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April is Financial Capability Month!

April has been declared National Financial Literacy Month; and for good reason. Too many Americans are insufficiently educated about their personal finances. Today, a majority of consumers are experiencing some sort of financial difficulty causing a significant impact on their everyday lives. In fact, Americans carry more than $2 trillion in consumer debt and 30 percent of consumers report having no extra cash; making it impossible to escape the burden of living paycheck to paycheck.

Here are a few quick resources to help you educate youth on their own financial wellness:

  • Dave Ramsey’s Teacher Appreciation Giveaway: Beginning April 1, you and your fellow teachers can enter Dave Ramsey’s Teacher Appreciation Giveaway! We recognize all the hard work you do every day, and we want to thank you by giving away some great prizes! Prizes include $500 gift cards for use in your classroom, a school assembly with Ramsey Personality Anthony O'Neal, and an all-inclusive vacation for two. Visit http://www.daveramsey.com/school/foundations for more information.
  • Dave Ramsey’s $55,000 Financial Literacy Challenge: On April 7, Dave Ramsey’s $55,000 Financial Literacy Challenge will launch.. High school seniors can enter for a chance to win a $40,000 college scholarship. Yes, you read that right—a $40,000 scholarship to any college the winner wishes to attend! Additional scholarships for seniors and laptops for underclassmen are also up for grabs. Visit http://www.daveramsey.com/school/foundations for more information.
  • Money Management International's 30 Day Challenge: Take a pledge and follow their 30 simple steps to tackling debt and working on savings! For more information, visit http://www.financialliteracymonth.com/
  • Corporation for Enterprise Development: This arm of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has some helpful webinars and links on financial wellness. Visit http://cfed.org/ for more information.

JAG Indiana Summer Training Seminar Annoucement

JAG Indiana is excited to announce the opportunity for staff, partners and others around the state the opportunity to apply to present at our 2016 JAG Indiana Summer Training Seminar on June 28th and 29th at the Indiana Government Center.

We know there are many best practices and innovative ideas that our staff and their partners have created that make for a more engaging and effective JAG program, and we invite you to apply (and share the link below) to present a 1 hour workshop at our training.

This year, we have created topical themes and focus areas that will allow staff to hone in on subjects and workshops that will meet their needs in and out of the classroom. Some of these focus areas include: Creative Curriculum, Staff Development and Self-Improvement, Post-Secondary Readiness and Success, Disability Awareness and Enhancing Work-Based Learning Programs.

The link for applications is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PCKPHXF

All proposals will be due no later than May 15, 2016. The State JAG team looks forward to reading your creative ideas!

Adult Education Training Opportunity- IAACE Annual Conference

The IAACE (Indiana Association for Adult and Continuing Education) Annual Conference will be held in French Lick April 27th- 29th. The theme this year will be "Agents of Change" and will focus on ways to bring together partner agencies to learn and discuss new strategies with subject matter experts, network and connect with peers and make a difference in the adult education community.

DWD and DRC will be presenting on the upcoming TABE 11/12 update and on the upcoming High School Equivalency forms GHI update. Learn about the past, present, and future for both of these tests and have all of your questions answered!

Additionally, Mary Pouch, Field Trainer for Indiana Career Explorer will also present on about basic and advanced functionalities of this vital tool for your classroom needs.

Voices from Within- Ted Talk

Dan Slepian, renowned TV producer, discusses his volunteer work at Sing Sing, helping to create the “Voices From Within” project, a video and education initiative that uniquely addresses the epidemic of gun violence directly through the voices of inmates living with the consequences of their deadly choices.

This is a great video to share with young adults who may need to hear it from those who have lived through it to fully understand the consequences of their actions. Feel free to share this with your youth!

Voices from within | Dan Slepian | TEDxSingSing

Accessible Workstations at WorkOne Offices

As part of the Disability Employment Initiative, DWD was able to upgrade assistive technology at the WorkOne offices in most of our regions across the state. These technology enhancements can be used by ANY JAG or WorkOne customer, not just those with disabilities! Some of the technology includes:

Windows Speech Recognition: Windows Speech Recognition is a voice input program that allows a person to access the computer without the use of the keyboard or mouse. By taking spoken language and translating it into text and system commands a person can operate the computer by simply talking to it. This includes opening up programs, operating the mouse, dictating text, scrolling web pages, using program menus, etc.

Natural Reader 13: Natural Reader is a text-­‐to-­‐speech program that will allow persons who have difficulty with reading (ex. Literacy, Dyslexia, etc.) to read Word, PDF, Internet files.. This program reads e-­‐text verbally to the user in naturally sounding voices and will assist with both reading and reading comprehension.

Windows Magnifier: Windows Magnifier magnifies the computer screen for persons with visual impairments. It provides incremental magnification and multiple viewing options (full, docked, lens) to assist folks with viewing information that is displayed on the screen.

Jaws for Windows (Screen Reader): Jaws is a screen reading system which will allow users who are blind or visually impaired to access the computer. Jaws (Screen Reader) reads information that is displayed on the computer screen and provides context to the user so they know how to navigate or interact wherever the computers focus is. This program also provides accelerator keystrokes for accessing a variety of productivity tools such as MS Word, Internet, Email, etc.

Also included are Infinity Adjustable Workstation, Articulating Arm Supports, Viewsonic 24” Monitor, Merlin Elite Full HD Video Magnifier, Kensington Expert Mouse, Microsoft LX-3000 Headset, EnableMart Large Print Keyboard, LSS Video Magnifier Cart, and Ergonomic Office Chair.

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It’s Not All Education’s Fault: An Employer Movement is Critical

The national conversation about the skills gap has focused almost exclusively on education being both the problem and the solution. The Gates Foundation’s post-secondary success strategy, the Lumina Foundation’s four year plan to increase the percentage of Americans holding "high-quality degrees and credentials" to 60 percent by 2025, and the Obama Administration’s Race to the Top Initiative, all invoke education as the means to ensure fuller employment, particularly of our youth. The education-to-employment transition, however, involves two parties, and only one of them is education.

To read more, check out: http://actfdn.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Report_US-SkillsGap_Innovate-Educate.pdf