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Workplace Essential Skills (Als)

This exciting video series helps those who are unemployed and under-employed develop essential skills for finding and keeping a job. An outstanding resource, Workplace Essential Skills teaches pre-GED adults (sixth to eighth grade reading level) how to use basic skills in the workplace. You may begin using the series when it premieres this fall. The skills content of each program is demonstrated through scenarios drawn from four workplace contexts: construction, manufacturing, health care, and retail/service. Episodes 101-105 identify job search strategies, episodes 106-108 introduce strategies for new hires; and episodes 109-124 develop basic skills in reading, writing, math, problem solving, and communication in the workplace. The last program is a half-hour student orientation.

  • Writing Memos and Letters
    Friday, June 22
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Writing effectively involves knowing when, how, and what to write. Many workers lack confidence in their writing skills and as a result often avoid writing. Learn about the writing process and how to improve your own workplace writing.
  • Reading for a Purpose
    Monday, June 25
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Good reading skills can mean the difference between being an average worker and being an excellent worker. Today's workplace requires just about everyone to use reading comprehension skills to get their jobs done. Understand the different ways reading is used on the job and how to use strategies such as skimming and scanning to increase reading efficiency and comprehension.
  • Finding What You Need: Forms and Charts
    Tuesday, June 26
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Forms and charts organize the flow of work in many workplaces. Just as it's important to fill out forms and charts carefully, it's also important to know how to read and interpret them accurately. Learn how forms are used in a variety of workplaces.
  • Following Directions
    Wednesday, June 27
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Whether it's fixing a cranky copy machine or mixing up a batch of lawn fertilizer, good reading comprehension and listening skills can mean the difference between success and disaster in a workplace. Learn how workplaces use diagrams and other written instructions, and discover reading strategies and tips for following directions.
  • Orientation
    Wednesday, June 27
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Reading Reports and Manuals
    Thursday, June 28
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How do you cope with the often overwhelming amount of reading in your workplace? Learn how memos, reports, equipment manuals, and safety procedures are all used to transmit important information.
  • Number Sense
    Friday, June 29
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How is your number sense? Like common sense, this is a valuable set of skills that helps you organize your life at home and at work. Find out what number sense is and how to develop it using skills like estimation.
  • Solving Problems
    Monday, July 2
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Knowing how to set up a math problem to find an answer and being able to judge whether the answer makes sense are highly valued skills. Learn about some strategies people use to solve problems at work.
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percents
    Tuesday, July 3
    6:31 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Many workplace math problems involve using numbers less than one-- decimals, fractions, and percents. Learn how to work with these in a variety of workplace situations.
  • Measurements and Formulas
    Wednesday, July 4
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How much does a liter weigh compared with a quart? How accurate does the measurement of an infant's head need to be? Learn how to use measurement tools and typical formulas.
  • Planning to Work
    Wednesday, July 4
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Emphasizes career planning and the role of work in people's lives.
  • Trends and Predictions: Graphs and Data
    Thursday, July 5
    6:31 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Graphs and data track performance of all kinds, whether it's how well a product is doing or how many sales an employee has made that week. Making sense of graphs and spreadsheets is an important skill. Learn how data is collected, displayed, and used at work.
  • Orientation
    Friday, July 6
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Planning to Work
    Monday, July 9
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Emphasizes career planning and the role of work in people's lives.
  • Matching Skills and Jobs
    Tuesday, July 10
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Successful job seekers treat the job search as a job in itself. Finding a job that really fits your needs and skills can be a long hard process. Discover how to organize and carry out an effective job search using a variety of resources and tools.
  • Applying for Jobs
    Wednesday, July 11
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    What's the best way to make sure your application stays in the 'in' pile? What are employers looking for when they read an application? Find out how the application process works and how to make sure your application makes the best impression.
  • Matching Skills and Jobs
    Wednesday, July 11
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Successful job seekers treat the job search as a job in itself. Finding a job that really fits your needs and skills can be a long hard process. Discover how to organize and carry out an effective job search using a variety of resources and tools.
  • Resumes, Tests and Choices
    Thursday, July 12
    6:31 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Your resume is your chance to make a good first impression. Learn how to write an effective resume and how to evaluate job offers to decide which will provide the best opportunity.
  • Interviewing
    Friday, July 13
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How does the interview process work? Learn what employers look for during an interview, what to say, what to wear, what questions you'll typically receive, and how to follow up afterwards.
