ALISON is a web resource for interactive certification-based learning on basic computer use. ALISON stands for Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online. The learning is provided free of charge to individual users.
The training is clear and user-friendly for even a computer novice. The exercises are self-paced and they can be started and stopped by the user at any point in the training. Each person has a unique log-on, and ALISON "remembers" where each person was in the program from the last time he or she logged on. ALISON covers a basic "international computer driving license" including: • concepts of information technology; • using the computer and managing files; • word processing; • spreadsheets; • database; • presentation; • information and • communications.
America’s Career Infonet offers a special section that addresses education and career concerns of youth and learners. Another affiliate of CareerOneStop, this stop is a resource for career exploration by occupation, industry and state. The Youth and Learner section includes links to colleges and universities, tips on choosing training, financial aid, testing and assessments.
An official website of the U.S. government, JobCenter.USA.Gov includes resources for job seekers, business, veterans and youth.
In addition, the site delves into education and training, financing a business, using occupation or keyword search to find education and training options, short-term training, finding programs where an individual can earn a certificate, diploma or award in fewer than 24 months, Job Corps for young adults ages 16 to 24, registered apprenticeships, professional certifications, and occupational licenses.
The career exploration site includes sections on:
- social studies;
- music and arts;
- building and fixing things;
- helping people;
- managing money;
- Bureau of Labor Statistics career information;
- a teacher's guide; and
- A through Z list of careers.
CareerBuilder boasts more than 1 million job postings. The web site allows you to do quick searches or set up personalized accounts that will deliver matching jobs to you e-mailbox on a regular basis. Other tabs for advice and resources link to third-party partners, and another section features job fairs sponsored by CareerBuilder.
CareerJournal.com is an online magazine offered by Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). In addition to a job database offering more than 100,000 available positions from the job web sites published by newspapers, magazines and TV stations, the site includes thousands of archived articles from the staff of the WSJ, WSJ.com, and Career Journal.
One section of special importance to youth and first-time job seekers is the Job-Hunting Advice tab, where you can view the latest ideas on cover letters, interviewing, and how to use computer technology such as job blogs (web logs), discussion groups, and online networking. There’s even a little humor from staff columnists and cartoonists.
These links are available through CareerOneStop, operating through federal-state partnerships.
The non-profit center within the College of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge, provides applied, customized training and development programs, managerial consultation, and research to client organizations.
The site is sponsored by the American Economic Association's Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession. The goals of the site include fostering conversations and networking among students of economics, especially minority individuals, and professional economists, many of whom are faculty members at colleges and universities. The site includes a mentoring program, resources for economists and students, and information on conferences.
Sponsored by Education Portal and the American Library Association, this web site is geared toward teens and prospective students, and the site acts as a portal to degree programs, career information, school reviews, and education news. Education-Portal.com also provides information and services including:
• College Admissions and Preparation—College Admissions and Preparation pages that include useful tips and advice for applying to colleges, preparing for college entrance exams, and selecting a University.
• College Prep Page—College Prep Page includes summaries of thousands of degree programs including certifications, Associates and Bachelors Degrees as well as Graduate Degree Programs. Program information also lists typical coursework and degree specializations.
• Career Planning Information—Career Planning Information pages help students find popular career paths within specific majors. Students learn top job fields that relate to each specific major.
• University Information Pages—University Information pages includes a state-by-state breakdown of popular colleges and universities, including enrollment statistics as well as the university's respective city population statistics.
EducatorLabs describes itself as comprised of school librarians and media/market research specialists who work as curators and conservators of the scholastic web. In previous decades, our resource collections, EducatorLabs said, were finite and we knew our card catalog backwards and forwards; nowadays, modern technology provides us with a seemingly infinite inventory of educational resources.
