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NALD’s Feature of the Month for June shines the spotlight on AlphaPlus’ Featured Technology section: a fast, easy way to access pertinent information on new technology tools and resources.
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Canada's Building Trade Unions and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) have announced a joint agreement to advance long-term competitiveness of the oil sands industry, with particular focus on developing a stronger skilled trades workforce.
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On June 5, 2012, a think-tank of experts in youth, criminal justice and literacy will create a much-needed national literacy strategy. The forum will also discuss the results of a national public opinion poll which reveals, among other things, that the public believes education is more important than employment, recreation, or a stable home life, in terms of keeping youth out of jail.
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Workers over age 60 should stay in the workforce longer: commentary

"Once the unemployment rate bottoms out, a labour shortage can continue to be avoided by encouraging more 60-somethings to stay in the workforce."
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Teamwork: Does it help or hinder workplace productivity?

At most organizations conventional wisdom is that working in groups is more productive than individual work. Yet, research on teamwork shows it can actually inhibit or even damage productivity.
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This new report, published by AlphaPlus in French, discusses the use of assistive technologies in the workplace and offers an approach to address the needs of francophone adult learners. More specifically, this report on assistive technologies and learner motivation is designed to help improve the instructional design of assistive technologies in order to prepare learners to develop and maintain new skills throughout their lives.
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The Canadian Library Association (CLA) continues to embrace copyright legislation as one of its key priorities, as Canadian libraries play a vital role in providing Canadians access to all forms of material. CLA continues to urge the federal government to implement a made-in-Canada copyright solution to ensure that the legislation ultimately succeeds in its objectives of being both balanced and technologically neutral.
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Literacy Alberta Awards of Excellence recognize contributions to the field of literacy in Alberta. Recognize an outstanding organization, volunteer, student or literacy practitioner by nominating them for an Award of Excellence. The awards are presented during the gala banquet at the Literacy and Learning Symposium October 17-19 in Edmonton.
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This summer, adult learning centres in Grey and Bruce counties, Ontario, will be filled with the sound of music. “Returning to a classroom setting can often be intimidating for adult learners, many of whom dropped out of school at a young age,” says Steve Ballard, local learning facilitator.
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Interview question most likely asked: 'What's your greatest weakness?'

When asked about your weaknesses, it's smart to answer the question in the context of the job you're seeking. You wouldn't say you're uncomfortable meeting new people if you're applying to be a sales representative. You wouldn't say you're uncomfortable with technology if you're applying for - well, just about anything.
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If you're overworked, it's time to set priorities

Fortunately, you don't have to face this challenge alone, because your manager is responsible for helping you determine which tasks are more or less important. Assistance with prioritizing is actually one of the benefits of having a boss. However, you will need to invest some time in preparation for this discussion.
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According to a discussion paper and several speeches, the Government of Ontario has floated the idea of moving to a three-year degree structure, delivering 60 per cent of a degree online, and introducing year-round university programming.
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Math education gets a collaborative boost at summit in Manitoba

“By working together and taking action we will ensure that our students will get the quality math education they need for their future. As we all know, mathematics is fundamental in everyday life. From doing your taxes to taking measurements, a good understanding of math will give students a solid foundation to help them in everyday tasks.” - Nancy Allan, Manitoba education minister
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Students with limited ability in English and those who are recent newcomers from war-torn countries will receive new dedicated support through the Manitoba English as an Additional Language (EAL) and the Intensive Newcomer Support grants, which will help them thrive and succeed in school, Education Minister Nancy Allan has announced.
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Plans in the works to renew trades training facilities at Camosun College

Growing demand for skilled trades training has initiated a plan in British Columbia to renew trades training facilities at Camosun College for a new generation of students. With support of the Province, the college will develop a comprehensive business case for the Camosun College Trades Renewal Project.
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The ThirdQuarter project was originally announced in May 2010 as an online, community-based pilot project to help match the essential skills of workers over age 50 with the needs of employers. The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce’s project is receiving almost $1 million in additional funding from the federal government to expand its reach into larger urban centres while continuing to serve rural areas.
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Seniors, younger generations to benefit from New Horizons Program funding

Seniors in Fredericton will soon have new opportunities to volunteer and mentor younger generations thanks to funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The Government of Canada is investing $35.6 million in almost 2,000 community-based projects across Canada as part of the 2011–2012 call for proposals.
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Finland rivals East Asian educational hothouses such as Singapore and South Korea, but without those countries' high-pressure homework expectations. There are no nationally standardized tests, inspections or league tables, no private schools or private universities, and no fees. Competition is frowned upon; co-operation is king.
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Is it ever wise to stretch the truth on your resumé? Probably not

The lesson here is don't do it. If you think your resumé needs some flair, do something about it - the right way. Take a class. Do volunteer work. Gain the skills or experience you're missing. Yes, gaining those skills or experience could cut into your work life balance, but so can losing your job.
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The goal of the strategy is to assist in addressing the province’s literacy and essential skills challenges and to help current and potential employees in New Brunswick gain the essential skills they need to meet the changing demands of the workplace.
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"Today we are announcing that we will donate $20,000 to assist Quebec student organizations cover the legal costs to defend students charged while engaging in peaceful protest," said CAUT's executive director James Turk. "We will also call upon all our member associations to make a donation to the students' legal defence fund."
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Pathways to Education is inviting Canadians to give the Gift of Graduation by recognizing the teacher, tutor, mentor, coach or role model who played an important role in their life. Participants can post their personal message on Pathways "Graduation Nation Wall" on Facebook.
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The global youth jobless rate this year remains stuck at “crisis peak” levels and won't likely come down until at least 2016, the International Labour Organization predicts in a grim outlook on youth employment published this week.
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Finding a job that suits you starts with research

Simply applying for every job you hear about isn't going to get it done. You need to take some time, reflect on what inspires you, talk to people in the field about what they do and then start finding companies that match your desires.
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Five ways to make your resumé stand out

It all starts with brand. Professionals say each individual needs a personal brand. If you're going to have a brand, you may as well advertise it. Create a one page highlight of what you could do if hired. Just like any ad, use well thought-out tag lines that quickly get the recruiter's attention. Don't tell everything, as you want the reader to call you for additional information
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“The discussions around education at the APEC meeting will help Alberta and Canada to learn from others and reflect on how we can better support the success of our students, the quality of our teachers and the delivery of education from a global perspective.” - Alberta Education Minister Jeff Johnson
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A tuition graphic: How the numbers stack up across Canada

There’s one fact that usually gets slipped into the bottom of news reports on the Quebec student protests: that the province has some of the lowest tuition rates in Canada. But how low is low? Compare for yourself.
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The Dr. Alan Middleton Workplace Literacy and Learning Award recognizes an individual for their outstanding achievement in increasing workplace literacy and essential skills in their community.
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May 27-June 2, 2012, is Disability Awareness Week in N.B.

Disability Awareness Week continues the tradition of National Access Awareness Week first established in 1988 to promote better community access for people with disabilities. This campaign happened in response to a request from Rick Hansen following his Man in Motion World Tour.
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Nearly 80 per cent of Canadians believe that tuition fees should be frozen at current levels or lowered, according to a new poll conducted by Harris-Decima for the Canadian Federation of Students. "The cost of post-secondary education is out of control," said Roxanne Dubois, national chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "This poll indicates that Canadians believe in an affordable system of education that is accessible to all."
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