  • Ready for Work
    Monday, July 16
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The focus shifts in this program from finding a job to getting off to a strong start in a new job. Explore the concept of being 'work ready, ' including how to set goals and plan for problem situations such as cars that won't start or no-show babysitters.
  • Workplace Safety
    Tuesday, July 17
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Every job carries certain safety risks. Understanding these risks and knowing how to follow company safety procedures is an important part of being a responsible employee. Gain a close up look at how workers in a variety of workplace situations deal with safety issues.
  • Learning at Work
    Wednesday, July 18
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Many new workers fail because they're afraid to ask questions that will help them learn their jobs. Taking responsibility for learning on the job is an important step in becoming a valued employee. Understand the importance of learning at work and discover ways to find out about worksite training and educational options.
  • Applying for Jobs
    Wednesday, July 18
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    What's the best way to make sure your application stays in the 'in' pile? What are employers looking for when they read an application? Find out how the application process works and how to make sure your application makes the best impression.
  • The Language of Work
    Thursday, July 19
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Employers rate good communication skills among the highest qualities they value in their employees. Every workplace has its own style of communication and sometimes new workers have difficulty mastering the new language of work. Explore important skills such as speaking clearly, listening actively, and solving problems through effective communications.
  • Communicating with Coworkers and Supervisors
    Friday, July 20
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Exchanging information is the main purpose for communication in the workplace. Learning how to make your messages clear and complete is an important skill for every employee. Discover how to use effective communication strategies at work with particular emphasis on conflict resolution skills.
  • Working Together
    Monday, July 23
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Team work is another top-rated skill. Active listening, respect for other team members, and working together to solve problems are essential skills in today's workplaces. Learn the importance of team work and how to be an effective team member.
  • Communicating with Customers
    Tuesday, July 24
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Excellent customer service is the hallmark of every successful business. Learn the basics of customer service and how to provide it even under difficult circumstances.
  • A Process for Writing
    Wednesday, July 25
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Poorly written memos, incomplete messages, and hard-to-read reports can erode productivity and raise stress levels. Learn the process approach to writing and get an inside look at how a variety of workplaces use written communications.
  • Resumes, Tests and Choices
    Wednesday, July 25
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Your resume is your chance to make a good first impression. Learn how to write an effective resume and how to evaluate job offers to decide which will provide the best opportunity.
  • Supplying Information: Directions, Forms and Chart
    Thursday, July 26
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Forms and charts carry the important flow of information that keeps a business going. Filling out forms accurately and completely may seem like drudgery, but these skills are essential for a smoothly functioning workplace. Learn how typical businesses use forms and charts and the importance of accuracy and care in handling these workplace tools.
  • Writing Memos and Letters
    Friday, July 27
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Writing effectively involves knowing when, how, and what to write. Many workers lack confidence in their writing skills and as a result often avoid writing. Learn about the writing process and how to improve your own workplace writing.
  • Reading for a Purpose
    Monday, July 30
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Good reading skills can mean the difference between being an average worker and being an excellent worker. Today's workplace requires just about everyone to use reading comprehension skills to get their jobs done. Understand the different ways reading is used on the job and how to use strategies such as skimming and scanning to increase reading efficiency and comprehension.
  • Finding What You Need: Forms and Charts
    Tuesday, July 31
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Forms and charts organize the flow of work in many workplaces. Just as it's important to fill out forms and charts carefully, it's also important to know how to read and interpret them accurately. Learn how forms are used in a variety of workplaces.
  • Following Directions
    Wednesday, August 1
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Whether it's fixing a cranky copy machine or mixing up a batch of lawn fertilizer, good reading comprehension and listening skills can mean the difference between success and disaster in a workplace. Learn how workplaces use diagrams and other written instructions, and discover reading strategies and tips for following directions.
  • Interviewing
    Wednesday, August 1
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How does the interview process work? Learn what employers look for during an interview, what to say, what to wear, what questions you'll typically receive, and how to follow up afterwards.
  • Reading Reports and Manuals
    Thursday, August 2
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How do you cope with the often overwhelming amount of reading in your workplace? Learn how memos, reports, equipment manuals, and safety procedures are all used to transmit important information.
  • Number Sense
    Friday, August 3
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How is your number sense? Like common sense, this is a valuable set of skills that helps you organize your life at home and at work. Find out what number sense is and how to develop it using skills like estimation.