Unfortunately, there simply are no comprehensive card catalogs for the Internet and, sadly, many untapped resources go undiscovered by most teachers. Naturally, we feel compelled to bridge the gap. Our mission is to assist educators, for whom time is a precious commodity, in discovering valuable resources of substance for classroom use. We also seek to strengthen connections among the educational web by acting as courier: because of our high standards, our approach is grassroots and hands-on in nature. In addition, EducatorLabs seeks online resources to help the millennial generation in finding job-training as well as employment opportunities.
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• Arts & Religion;
• Business & MBA;
• Computers & IT;
• Health & Medicine;
• Science & Engineering; and
• Trades & Career.
The site is dedicated to providing information on hot jobs and occupations experiencing growth in areas including the number of job openings, as well as provide details about the skills and educational requirements for these expanding occupations. Features of this website include:
• taking charge of your job search;
• employment trends in various occupations and industries within Indiana and throughout the United States;
• self assessments; and
• skills and occupations.
This site provides access to the U.S. Commerce Department's activities that impact the national economy as well as regional economies throughout the nation.
Aspire to a job with the federal government? Federal Job Search.com allows job seekers to browse or search for such jobs by career field or state. By completing a free registration with this site – which is not affiliated with the U.S. government -- you can create an online search “agent” and get regular alerts via email. Or do a quick search by state, career field, and salary.
The Indiana Health Industry Forum is a non-profit, private-sector organization whose members come from a private/public alliance of manufacturers, suppliers, educational institutions, health-care providers, service providers and government.
In describing itself, the forum said it takes action to be a "catalyst, convener, innovator, coordinator, and supporter of initiatives that advance" health-related enterprises within Indiana.
Indiana INTERNnet is an internship-matching program linking employers, students, high schools, colleges and universities by providing both high-tech and high-touch support. It is a powerful high-tech Web-based search, matching and reporting system coupled with “high touch” personal assistance, a toll-free hotline to answer questions and provide internship guidance, resource materials, creating or expanding high quality internship opportunities within the state.
Indiana INTERNnet was formed in 2001, shortly after a series of Indiana Chamber-led studies that demonstrated the state's "brain drain" issue. The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce initiated and operated the program in partnership with the University of Indianapolis. With continued funding from the Lilly Endowment, in May 2004, the organization was granted 501(c)3 tax exempt status and was moved to the Indiana Chamber, the state's largest business advocacy organization.
The state launched IndianaCareerConnect.com in July 2008 to direct individuals to enhanced career advancement tools as well as provide employers with quick and efficient access to candidates. The website offers a hefty menu of services to individuals and employers at no charge.
IndianaCareerConnect.com offers individuals the most comprehensive source of Indiana job openings as well as help in aligning his or her skills to available jobs. Moreover, the site provides employers with access to an extensive database of job seekers and highlights qualified individuals with necessary experience and workplace abilities. The website's features for individuals include: • find a job; • create a resume; • explore a career; and • research the job market. Meanwhile, employers have access to offerings such as: • find a candidate; • post a job; • research candidate trends; and • gather general labor market information.
Based in Washington, D.C., IEDC is a non-profit membership organization whose members include:
- regional, state, county, and city economic development organizations;
- chambers of commerce and other business support agencies;
- community and neighborhood development organizations;
- technology development agencies;
- utility companies;
- educational institutions;
- consultants; and
- redevelopment authorities.
IEDC offers programs and services geared toward providing educational opportunities, analyzing and disseminating information, and helping decision-makers' improve their responses to economic development needs.
Shadow real people's jobs online.
This organization is a consortium of state and federal workforce development agencies. The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration oversees the consortium's activities.
Learn More Resource Center (formerly Indiana Career & Post Secondary Advancement Center, ICPAC) is under the direction of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education.
Having worked with many Job Corps centers nationwide since 1998, the Vstreet web site is designed to offer young people a place where they can express their ideas and opinions, network with others, personalize their own V-room, and submit their works to an art gallery or poetry book. In an effort to help young people learn essential life and social skills, the site, which costs $24 per year to subscribe, covers topics and issues including employment, health, money management, housing, relationships, cooking, and transportation, among others.
