Summer Institute Highlights Academic and Career Planning, Labor Market Information and Informal Assessments

18th Annual Summer Institute

Join us this summer for professional development workshops delivered on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Here’s your opportunity to network with colleagues and receive quality professional development training.

Institute #1: FORWARD into the Future: Developing Your Academic and Career Plans for Grades 6-12 (ACP)

Thursday, July 13, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm :: $129

Whether you serve as a K-12 educator, as a higher education professional, or as a professional in the community, learning about Academic and Career Planning (ACP) can help you support your students’ or clients’ career development. PI 26 requires students in the state of Wisconsin grades 6-12 to have an ACP. Learn how to examine what aspects of ACP your school or organization is already implementing. Discover new activities for working with students and clients to help them Know, Explore, Plan and Go, the foundation of ACP. Explore professional development activities to train staff to engage with ACP implementation.

This workshop will include didactic and experiential activities to maximize participants’ foundational knowledge of ACP, and provide ideas for working with students and clients with the aim of increasing the number of college and career ready students in the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

Institute #2: Observations on Emerging Labor Market Trends

Friday, July 14, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm :: $65

What role does career and labor market information play in career decision-making? How can we use that information to enhance both exploration and goal setting? As career practitioners, we frequently search through resources attempting to use the most up-to-date and relevant information but it is sometimes difficult to know which source to use.

This Institute will increase your confidence when locating, evaluating, and using career information to help individuals with their career concerns. Specifically we will talk about trending terms such as the “skills gap”, the “gig economy” (contract work), digital badges, and how this information can be used to assist our clients and students.

Institute #3: Informal Assessments and Methods for Using Them in Your Practice

Friday, July 14, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm :: $65

Informal assessments typically generate information about individuals through less structured means. They emphasize qualitative findings rather than quantitative. While these instruments are less precise than formal assessments, they are often dynamic and allow for more involvement by the client/student both when the instrument is administered and when the results are discussed.

During this Institute we will spend time completing and examining several instruments. We will also engage in the narrative approach that is used with much success in career planning. Throughout the Institute participants will also have an opportunity to practice their listening/interviewing skills.

Credit in the form of a Certificate of Attendance will be given which can be used to verify hours. CEUs ($15 fee payable on site) and NBCC credit are also available.

For more information on the Summer Institute and to register, click here.

Please direct any questions to Judy Ettinger at jmetting@wisc.edu

Keep it MOOOVING Forward: June is National Dairy Month

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Originating in 1937 as National Milk Month, June has evolved into National Dairy Month (International Dairy Foods Association). Dairy is an excellent source of vitamins and protein, providing nutrients to support growing bodies. It is a staple food eaten in a variety of ways across the world–including cheese. Cheese is among Wisconsin’s largest export. Recently, a Wisconsin cheese won the World Championship Cheese Contest, making this the first time a United States cheese earned this honor since 1988 (Wisconsin State Journal, March 10, 2016). For Dairy Month, CareerLocker highlights occupations that are crucial to the success of agriculture and dairy industries. Not only is producing dairy products an important endeavor, but also caring for the health of animals in the dairy industry is central to the success of Wisconsin farmers. Dairy, agriculture, and transportation professionals produce and move foods and commodities, while veterinary technicians care for the animals that produce milk. These occupations are part of the processes that allow for delicious contributions to the world. Transporting agricultural and dairy products keeps us MOOOOOVING in more than one way.

  • Cheesemakers–Cheesemakers direct the preparation, curing, packaging, and storage of cheeses. They direct the heating of the milk and check butter fat levels adjusting them as necessary. They add enzymes such as rennin that curdles the milk to create the desired texture, and/or enzymes and molds to produce the distinct flavor of each type of cheese.They make log entries recording the steps and time frames involved in producing each batch of cheese. When a dairy product of high quality has been created, they supervise the storage, packaging, and shipment of those products. See our posting on Facebook of a video about LaClare farms and learn about Katie Fuhrann, a Wisconsin cheesemaker.
  • Heavy Truck Drivers/Diesel Technicians—For the month of March, Careers Forward highlighted heavy truck drivers, as a high-skill and high-demand occupation. This month, CareerLocker emphasizes this occupation’s importance to dairy and agriculture industries. Just like transportation helps move people around, drivers and mechanics also help in the process of moving food and agricultural products.  Heavy truck drivers transport and deliver goods, such as dairy, corn, soy, and wheat, over short and long distances.  Without the assistance of diesel technicians, heavy truck drivers would not be able to do their jobs.  Diesel technicians repair and maintain diesel engines, which power machinery used in farming, construction, and transportation. Without the transportation of food, agricultural professionals would not be able to get their products to consumers.
  • Veterinary Technicians—Caring for the treatment of animals is central to dairy and animal husbandry industries. Veterinary technicians assist veterinarians as they examine and treat animals. They often administer anesthetics to animals and assist veterinarians as they perform surgical procedures. They lift and handle animals and give them medication as prescribed by the veterinarian. They note the condition and behavior of animals and report these observations to the veterinarian. They may do laboratory tests to identify diseases or parasites.  Some specialize in caring for small animals and work in veterinary clinics that care for dogs and/or cats. Others assist veterinarians who care for large animals such as cattle or endangered species housed in zoos.   This is a Hot Occupation. Over the next 10 years, job openings in this occupation are projected to increase by at least 20%.