  • Solving Problems
    Monday, August 6
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Knowing how to set up a math problem to find an answer and being able to judge whether the answer makes sense are highly valued skills. Learn about some strategies people use to solve problems at work.
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percents
    Tuesday, August 7
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Many workplace math problems involve using numbers less than one-- decimals, fractions, and percents. Learn how to work with these in a variety of workplace situations.
  • Measurements and Formulas
    Wednesday, August 8
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How much does a liter weigh compared with a quart? How accurate does the measurement of an infant's head need to be? Learn how to use measurement tools and typical formulas.
  • Ready for Work
    Wednesday, August 8
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The focus shifts in this program from finding a job to getting off to a strong start in a new job. Explore the concept of being 'work ready, ' including how to set goals and plan for problem situations such as cars that won't start or no-show babysitters.
  • Trends and Predictions: Graphs and Data
    Thursday, August 9
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Graphs and data track performance of all kinds, whether it's how well a product is doing or how many sales an employee has made that week. Making sense of graphs and spreadsheets is an important skill. Learn how data is collected, displayed, and used at work.
  • Orientation
    Friday, August 10
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Workplace Safety
    Wednesday, August 15
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Every job carries certain safety risks. Understanding these risks and knowing how to follow company safety procedures is an important part of being a responsible employee. Gain a close up look at how workers in a variety of workplace situations deal with safety issues.
  • Learning at Work
    Wednesday, August 22
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Many new workers fail because they're afraid to ask questions that will help them learn their jobs. Taking responsibility for learning on the job is an important step in becoming a valued employee. Understand the importance of learning at work and discover ways to find out about worksite training and educational options.
  • The Language of Work
    Wednesday, August 29
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Employers rate good communication skills among the highest qualities they value in their employees. Every workplace has its own style of communication and sometimes new workers have difficulty mastering the new language of work. Explore important skills such as speaking clearly, listening actively, and solving problems through effective communications.
  • Communicating with Coworkers and Supervisors
    Wednesday, September 5
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Exchanging information is the main purpose for communication in the workplace. Learning how to make your messages clear and complete is an important skill for every employee. Discover how to use effective communication strategies at work with particular emphasis on conflict resolution skills.
  • Working Together
    Wednesday, September 12
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Team work is another top-rated skill. Active listening, respect for other team members, and working together to solve problems are essential skills in today's workplaces. Learn the importance of team work and how to be an effective team member.
  • Communicating with Customers
    Wednesday, September 19
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Excellent customer service is the hallmark of every successful business. Learn the basics of customer service and how to provide it even under difficult circumstances.
  • A Process for Writing
    Wednesday, September 26
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Poorly written memos, incomplete messages, and hard-to-read reports can erode productivity and raise stress levels. Learn the process approach to writing and get an inside look at how a variety of workplaces use written communications.

 

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  • Supplying Information: Directions, Forms and Chart
    Thursday, June 21
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Forms and charts carry the important flow of information that keeps a business going. Filling out forms accurately and completely may seem like drudgery, but these skills are essential for a smoothly functioning workplace. Learn how typical businesses use forms and charts and the importance of accuracy and care in handling these workplace tools.
  • Trends and Predictions: Graphs and Data
    Wednesday, June 20
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Graphs and data track performance of all kinds, whether it's how well a product is doing or how many sales an employee has made that week. Making sense of graphs and spreadsheets is an important skill. Learn how data is collected, displayed, and used at work.
  • A Process for Writing
    Wednesday, June 20
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Poorly written memos, incomplete messages, and hard-to-read reports can erode productivity and raise stress levels. Learn the process approach to writing and get an inside look at how a variety of workplaces use written communications.
  • Communicating with Customers
    Tuesday, June 19
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Excellent customer service is the hallmark of every successful business. Learn the basics of customer service and how to provide it even under difficult circumstances.
  • Working Together
    Monday, June 18
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Team work is another top-rated skill. Active listening, respect for other team members, and working together to solve problems are essential skills in today's workplaces. Learn the importance of team work and how to be an effective team member.
  • Communicating with Coworkers and Supervisors
    Friday, June 15
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Exchanging information is the main purpose for communication in the workplace. Learning how to make your messages clear and complete is an important skill for every employee. Discover how to use effective communication strategies at work with particular emphasis on conflict resolution skills.