FOR TEACHERS: LiteracyLink Online is a dynamic, technology-based resource center for adult basic education teachers. You'll find a personalized, password-protected Teacher Home Space that contains teaching tools, lessons and resources, assessment tools, and teacher training for GED Connection and Workplace Essential Skills. You'll find teaching tips, answer keys to the GED Connection practice tests and quizzes, information on utilization workshops and conferences, and handouts. Find out how you can license a virtual classroom, and use LiteracyLink e-messaging to review and comment on your learners' online work, and use online management tools to track and report learners' progress.
FOR LEARNERS: LiteracyLink is an online learning center offering workplace readiness, basic skills and GED preparation for adult learners. Registration is free, and you'll get a personalized, password-protected Learner Home Space with Interactive lessons and activities for Workplace Essential Skills & GED Connection; a portfolio to save your work that is accessible from anywhere you can use the Internet; online resources that include a dictionary and calculator; and a private online journal. You can request an online teacher who will look at the work saved in your portfolio and coach you on your progress via Literacy Link e-mail.
Search the classified advertising section of your local newspaper for job opportunities that fit with your skills and experience.
The Low Income Investment fund seeks to create pathways of opportunity for low-income people and communities by providing a bridge between private capital markets and low-income neighborhoods.
Put the Monster to work for you. Create a customized job profile, load multiple resumes to apply online, and set up regular job searches that can be delivered directly to your mailbox. Designate the industry, location and even pay scale in which you are interested by becoming a free member at Monster.com.
A section of the web site called MonsterTRAK specializes in helping students look for full-time and part-time positions, internships & on-campus employment. It includes an interactive “Major to Career Converter” which list career opportunities by college majors. Another regular feature “On the Job” offers advice to youth in their first year of employment. There is even a Message Board monitored by a MonsterTRAK career coach.
This website provides easy access to non-expert definitions of mortgage and financial terms, such as "above-the-line deduction" (above-the-line deductions are tax items that are subtracted from, or added to, gross income in the calculation of adjusted gross income). Here are other examples from the site:
• Fannie Mae—It is a congressionally chartered, shareholder-owned company and the nation's highest supplier of home mortgage funds; and
• Zero-lot line—When a house is built on a lot so that one wall is on the property boundary.
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) was created in response to a 2001 study that found only 10 percent of more than 1,200 community colleges nationwide offered any type of entrepreneurship education in their curriculum. Both the American Association for Community Colleges and the National Commission on Entrepreneurship recognized that community colleges were positioned ideally to act as catalysts to foster economic growth via entrepreneurship education at the community college level. Thus, NACCE was launched to establish entrepreneurship education as a community college core offering to spur economic development.
Five colleges have developed workforce training programs dedicated to major segments of the biotechnology sector, considered a high-growth industry by many observers. The colleges collectively received a $5-million grant from the U.S. Labor Department in 2004 to develop the centers. The colleges and the biotech focus areas are: Forsyth Technical Community College, Winstom-Salem, N.C. (biotech research and development); New Hampshire Community Technical College, Stratham, N.H. (bio manufacturing); Indian Hills Community College, Centerville, Iowa (agriculture and food processing); Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, Wash. (life science informatics); and Miracosta Community College, Oceanside (north San Diego), Calif. (bioprocessing).
The center seeks to develop and implement innovative solutions to public policy challenges, and it studies issues within areas including social, economic and workforce programs, education, health, homeland security and technology, and environment, energy and natural resources.
The center's mission is to increase employment opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with disabilities.
NWA is a membership organization seeking to strengthen the workforce development system nationwide. An affiliate of the National Association of Counties, NWA provides expertise and input to federal, state and local elected officials regarding policy decisions affecting the workforce system. In addition, NWA provides training sessions, conferences, and publications to locally based workforce programs.
