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participant results and run reports based on their specified customer groups (youth, adult, dislocated worker), site/location, and compare results to statewide and national data. This integrated, seamless system was collaboratively designed to not only assess and report workplace competence, but stored information in Illinois workNet can be synced to update the IWDS state reporting system. early results The concept of LWIAs working in partnership with academic and occupational training providers to help individuals become college-and career-ready is not new. However, using technology to streamline the process, offering a consistent set of free activities, resources and assessments through Illinois workNet, and gaining local program endorsement on the holistic approach is new. The early adopters began in September this year, and the program was made available to other partners in October. Illinois workNet early adopters have taken the approach of incorporating the series of assessments and resources into their process. Most early adopters have decided to start using the assessment with their youth program. For example, they are providing the following items in an individual self-accessed or group setting: • assessments to identify skills and interests; • activities to help participants explore careers, find training programs, learn workplace skills, and find/apply for jobs; • workplace skill feedback based on observations in a group setting (includes soft skills); • workplace skill online assessment (includes soft skills); and • worksite evaluation for employer feedback (includes soft skills). Although this program is in its early stages, there has been much excitement about integrating the NOCTI 21st Century Skills for Workplace Success assessment and resources into the WIA continuum of services’ local approach. The streamlining process makes it easy to access, distribute and use. Natasha Telger is the Integration and Training Coordinator for Illinois workNet. She can be contacted at John C. Foster, Ph.D., is the president and CEO of NOCTI and the Whitener Group. He can be contacted at Get the Tools for Increased Enrollment and Retention! Here’s What Others Are Saying About Our Workshops: “ One of the best speakers that I have ever listened to!” “This was an amazing presentation and as a Millennial, and first time teacher, I feel very excited and inspired to do my job!” – Kristen Bielik, Columbiana County Career & Technology Center “How to Significantly Increase Enrollment, Retention and Graduation Rates with Millennials!” Wed. Nov 16th 8am-Noon ACTE National Convention Dynamic CTE enrollment and retention expert Mark C. Perna will share the secrets to significantly increasing enrollment, retention, and graduation rates. These decisive and timely enrollment strategies are critical in today’s highly competitive “outcome based” educational Mark C. Perna marketplace. Stop being “the best-kept secret in town” and discover how to maximize enrollment, retain students through consistent engagement and relationship-building tools, make the most of your existing organizational and financial resources, and proactively shape community awareness and opinion. “ Inspiring, enlightening, and amazing!” – Katherine Mays, Jefferson Area Technical School “ A must see – awesome!” – Gillian McKay, Nunez Community College – Sue Poulin, Manchester School of Technology “This presentation is why I came to the convention. Excellent!” – Pat Halpin, Randolph Technical Career Center “This workshop had the best enrollment and retention strategies I have ever heard.” – Brenda Marble, Pima County JTED 1742 Georgetown Rd. • Hudson, OH 44236 • Ph: 330-650-5300 • For more information and to register now go to -seating is limited! N ovember/december 2011 Techniques 35

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