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Online Tools for Adult Education, Pathways, Veterans and More

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December 12, 2013

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Online Tools for Adult Education, Pathways, Veterans and More

Online scorecards, infographics and other online tools are flourishing. One of the most recent entries is an infographic series created by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education for the nation as a whole and for all 50 states and DC. "Tapping the Potential: Profile of Adult Education Target Population" profiles use Census data to show the percentage of adults that lack a high school credential or English proficiency by age, gender and race/ethnicity, as well as their participation rates in the labor market and adult education. In addition, the graphics show federal and statement investment in adult education in recent years.

Workforce3One has launched a new Veterans' Priority resource page, a hub for information on veterans programs, policies and initiatives in the public workforce system. In addition, My Next Move for Veterans is a search engine that helps connect military experience with civilian careers and related training, and provides support on resume writing to highlight veterans' skills for the civilian world.

Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits lists free resources for building career pathways that help low-skilled adults access and achieve in education and the workplace. Resources selected for the catalog share clear, actionable tips for developing such a system across different agencies and stakeholder groups.

The Opportunity Index is an online scorecard that provides Opportunity Scores for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and Opportunity Grades for more than 3,000 counties and county equivalents. The scores are based on performance on 16 indicators, include several for education--preschool enrollment, on-time high school graduation rate and postsecondary completion, among others--as well as low unemployment, median household income and access to health care and healthy food. In the most recent index, Vermont ranked as the state with the highest opportunity score, while New Jersey had the highest score on the educational indicators. 

Finally, an online scorecard created by the Alliance for Excellent Education demonstrates the impact of educational achievement and attainment on the workforce and economy. At impact.all4ed.org, users can learn the impact increased attainment would have on income, GDP growth, spending and tax revenue for states and the nation as a whole.

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