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Blended Learning and Social Services

Blended learning offers new opportunities for social services organizations to extend their reach and engage clients, and empower staff and administration. WIOA asks that we develop new and holistic ways of delivering career pathway services. Blended learning excels in the social services environment. It can assist organizations in addressing a compelling array of client needs and preferences, and the evolving set of programming requirements.

Blended learning techniques vary, and usually leverage existing teaching practices. In combining traditional learning techniques and digital experiences, organizations can attain new levels of efficiency and effectiveness. Here are a few thoughts about program design and deployment of blended learning in the social services context.

New to Job Searching: Where to Start?

You may be new to job searching because you've never had a job before. Maybe you've worked before, but not for a long time. Possibly you've worked in another country, and this is your first job search in the U.S. Perhaps you've been laid off and re-trained, or are changing professions. Maybe you've become disabled and are changing the direction of your career. Whatever your situation, we hope you find this advice for new job-seekers helpful.

Finding A Job - Questions You May Want to Ask About a Job

With both Float Your Boat products, you will learn words and phrases that can help you with job searches and on the job.

 You will get practical information about U.S. business culture. 

You will learn how to deal with many common employment decisions and everyday work situations.

Here is an extract from one of our lessons.

Module 1: Finding A Job, Lesson: Pre-Interview Telephone Conversations and E-mails


Questions You May Want to Ask About a Job


After you read a want ad, you may have some questions you want to ask about a job. Here are some common questions that job applicants ask.

Protecting Yourself from Immigration Scams

Protecting Yourself from Immigration Scams
This blog has a list of immigration scams you should avoid and ways to identify potential scammers. It also has information on where to get accurate and safe immigration assistance services.

What Are Immigration Scams?

If you are an immigrant to the United States, you may want to get a visa, a green card, or an authorization to work in the United States. All immigrants to the U.S. need to be aware that there are criminals that try to trick immigrants into paying for "help" getting visas, green cards, or work authorizations. The "help" these criminals offer is not real. It is just a way to try to steal money from immigrants.

A plan to lie while claiming to help people is called a "scam." People who pretend they can help but really just want to steal are called "scammers."

A Look at Customer Service

I'll start things off with an acrostic: when you read down the first column of letters, a word is formed. In this example, the word “S M I L E” appears.

S incere – Be someone who cares about people.

M otivated – You really want to help the person in front of you.

I nterested – What is going on with the other person?

L istening – This is the way to get information.

E nthusiastic – You have energy to help with the customer's needs.

S M I L E – When you smile, it shows the customer that you are friendly, kind, caring, and helpful.