The center offers web seminars (or webinars), books, articles, consulting services, software, tutorials and events addressing risk management, especially in the workplace, as well as other areas, including managing employment practices.
This office handles unemployment insurance issues and is a unit of the DOL's Employment and Training Administration.
OnlineCourses.com, also known as LectureFox.com, is a free and comprehensive resource that is a collection of open college course that spans videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors at Harvard, Princeton, MIT and other colleges and universities. OnlineCourse.com offers highly relevant subject matter such as iPhone Application Development from Stanford and Cyber Humor from Oxford.
Check out these other links for information and advice on important topics for youth in the workforce.
Your local Chamber of Commerce is a strong advocate for business in government, economic and community sectors. Its information, services and promotion can help you do business more effectively.
Whether you are looking to start a new venture, expand an existing business, or relocate to a promising economy, your Regional Economic Development Organization has the knowledge, networks and assistance you need.
SchoolMatters provides employers, policymakers, educators, and parents an easily searchable clearinghouse for information and analysis of public schools across the United States. This web site provides a wide range of data on local public schools and school districts.
This site is a free service from the Wall Street Journal Center for Entrepreneurs.
StudentJobs.gov is a joint project between the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Department of Education's Student Financial Assistance office. You can search federal government job postings specific to youth, create and post resumes, and learn about opportunities for scholarships, fellowships, internships, apprenticeships, grants and cooperative education programs. There is no charge and users are not required to pre-register to look for a job on this site.
The online TeenSpace is offered on the Internet Public Library section of the University of Michigan web site. In a feature called "Career Paths," TeenSpace offers users Internet links on career choices, “biographies” describing various careers, and advice on career preparation tools such as resumes and interviewing skills. TeenSpace also includes links to web sites you can use for homework, and the site has a place to ask questions about life, school, and friends.
The Economic Success Clearinghouse includes resources concerned with effective policies, programs and financing strategies to help low-income and working-poor families.
The firm focuses on strategies to develop skilled workers.
Sponsored by the Indiana Youth Institute, Drive of Your Life is a fun online career exploration game aimed principally at middle school students in an effort to help them learn not only about higher education and careers, but also about themselves. This free educational tool encourages kids to answer a series of questions about themselves to discover what careers could interest them; then, they go on a virtual drive to learn more about each of those careers—all in their own customized virtual car.
TheYouthVoice.net is a directory of links to youth-related topics, services and events, such as camps and youth ministries, youth programs, sports, and student loans.
This online workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives.
USA Jobs is the official job web site of the United States Federal Government, where you can search more than 19,000 job postings in the nationwide database. Create and post a resume. Get tips for applying. Access your skills and interests with the site’s online career interest tools.
The Wall Street Journal online is a fee-based service.
The Workforce Alliance brings together into a national coalition leaders from the field of workforce development, including local training providers such as community colleges, community-based organizations, and unions, as well as local business leaders and local public officials; the alliance researches workforce topics, develops positions on issues, and offers advice to federal policymakers on workforce, education, and business controversies and legislative proposals.
The mission of workforce develop- ment is essential to keeping America competitive in a global economy. The campaign is intended to educate the nation about the Workforce Investment System and its many successes across the country and to connect our citizens to the right resources.
Sponsored by the National Association of Workforce Boards.
YourEncore provides recruitment services targeted at experienced scientists, engineers, product developers, and others who may have retired from an earlier position or seek a new job. Individuals who enroll with YourEncore become part of the company's network and their information is placed in a database. Upon a person's first project assignment to another company, that individual becomes an employee of YourEncore. Each YourEncore employee is paid at a rate based upon their base salary upon retirement, the firm said.
Youth@Work is a web site sponsored by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The site is dedicated to providing youth with information on their rights and responsibilities as employees. The site explains the different types of job discrimination that young workers may encounter and suggests strategies they can use to prevent and, if necessary, respond to such discrimination.