    Co-written by Asma Easa and Julie M. Hau.
    Asma EasaAsma Easa works at the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of five regional transportation workforce centers in the country. She has dual masters in International Public Affairs, and Urban and Regional Planning. Her focus areas include education policy and development.

CareerLocker Assessments: Reliable and Validated

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Part 1 of a 2 Part Series
by Dr. David Caulum, Emeritus Dr. Julie M. Hau
University of Wisconsin-Madison

State of the Art

To the best of our knowledge, CareerLocker has the longest tested and validated assessments included in a career information system in the state of Wisconsin. These assessments are essential to implementing Academic and Career Planning (ACP) programs. The four validated assessments offered through CareerLocker are the Personal Globe Inventory, Learning Styles Inventory, Work Skills Inventory, and Work Values Inventory. Through rigorous research and test development methodologies, these inventories have demonstrated high reliability and validity.

Reliability

In order to validate an assessment, one must determine if it measures consistently. That is, is it reliable? Reliability refers to the consistency of scores obtained from an assessment. For instance, when measuring the same piece of string with a ruler, one wants to be sure that the same results are achieved time after time. CareerLocker assessments work in a similar way. In highly reliable assessments, like those in CareerLocker, users receive consistent results each time. Since an assessment is usually given only once to a user, it must be as accurate as possible. When an assessment is reliable, it is more likely to be a true reflection of the user. In the case of CareerLocker, assessments reflect the user’s interests, learning styles, skills, and values.

Validity

The second indicator of a good assessment is whether or not it actually measures the quality or attribute that it purports to measure. Simply put, the assessment measures what it says it measures. Returning to the example of a ruler, an inch measures an inch, not a centimeter or a foot. Validity also refers to the appropriateness, meaningfulness, and usefulness of the inferences made from assessment scores. An inference is an educated guess based upon previous information and statistics. Validity is a scientific way of verifying that the use of the results of a psychological assessment is conceptually sound. Thus, validity is arguably the primary means of evaluating the quality or soundness of a psychological assessment. CareerLocker assessments have high quality.

Having reliable and validated instruments is among the many strengths of CareerLocker. These assessments provide the foundation for additional career exploration of occupations, career pathways and education. The website also supports job seeking processes, including aspects such as the resume and job interviews. Coming soon are additional pages on networking and financial aid.


 

For More Information

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Numerous research reports are available describing the processes used to develop and validate each scale. Usage data is also continuously monitored to evaluate and improve each inventory or assessment. CareerLocker has an extensive library of published and unpublished studies supporting the reliability and validation of its assessments. To obtain a list of publications or ask specific questions, please email Dr. David Caulum, dacaulum@wisc.edu.

David Caulum, PhD has worked at the Center on Education and Work as a Marketing Manager, Interim Director, Director, and, currently, Emeritus Consultant and Researcher. He now focuses his attention on CareerLocker Assessments and issues of content reliability and soundness.

 

CareerLocker: A Slam Dunk to help you Select a College or University

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) annually oversees March Madness Division I men’s and women’s basketball championships. The students, who participate in these tournaments, reflect excellence both on the court and in the classroom. CareerLocker is a valuable resource to teach you about the 132 colleges and universities represented by these college student athletes.

Pick your Teams

Every year NCAA releases a list of brackets for the tournament. UW-Madison professor of industrial and systems engineering, Laura Albert McLay, uses data analytic techniques to try to accurately predict NCAA winners. In an article about Dr. McLay’s work in On Wisconsin, a UW-Madison alumni magazine, she explains how she implements these techniques to more effectively predict the tournament winning schools.

