C.O.D. Library ESL/ABE/GED Faculty Newsletter

November 1, 2009

November Newsletter

Filed under: Library Instruction — Jenn @ 8:00 am

C.O.D. Library ESL/ABE/GED Faculty Newsletter

November 2009

Getting to Work via the Library

Access to job, work and career resources is just one of the services that the Library can offer to our students.  These materials can be especially useful to ESL, ABE and GED students– many of you already bring your students to the Library to explore these resources.  If you’re not familiar with what we have in the Library, here are a few of our “less obvious” options:

Did you know that the Library hosts workshops for recently unemployed adults? Neither did I, until recently! The Career Exploration Workshop for Recently Unemployed Adults is a new offering here at the Library, made available in conjunction with College of DuPage Counseling and Career Services. This session is just one of the many ways the Library can help students and community members find jobs, change careers and explore employment opportunities. Check out our Events calendar to find out when this workshop and others are being offered.

Perhaps you’re already familiar with the Library’s College and Career Information Center (CCIC)? But did you know that the CCIC has the DuPage area’s largest collection of books and audiovisual materials on job search, career, and college information? Me neither! This “library” within the Library, is an invaluable resource for job-seekers of any age, career-interest or skill-level. Take a look at our Job, Career & College web resources and you’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg: the CCIC has resources on every type of job from accounting to zookeeping, plus the materials that will help you study for those jobs and apply for them.

Learning Express Library is a popular resource for students who want to hone their skills– whether they’re studying for the GED or getting extra practice with writing and reading. But Learning Express Library is also an exceptional tool for job hunting, career exploration and professional exam preparation. Job Search and Workplace Skills covers business writing, the search process, resume writing and interviewing. Jobs & Careers will aid students who are exploring occupations or studying for exams.

Job and Career Resources for ABE, GED and ESL Students

Introductory/Basic English career series

Work and Business Skills

Resource of the Month

Career OneStop: America’s Career InfoNet

The Library’s College Career Information Center describes ACINet as a “must see” website. And no wonder: this site has everything. A menu at the top of the page directs users to Explore Careers, Salary + Benefits, Education + Training, Job Search, Resumes + Interviews, and People + Places to Help. Further down the page are areas for occupation, industry and state information. Beyond that are areas of interest for particular users, including students and jobseekers.

The sheer amount of information available on America’s Career InfoNet might be overwhelming to some students who are less comfortable navigating the Web, but the site make printing and emailing content fairly easy– just look for “Print this page” or “Email this page” at the top of the screen.

The search box, also at the top of each screen, allows users to bypass the many tables of contents, indexes and other navigation tools and find what’s needed immediately. Results tend to be fairly accurate and easy to work with.

ACINet is one part of Career OneStop, a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site, so you can feel confident in referring your students to this resource for accurate and useful information whether they are researching a career or looking for a job.


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