The CET Connection
Mar. 14, 2012

Apply to become an IACET Commissioner — Deadline is March 23
IACET
IACET is actively recruiting a few dedicated professionals who are willing to serve a three-year term as Commissioners on the Authorized Provider Commission. We encourage you to apply.More

Register now for IACET's Southeastern Regional Symposium
IACET
Registration for IACET's Southeastern Regional Symposium at the Commerce Club in Atlanta on Friday, March 30 is officially open. Come join your fellow peers and learn about best practices in the continuing education and training field. More

Training Lindustry: What we can learn from Jeremy Lin
Trainingindustry.com
Ajay M. Pangarkar writes, "I admit that I don't closely follow basketball or sports in general but you had to be living on another planet not to hear about the recent feats of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. Lin literally went from a bench-warming third-string point guard to household name and international star in a matter of weeks."More

From traditional instruction to instructional design 2.0
Training+Development via ASTD
We're working in a wonderful era of easy-to-use, readily available social media technologies ideally suited to learning and instruction. These tools — blogs, wikis, social networking sites, microblog sites, video sites and more — provide wonderful, new opportunities to invite participation from our learners. Anecdotal reports from learning and development professionals indicate that trainers and instructional designers are enthusiastic about and interested in using new tools and approaches, but just don't have a good understanding of how to do so.More

McGraw Hill thinks new iPad will be ticket to e-textbook revolution
TPM Idea Lab
McGraw Hill Education, one of Apple's leading partners in its e-textbook initiative announced recently, thinks that the new iPad unveiled on March 7 will lead to a revolution in education materials, but perhaps not for the obvious reasons. Sure, McGraw Hill Education vice president of new ventures Vineet Madan is impressed with the new iPad's high-resolution retina display and its improved processing power, but he thinks that the discounted iPad 2 will allow more schools to begin considering deploying iPads for their students.More

Where the jobs are, the training may not be
The New York Times
As state funding has dwindled, public colleges have raised tuition and are now resorting to even more desperate measures — cutting training for jobs the economy needs most. Technical, engineering and health care expertise are among the few skills in huge demand even in today's lackluster job market.More

Nontraditional learner writes book about successful continuing education
The Herald-Mail
Lee Viar grew up in Hagerstown, Md., earned an associate degree in business from Hagerstown Junior College in 1989 and took a teller's job at a local bank. He worked his way up to being a loan officer. He thought he was set on a lifelong career path. He was wrong. "I got tired of training my own replacements in my jobs. Or my employers got bought out, and I didn't have that piece of paper and doors wouldn't open," Viar said. "I realized if I wanted to get anywhere — support my family and myself — I had to go back to school."More

The Bob Pike Group becomes Authorized Provider of IACET CEUs
PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle
The International Association for Continuing Education and Training has awarded The Bob Pike Group the prestigious Authorized Provider status. IACET Authorized Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units. The recognition period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time.More

Obama wants to give you $4,000 toward job training
CNNMoney
Here's the latest way President Barack Obama wants to help the unemployed. The president is looking to give displaced workers $4,000 a year to pursue training in technical fields to land new jobs. The grants are part of the latest jobs proposal unveiled by Obama. Many of them have gone nowhere as Congress and the White House continue to fight over the best way to promote job creation. The plan would provide additional counseling and job search assistance for those who lost their jobs because their employer closed a plant or division, moved or abolished their position or had insufficient work for them to do.More