Selecting your Winning School

The extensive CareerLocker website lists over 6,000 college and universities. Create your own brackets of contenders of schools you are considering attending. CareerLocker is a resource to help expand you options or narrow your choices to make college attendance decisions. The website lists general, academic, application and admissions, athletics, expenses, majors and degrees, and student life information. You can also conduct side-by-side comparisons of schools you are considering.

Go to the CareerLocker homepage and read Focus on Education to learn more about the various colleges in the NCAA tournament. Wherever you decide to attend school, CareerLocker is a slam dunk, supporting you through your decision-making process!

CEW Invites you to Participate in our Summer Institute

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Join us this summer for professional development workshops. Here’s your opportunity to network with colleagues and receive quality professional development training.

Workshops include:

Institute #1: Making the Connection Between Academic and Career Planning (ACP) and Career Development

Institute #2: Creating a Virtual Career Center:  Standards, Strategies, and Resources

 

Click on the following links for detailed descriptions and a registration form.

http://cew.wisc.edu/institutes/default.aspx

http://cew.wisc.edu/docs/summer_institute/SI16-registration.pdf

I hope to see you on campus this summer,

Amy

Visit the CareerLocker Booth at the WSCA Conference Next Week

If you are planning to attend the Wisconsin School Counselor Association Conference (WSCA) next week in Madison, don’t forget to drop by my booth! I will be at booth number 18. Please also remember to check your program bags for a CareerLocker ad, which includes the reasons why you would want to stay with CareerLocker to meet the state’s ACP requirements.

I would also like to take this time to introduce our new partner, Paul Vidas, president of Nvolved Inc. Paul will be doing a WSCA session on GetNvolved, a web tool for volunteering and work-based learning. Schools can use GetNvolved to promote, track, and report on community service and work-based learning. Check it out at http://www.getnvolved.org, it is free for all schools!

Welcome to the First CareerLocker Tidbits Post!

As your training representative, I would like take this time to introduce you to my new CareerLocker Tidbits posts, where I will send out weekly (sometimes more) tidbits and useful hints on how to use CareerLocker!

As none of us have much time these days, I will make these posts as short as possible…starting off with this week’s tidbit:

Every building location is assigned one account, and each account gets their own specific registration codes. These registration codes link the professionals and students/or clients back to their organizations.

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Every account will also have one main person assigned as the CareerLocker administrator, and this person will be the one who can look up and edit student/client information. The CareerLocker administrator will also be able to look up and edit professional user information; along with granting administrative rights to specific professionals in an organization. This means, that if Ms. Jane Doe is listed as the administrator of your account, you can ask Jane Doe to grant you administrative rights for the 6-week career’s course you are teaching. That way, when your students and clients forget their user names and passwords, you can look them up yourself, instead of having to track down Ms. Jane Doe.

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 That wraps up my tidbits for this week!

Stay tuned for more CareerLocker tidbits…

Amy

7 Reasons Why CareerLocker is Still Your Best Choice

You once made a decision that CareerLocker was the best system for your students’ career planning and preparation. That truth has not changed! You still have a choice.

You do NOT have to use Career Cruising for ACP! Per the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) ACP website*, “The state selected ACP software system is an optional choice for districts.  Districts are welcome to contract and pay for any system they desire as long as the elements of quality ACP are included.”

Here are some of the reasons you should stick with CareerLocker through the 2016-2017 school year… and beyond…

1 You’ll have uninterrupted, continual service.

By staying with CareerLocker, you will have ongoing access to the best career information system around – with no gap in service.

The state mandate for ACP services does not begin until the 2017-18 school year!

As of now, there is NO SIGNED CONTRACT with a new vendor and according to DPI:

This next phase of procurement has begun and may take many months before a final contract to provide ACP services is completed.”

2 Only CareerLocker has a quality matching classroom curriculum. The CareerLocker classroom curriculum allows you to use the site to help guide your students through important self and career exploration activities. This curriculum, developed by the West Allis West Milwaukee school district, makes using the site easy for busy classroom teachers. This curriculum meets WSCA and ACP standards.
3 Our system is the only one that provides you with validated assessments. Only CareerLocker offers validated assessments. This is one of the many advantages of staying with a system that was developed through the state’s flagship university.

Students can explore their interests, values, work skills and match them to occupations only on the CareerLocker system.

4 CareerLocker is the only place you get very specific Wisconsin school and job information. Only CareerLocker provides detailed information on Wisconsin postsecondary institutions, as well as detailed occupational salaries and job outlook in Wisconsin. This information is updated regularly and is provided especially for Wisconsin to aid Wisconsin students in their career and academic planning.
5 You still get unsurpassed personalized service.

