right now in the field of Adult Education. How well are we preparing our students for postsecondary education, and assisting them in making that transition? [More]

CBET Funding Application Due May 30
All local education agencies (LEAs) that want to participate in the Community-Based English Tutoring (CBET) program are required to complete and submit an application form. [More]

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Professional Development:


About OTAN Training
OTAN is offers a wide variety of training opportunities for the Adult Education field in California. We offer both online workshops as well as face-to-face training. To view descriptions of our workshops check out "About OTAN Training." Choose "Online Courses" or "Face-to-Face courses" to read descriptions and register for workshops.

Upcoming Online Workshops:

March13, 2008Using Google's Picasa for Classroom Photos
Picasa is a free, downloadable photo management program from Google that allows you to find, edit and share your photos. Picasa also allows easy creation of photo galleries you can share online with your students.

March 14, 2008 Quia - Create your own Online Quizzes and Interactive Activities
Quia is a web site that makes it possible to create fun, interactive computer exercises and games in minutes for every level and every subject with no knowledge of html language.

March 15, 2008Using Excel to Create Student Study Activities
Participants will learn how to develop Web pages using tools from Google, including entering text, creating links between their pages and to other Web sites, and adding pictures/clipart.

Face to Face, Hands-On Workshops at your school!

March 7, 2008Creating Web Pages with Google Page Creator
Participants will learn how to develop Web pages using tools from Google, including entering text, creating links between their pages and to other Web sites, and adding pictures/clipart.

March 14, 2008Creative Classroom & Activity Ideas Using MS Word 2003
This workshop is designed for those with some previous experience using Microsoft Word 2003 for basic word processing. In this three hour, hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use Word to create classroom handouts for student activities as well as how to introduce it to students.

March 27, 2008Beginning PowerPoint 2003 for Adult Education
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn techniques they can use while creating PowerPoint for their classroom or the marketing of their school site.

California Budget Update

CA Legislation Update

CA Legislation Update

Legislative Analyst Unveils Review of State Budget
California's Legislative Analyst Liz Hill is estimating that the state budget shortfall is $1.5 billion more than the $14.5 billion estimated by the Schwarzenegger administration last month, a smaller increase than many observers expected. ...The LAO also recommends enactment of legislation to modify the growth adjustment formula for the adult education program to reflect the projected increase in the adult population. [More]