  • The Language of Work
    Thursday, June 14
    6:32 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Employers rate good communication skills among the highest qualities they value in their employees. Every workplace has its own style of communication and sometimes new workers have difficulty mastering the new language of work. Explore important skills such as speaking clearly, listening actively, and solving problems through effective communications.
  • Measurements and Formulas
    Wednesday, June 13
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How much does a liter weigh compared with a quart? How accurate does the measurement of an infant's head need to be? Learn how to use measurement tools and typical formulas.
  • Learning at Work
    Wednesday, June 13
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Many new workers fail because they're afraid to ask questions that will help them learn their jobs. Taking responsibility for learning on the job is an important step in becoming a valued employee. Understand the importance of learning at work and discover ways to find out about worksite training and educational options.
  • Workplace Safety
    Tuesday, June 12
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Every job carries certain safety risks. Understanding these risks and knowing how to follow company safety procedures is an important part of being a responsible employee. Gain a close up look at how workers in a variety of workplace situations deal with safety issues.
  • Ready for Work
    Monday, June 11
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The focus shifts in this program from finding a job to getting off to a strong start in a new job. Explore the concept of being 'work ready, ' including how to set goals and plan for problem situations such as cars that won't start or no-show babysitters.
  • Interviewing
    Friday, June 8
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How does the interview process work? Learn what employers look for during an interview, what to say, what to wear, what questions you'll typically receive, and how to follow up afterwards.
  • Resumes, Tests and Choices
    Thursday, June 7
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Your resume is your chance to make a good first impression. Learn how to write an effective resume and how to evaluate job offers to decide which will provide the best opportunity.
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percents
    Wednesday, June 6
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Many workplace math problems involve using numbers less than one-- decimals, fractions, and percents. Learn how to work with these in a variety of workplace situations.
  • Applying for Jobs
    Wednesday, June 6
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    What's the best way to make sure your application stays in the 'in' pile? What are employers looking for when they read an application? Find out how the application process works and how to make sure your application makes the best impression.
  • Matching Skills and Jobs
    Tuesday, June 5
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Successful job seekers treat the job search as a job in itself. Finding a job that really fits your needs and skills can be a long hard process. Discover how to organize and carry out an effective job search using a variety of resources and tools.
  • Planning to Work
    Monday, June 4
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Emphasizes career planning and the role of work in people's lives.
  • Solving Problems
    Wednesday, May 30
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Knowing how to set up a math problem to find an answer and being able to judge whether the answer makes sense are highly valued skills. Learn about some strategies people use to solve problems at work.
  • Workplace Safety
    Monday, May 28
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Every job carries certain safety risks. Understanding these risks and knowing how to follow company safety procedures is an important part of being a responsible employee. Gain a close up look at how workers in a variety of workplace situations deal with safety issues.
  • Number Sense
    Wednesday, May 23
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How is your number sense? Like common sense, this is a valuable set of skills that helps you organize your life at home and at work. Find out what number sense is and how to develop it using skills like estimation.
  • Ready for Work
    Monday, May 21
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The focus shifts in this program from finding a job to getting off to a strong start in a new job. Explore the concept of being 'work ready, ' including how to set goals and plan for problem situations such as cars that won't start or no-show babysitters.
  • Reading Reports and Manuals
    Wednesday, May 16
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How do you cope with the often overwhelming amount of reading in your workplace? Learn how memos, reports, equipment manuals, and safety procedures are all used to transmit important information.
  • Interviewing
    Monday, May 14
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How does the interview process work? Learn what employers look for during an interview, what to say, what to wear, what questions you'll typically receive, and how to follow up afterwards.
  • Following Directions
    Wednesday, May 9
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Whether it's fixing a cranky copy machine or mixing up a batch of lawn fertilizer, good reading comprehension and listening skills can mean the difference between success and disaster in a workplace. Learn how workplaces use diagrams and other written instructions, and discover reading strategies and tips for following directions.
  • Resumes, Tests and Choices
    Monday, May 7
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Your resume is your chance to make a good first impression. Learn how to write an effective resume and how to evaluate job offers to decide which will provide the best opportunity.
  • Finding What You Need: Forms and Charts
    Wednesday, May 2
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Forms and charts organize the flow of work in many workplaces. Just as it's important to fill out forms and charts carefully, it's also important to know how to read and interpret them accurately. Learn how forms are used in a variety of workplaces.