You won’t be on a waiting list for service or training with CareerLocker. We are always here for you and can provide training to fit your needs and according to your schedule.

You’ve always been a valued customer of CareerLocker. We are still the only career information system that was developed right in your state at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

We will be here when you need us for personalized training at your convenience.

6 You still have access to the popular Learning Styles assessment and the Personal Globe Inventory. The Learning Styles assessment on CareerLocker is the most frequently used assessment on the site. Teachers tell us that it helps their students understand how they best learn—and that leads to more successful academic outcomes. The Personal Globe Inventory is widely used to help students narrow down their career interests and match them to possible occupations.
7 You will get free access to GetNvolved® through a new partnership with CareerLocker.

 

Through GetNvolved, an online service that helps students find work and volunteer activities, you can increase the academic impact of work-based learning and community service experiences of students.

* http://dpi.wi.gov/acp/faqs

Still not sure why you should stay with CareerLocker?

 Did you know that CareerLocker (housed at UW-Madison in Wisconsin) is in 594 schools and 226 districts, while Career Cruising (a Canadian company) is in 409 Wisconsin schools and 100 districts? Why? Because CareerLocker is a better system, delivering more of the features like assessments and local Wisconsin information that can help you to best assist Wisconsin students in their career and academic planning. Remember, you get what you pay for!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly. I am happy to work with you in any way I can to help you fulfill the state ACP requirements. I have confidence that CareerLocker is still the best choice you can make in a software system for academic and career exploration and planning.

Thank you in advance for considering CareerLocker as the career information system of your choice.

Amy Rivera

Training Representative

CareerLocker

UW-Madison Center on Education & Work

amy.rivera@wisc.edu

800-862-1071

New CareerLocker to be Launched this Fall

Hello educators!

The school year is almost up, and I would like to take this time to remind you that we here at the Center on Education & Work have been working very hard for the past few years on the redesign of our new website. Earlier this year, you were invited to take a look.

Please remember, you are welcome to take a look at the new website! Please take a look and let me know if you would like any changes, or if you have suggestions. You will be able to view the new site all summer long, as we are scheduled to switch over to the new site this fall.

Checking out our new website now will help prevent shell shock this fall when you log into CareerLocker and it looks totally different!

In case you haven’t created an account on our new demo site, here are instructions:

-log into your current CareerLocker account at https://wiscareers.wisc.edu
-at the page that says ‘Welcome Professionals,’ click on the new ‘CareerLocker link’ found under my video
-if you haven’t created an account, click ‘Create an account’ on the right-hand side of the page, found underneath the login fields
-enter the code: test-pro
-create a unique user name and password that you will use to log into this demo site from then on

We are still in progress of finishing up the site, so some features might be missing. However, if you have any suggestions, please send them to me, or send them through the feedback links!

Please take a look!

Amy

CareerLocker at WSCA…and ACP Requirements

Last week was the big Wisconsin School Counselor Association Conference here in Madison. I was lucky to not only be an exhibitor, but I was able to present on the new look of CareerLocker, coming out this fall. Thank you to all of you who stopped by my booth to say hello! I had a couple of counselors ask for my picture…

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Please forgive the blurriness; we were having too much fun jumping at the thought of counseling students!

On another note, thanks to all of you who not only attended my session, but took the time to tweet about it! Thanks to Juan Ramirez and his staff at Menomonie High School for the wonderful tweet about attending my session.

Not only was I able to showcase our new look for fall, I was also able to talk about the upcoming ACP requirements and how CareerLocker can meet those requirements. I have decided to attach the document that I made for this session.

This document will be helpful when asking if CareerLocker will meet the upcoming ACP requirements.

Meeting ACP Requirements 2015 PDF

Lastly, I was so happy that I chose to sponsor Minnijean Brown Trickey during the President’s lunch Keynote Speech Thursday afternoon. For those of you who were not able to attend, Minnijean was part of the ‘Little Rock Nine,’ a group of nine students who, back in 1957, faced a mob angry for the recent changes of desegregation laws. This event led to interventions of President Eisenhower, along with federal soldiers coming to ensure the safety and entrance of these nine brave students.

Minnijean showed a heart-breaking segment of the film Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey. I cannot seem to find this film for viewing on the internet, but I highly recommend it.

And she was kind enough to allow me to pose with her:

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For more information on Minnijean and the Little Rock Nine, please visit this page:

http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-32-fall-2007/feature/school-year-changed-nation

Thanks to all who remember me and take the time to visit me at WSCA, or to send me notes and telephone calls during the school year. I hope to see you all throughout the upcoming year! Stay warm Wisconsin!

Amy