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What will you do with a liberal arts degree? Plenty!

Employers may find that the humanities major with extensive college experience in dealing with complex material handles some challenges better - more comprehensively, more imaginatively - than the business or finance major who assumed that her degree was all she needed to earn a place in your company.
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The New Year is here, and with it come promises of change – eating healthier, going to the gym and getting a new job, perhaps. Improving your literacy skills can also help you make the ultimate change.
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NALD starts 2013 with revised Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles

The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) is beginning a new year with an updated Vision, Mission and Values/Guiding Principles. NALD staff, under the direction of CEO Bill Stirling, started the renewal process with the NALD Board of Directors, including the CEO, adding the finishing touches and formalizing the new guidelines and the NALD Value Proposition at a recent board meeting.
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A federal program in the United States, still in its infancy, is supporting research that pairs partners that often operate in isolation — educational technology and scientific research on learning — with the goal of transforming teaching and learning in schools.
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The Northeast Edmonton Literacy Network is promoting its Easy-To-Read Sign Project. A work in progress and related to health literacy, the project includes a booklet with tips on making easy-to-read signs. It includes sample signs that are free to print and use for non-commercial purposes.
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Increased employment in private sector bodes well for Canadian economy

Employment rose by 40,000 in December, the fourth increase in five months, according to a new Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada. December's increase was all in full-time work. The unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage points to 7.1%, the lowest in four years.
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Time to smile: The nine essential skills of returning to work after a holiday*

Decoda Literacy Solutions has given a timely new twist to the traditional essential skills to mark the new year and assist with returning to work after a long stretch of vacation days.
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Top 20 PDF Downloads for December 2012

Each month NALD releases Library user statistics in a feature known as the Top 20 downloads. The report examines the number of NALD Library documents which are viewed and downloaded by visitors to the NALD website.
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How much do you need to save to retire?

It is not uncommon for personal finance experts to say one requires 60% to 70% of his or her annual pre-retirement income in order to retire comfortably, but a new book suggests that’s an unnecessarily high goal.
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The science of keeping your New Year’s resolutions

Don’t you just love the start of a new year? It’s like a get-out-of-jail-free card that lets us put all the things we didn’t like about the previous 365 days behind us and push the reset button for the next 12 months.
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Canadians across the country have an opportunity to show appreciation for extraordinary volunteers in their communities. The call for nominations for the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards is open until March 1, 2013.
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Workers need privacy policy, policy enforcement: columnist

Can employers videotape employees’ activities in a parking lot behind the plant? Can an employee snoop in another’s personal e-mail or view what has been stored on their hard drive? Or can the employer? British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Quebec all have legislation that allows for a lawsuit for invasion of privacy.
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Ovations, set for January 17, to celebrate women of Newfoundland and Labrador

The event will begin with an afternoon forum, which will feature keynote speaker Zoe Yujnovich, President and CEO of the Iron Ore Company of Canada. Panelists will include women from across the province who will share their insights and experiences, whether as a chair on a corporate board, as a community volunteer or as a young woman reaching out to her community and humanity around the world.
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Through the Skills and Training Plan, the B.C. government is committed to accelerating student transition to the workforce by exposing students to technical trades and skills and by expanding opportunities for students to begin apprenticeships before graduation and earn graduation credits.
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This new resource from Rose Hip Press covers many basic principles of family literacy. It has more than 30 activities that help parents support the language and literacy development of their children. The content supports early language development, early numeracy, pre-reading and pre-writing skills.
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CMEC has just published PCAP-13 2007: Report on Reading Strategies and Reading Achievement, the third in a series of research projects in which the PCAP-13 2007 data set is used to examine questions of interest to educational policy-makers and practitioners in Canada. It focuses on the factors that contribute to the performance of 13-year-old Canadian students in reading.
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Jobs and Prosperity Council releases report to Ontarians — Advantage Ontario

Ontario must act quickly to become more competitive and seize opportunities in the new global economy or its prosperity will decline, according to Advantage Ontario, the report of Ontario's Jobs and Prosperity Council. The report identifies five key areas for action: going global; driving productivity growth; unleashing innovation and entrepreneurship; capitalizing on strength in talent, and delivering smart, efficient government.
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Colleges support Ontario Jobs and Prosperity Council's focus on career training

The Ontario Jobs and Prosperity Council has made a number of important recommendations to ensure more people get access to career-specific, post-secondary education and training, Ontario's colleges have said.
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Ontario universities welcome a new report by the Jobs and Prosperity Council that calls for partnerships among government, the education and private sectors, and other stakeholders to play an integral part in improving Ontario's economic competitiveness.
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CMEC has just published a new report that examines how better data and evidence can be developed to support jurisdictions' efforts to improve the academic achievement and attainment of Aboriginal students in provincial and territorial elementary and secondary schools.
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The Centre for Family Literacy will host a Leading with Literacy Breakfast and presentation of the Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Awards in Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday, January 24, 2013.
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New year, new job? What are your greatest challenges?

Workers who ring in the new year with a new job may find learning the ropes to be their biggest challenge, a new Accountemps survey suggests. Nearly half of employees and 39 per cent of managers interviewed said mastering new processes and procedures tops their list of concerns when joining a company. Twenty-three per cent from each group cited getting to know a new boss and colleagues as the greatest hurdle.
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Top 10 financial mistakes made by young adults

Whether you’re a young person who recently graduated, just getting your career started or finally moving out on your own, it can be hard to keep track of your personal finances. Some of the biggest mistakes are also the most common and can seriously cost you in the long term. Here are the top 10, along with some tips on how to avoid them.
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Giving the gift of financial literacy

The key to giving financial literacy gifts is to make them fun, says Gordon Pape, co-author (with his daughter, Deborah Kerbel) of Money Savvy Kids: The best ways to teach your children about money for a strong financial future.
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Jobs Alert: Ottawa enhancing program to connect Canadians with available jobs

“The new, enhanced Job Alerts system is being introduced to improve and strengthen the job information made available to Canadians,” said Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley. “We are pleased to launch this system in January and begin better helping people find employment opportunities in their area, from a variety of sources.”
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The Nunavut Literacy Council has launched a pan-northern research project to find out why Inuit women outnumber men in government jobs and in post-secondary school enrolment. The three-year project also aims to discover what can be done to encourage more men to take part in formal education and in the workforce.
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Arctic Inspiration Prize goes in part to Nunavut Literacy Council

The Nunavut Literacy Council will receive $300,000 to help people use literacy skills outside the classroom such as when hunting or sewing. Kim Crockatt, the council's executive director, said it's about turning research into action. "It's always better to have more support for what we're doing. I think this will help us get that."
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The Quebec English Literacy Alliance has created its own unique rendition of a seasonal, musical favourite.
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IT worker shortage has serious implications for Canada: columnist

"Things are moving extremely quickly in analytics, social business, smarter commerce and security,” says Les Rechan, general manager of business analytics at IBM. “What we’ve found here … is that technology becomes the Number 1 challenge for CEOs.”
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Ottawa, corporate Canada partnering to offer job opportunities to veterans

Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, along with representatives from the True Patriot Love Foundation and the Canadian National Railway Company (CN), have announced two new initiatives to further support veterans as they transition to civilian life. The first, the new Veterans Transition Advisory Council, will bring together industry leaders and government with the goal of helping veterans transition into meaningful jobs in the private sector.
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