Welcome Back Fall 2014

BIG CHANGES FOR US!

Welcome back to another school year! We here at the Center on Education & Work are excited about the new changes and beginnings of the upcoming year.

You may have noticed that we changed the name of our career information system!

Our system is now called CareerLocker. This was a big decision. We wanted to make sure that customers in the entire United States are aware that CareerLocker is not just for Wisconsin, but for all states in the U.S. If you saw the name CareerLocker before, it is because it was originally the name of the national version of WISCareers. The decision to switch to CareerLocker was made through policy council meetings and surveys that were sent.

I hope you feel that our new name CareerLocker fits very well. I will still be serving as your training representative throughout the state of Wisconsin. Please be assured that all Wisconsin stats will appear in results first, as they have in the past.

Please keep in mind! Even though we have changed our name, our website URL will still be http://www.wiscareers.wisc.edu! Your regular accounts will still work, all of your registration codes and accounts that have been created, will remain the same. The only difference is that you will see a CareerLocker logo in the place that WISCareers used to be!

DPI Decision on ACP Development

As of July 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has not made a decision on whether or not they will be moving to a statewide career information system such as CareerLocker. State decisions and information changes periodically, and they are planning on announcing their career readiness plan by June 1st, 2015. Any decisions made by DPI will most likely be implemented by 2017, therefore, your continued subscription to CareerLocker will be valid.

New Look, New Website

When you log into CareerLocker this fall, you will notice that we are inviting you to view our new website, now in development.

We took our customers’ feedback into consideration in designing the new site, and are confident it will better fit your needs. The new site for middle, high school, and adult students and clients is designed to be more user-friendly, so that you can find the information you and your students and clients need more quickly and easily.

Many sections are ready on the new site, and we will be continually updating it throughout the 2014-2015 school year. The launch of the new site is planned for fall of 2015 when students and clients will start using it. Now, only professionals have access to view the new site.

Please keep in mind that this site is still in the development stage, and as we add new features, or make further changes, we will let you know.

I would love it if you could take a look. I have been working for CEW and WISCareers/CareerLocker for the past six years and have been carefully taking notes on what you would like as a customer. We would love to hear your comments and suggestions and invite you to take a look at the new site!

I look forward to working with you this fall and spring!

Amy Rivera

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Welcome!

Amy Rivera from WISCareersHello Everyone,

It’s Amy Rivera, your sales and training representative for WISCareers. Welcome to our new blog — written and designed to spread news, advice, announcements and more, about WISCareers, CareerLocker, and the Center on Education and Work.

You may have received the WISCareers and CareerLocker newsletters in the past. To keep up with modern technology and social networking, we’ve moved to this new format: blog posting. In addition to providing the latest WISCareers tidbits, news and pointers, I’ll also be including advice and general information on career development, education, and even self-management — all intended to help you make the most of today’s tools and trends so you can be most effective on the job.

That broad focus is reflected in the name and tagline of the blog: Careers Forward: Resources, information, and ideas for career development professionals.

Here are some things you can expect to see on our new blog:

  • WISCareers/CareerLocker updates and news
  • Did you Know’s about WISCareers/CareerLocker (for example, did you know that if you purchase the elementary site, you can choose which version between the middle school site and elementary site you want your students to see?)
  • Career development pointers, advice and tools
  • Updates on the Center on Education and Work and our professional development conferences and workshops
  • Information about our Career Development Facilitator Training
  • Surveys for you to give your opinions and feedback

We also hope to have guest writers and exciting announcements.

If you want to have our posts sent directly to your in-box, enter your email under “follow blog via email” in the right hand lower corner of this page.Or, you can choose to follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

I look forward to spreading my good career development karma with you. Thanks for reading!

Amy