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Adult and Continuing Education Associations Web-based directory with links to adult basic education and continuing education associations and centers.

America's Job Bank provides a computerized network linking state Employment Service offices to provide job seekers with the largest pool of active job opportunities available anywhere and nationwide exposure for their resumes. For employers it provides rapid, national exposure for job openings and an easily accessible pool of candidates.

Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. This site provides links to Data; Economy at a Glance; Keyword Search of BLS Web Pages; Surveys & Programs; Publications & Research Papers; Regional Information; Mission, Management & Jobs; Other Statistical Sites; What's New; and Contact Information.

CASAS -- The Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System is a non-profit organization that provides competency-based curriculum management, assessment and evaluation systems to education and training programs.

Center for Adult English Language Acquisition replaces the National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE) in 2004. The purpose of the center is to assist states with emerging ESL populations

Center on Education and Work enables educators to engage youth and adults in learning and career development experiences that lead to meaningful and productive careers. Toward that end, the Center undertakes research, development, and capacity-building technical assistance activities to strengthen the connections among educational institutions, workplaces, communities, and families. Ultimately, the Center's efforts are designed to enhance the quality of career-related learning in schools, colleges, and the workplace for all individuals.

The Center for Workforce Preparation(CWP) The U.S. Chamber of Commerce created the Center for Workforce Preparation (CWP) in 1990 to help build leadership in local chambers for work development. The Center is focused on strengthening the role of state and local chambers in workforce development by providing them with tools, models, best practices and lessons learned.

The Conference Board Provides links to business resources and research publications for the purpose of gaining cross-industry knowledge and sharing experiences and best practices with executives from more than 3,000 organizations in 67 countries.

The Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration The Employment and Training Administration seeks to build up the labor market through the training of the workforce and the placement of workers in jobs through employment services. This web site is designed to direct adults, youth, and dislocated workers and workforce development professionals to information on these programs and services. Employers will find information on several areas, including tax credits and other hiring incentives, how to find and train employees, assistance with plant closures and downsizing, legislation text, and ETA grants and contracts. It also provides the most current ETA solicitation for grant applications and requests for proposals.

Economic Succes Clearinghouse (formerly Welfare Information Network) A Clearinghouse for Information, Policy Analysis & Technical Assistance on Welfare Reform.

The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a digital library of education-related resources, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC's mission is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information.

Employment Training Network The Employment Training Network (ETN) is a multi-faceted, full-service program created by the Employment Development Department (EDD) to assist in the development and implementation of effective Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs. The ETN is administered by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and is funded by the EDD Workforce Investment Division.

FedWorld Information Network provides access to other databases including Government Web Sites, U. S. Government Reports, and the FedWorld Information Network itself.

Institute for Career Development The Institute for Career Development (ICD) is an umbrella organization established by labor and management representatives of the steel industry to provide educational training opportunities for steelworkers.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a nationwide network of more than 70 not-for-profit centers whose purpose is to provide small and medium-sized manufacturers with individual help including human resource development. The site will help you locate the center nearest you.

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)  includes leaders of business, labor unions, trade associations, professional societies, education, community based organizations, civil rights groups, and government. MSSC has created a new skill standards system in manufacturing, A Blueprint for Workforce Excellence, and has launched a certification system that will assess worker skills and knowledge based on high-performance, industry-validated skill standards for all manufacturing sectors. Leading to nationally recognized certification as a "Manufacturing Production Technician", the program includes assessments in four areas: Manufacturing Processes and Production; Quality Assurance; Maintenance; and Health, Safety and Environmental Assurance.

National Association of State Workforce Agencies:Workforce ATM The National Association of State Workforce Agencies is the national organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance, employment and training services, and labor market information programs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Their web site includes many links to workforce educational resources, job opportunities, and publications from the Center for Employment Security Education and Research.

National Association of Workforce Boards NAWB represents business-led Workforce Boards consisting of public and private sector members thatplan and oversee state and local workforce development and job training programs.

National Center on Education and the Economy
Private, non-profit organization dedicated to the implementation of a comprehensive US education and human resource development system.

The National Institute on Post secondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (PLLI) supports research activities investigating how adults best learn - in formal educational institutions and in work settings as well as in informal settings, such as libraries, museums, and communities. It supports research related to assessing individual, program, and institutional performance; institutional and classroom policies and practices to improve matriculation persistence, achievement, and graduation by disadvantaged students; effective methods for helping adults upgrade their literacy and educational levels and vocational skills; and curriculum and instruction for the preparation and continuing education of teachers. PLLI conducts its work through large-scale research projects, field initiated studies, data collection, peer review, reports, and collaboration with other education agencies and stakeholder group.

National Workforce Assistance Collaborative (NWAC) was established by the U. S. Department of Labor in 1993 through a cooperative agreement with the National Alliance of Business (NAB) and its partners. NWAC's mission is to help small and mid-sized businesses adopt high performance work practices, become more competitive, and ultimately, to create and retain high-skill, high-wage jobs for American workers. In addition, NWAC was set up to strengthen service and information providers so they can better meet the needs of these businesses in four key areas: workplace literacy, employee training, work restructuring, and labor-management relations.

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) supports a wide range of programs and activities that help young people and adults obtain the knowledge and skills they need for successful careers and productive lives. On this site is information about programs, grants, and events related to adult education and vocational education; school-to-work; high school reform; community colleges; correctional education; tribal colleges and universities; community technology centers; empowerment zones and enterprise communities; and teacher.

Penn State Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy stresses the importance of using research to inform and improve practice related to adult literacy, and strives to conduct excellent research that will further that goal. One of the Penn State initiatives is workplace literacy and many resources that support this initiative are available full text through online links on the Resources & Publications page.

State Directors of Vocational-Technical Education is the U.S. Department of Education listing of addresses and links to directors of Vocational-Technical Education state by state.

U.S. Business Advisor seeks to provide business with one-stop access to federal government information, services, and transactions. The page on Workplace Issues provides collections of resources on "Finding Skilled Workers" and "Welfare to Work," among others.

The US Department of Labor includes links to substantial resources to aid in preparing the American workforce for new and better jobs and ensuring the adequacy of America's workplaces. Resource links on this page feature new initiatives, data and statistics, and laws and regulations, among others.

Women's Business Center is an interactive business skills training web site dedicated to helping entrepreneurial women realize their goals and aspirations for personal and professional development. The goal of the Women's Business Center is to provide women with the information and expertise they need to plan their economic independence through owning a business of their own.

Workforce Improvement Network, funded by the Office of Adult Education of the Virginia Department of Education, seeks to encourage and support the development and expansion of customized foundational basic skill instruction for Virginia's workforce through research and development, programs to inform business, industry and government, a network of program developers, and training programs for practitioners and curriculum developers.

The Workforce Information Council grew out of the Workforce Investment Act as a group of state and federal agency representatives whose goal is the dissemination of accurate and timely data and research statistics about the labor market.