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CIMC's products for adult education and career preparation

Resources for Adult Education and Career Preparation

The Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center offers a number of products to assist with adult education and career preparation. For easy ordering, download our flyer and call 800.654.4502 to order, or use our fillable PDF order form:

Career Success Skills - products available from CIMC

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Free samples of many of these products are available for you to download below. And be sure to view our complete catalog to see our full range of products in agriscience, health careers, career exploration and guidance, trade and industrial education, and other areas.


Samples and Free Resources From CIMC

Career Focus Guides

career focus original coverCareer Focus is a series of career exploration and preparation guides. The original Career Focus (CS9015) is a 32-page, full-color magazine that combines essential guidance with web activities and “skill builder” opportunities to help prepare users for college and the workplace. Articles include:

  • Identifying Possible Careers
  • Sources for Career Information
  • Career Clusters and Pathways
  • Plans of Study
  • Online Tools for Career Planning
  • Getting Ready for College
  • Finding Job Opportunities
  • Managing Your Digital Dirt
  • Strategies for Networking
  • Career Myths and Realities
  • And more

You can download a free sample from Career Focus here:

Career Focus sample

Career Focus coversOther titles in the Career Focus series center on specific industries, including:

  • Agriscience Careers (CS9017)
  • Aerospace Careers (CS9020)
  • Health Careers (CS9016)
  • Manufacturing Careers (CS9018)
  • STEM Careers (CS9019)

We are offering a free sample from Career Focus: STEM Careers for you to download.

Career Focus sample: STEM Careers

We also have a special version of Career Focus for veterans who are leaving the military and transitioning to a civilian career. Career Focus: After Military Service (CS9018) walks veterans through five steps in making this transition: Self-assessment, exploring career interests and options, filling a skills gap, finding and applying for a job, and managing the career transition. We are offering the entire Career Focus: After Military Service publication as a free file for you to download.

Career Focus: After Military Service

Employability Guide

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This new, 30-page guide from the CIMC describes eight skills that employers want, why they want those skills, and how job seekers can build and demonstrate each skill. This is a handy and essential resource for anyone preparing for their first job, changing jobs, or hoping to become more successful in their current workplaces!

Employability Guide sample


Skill Building Brochure

Having problems connecting student abilities, skills or interests into real world job skills that employers are looking for? The Skill Building Brochure (CS9052) will help you work with students on decoding their  transferable skills helping them create great resumes and get the job they desire. (Please note, the Skill Building Brochure is only available to customers in Oklahoma.)

Skill Building Brochure sample

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Employment Card

The Employment Card (CS9050) will assist you in both your resume writing and job searching skills. This card contains lists of action verbs to help your resume stand out and information on how both companies and individuals look for jobs.

Employment Card sample


Pocket Resume

The Pocket Resume (CS9051) is an integral tool for job seekers, students, and teachers. It allows you or your students to take work history, references, skills and abilities with you as you apply for jobs or work with your students. No more forgetting addresses, dates, or phone numbers, as this perfect tool keeps everything in one place.

Pocket Resume sample

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Life Skills: Personal Management Skills

Personal Management Skills (BS3000) helps students master the skills they'll need to succeed in any area. Units include:

  • Managing Personal Records
  • Managing Your Appearance and Health
  • Planning For the Future
  • Preparing for Natural Disasters
  • Safeguarding Your Personal Safety

We are offering Unit 1, "Managing Personal Records," as a free sample for you to download.

Personal Management Skills sample: Managing Personal Records


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Career Success Skills

Career Success Skills (BS3001) helps students develop the skills essential for planning for a career, applying for a job, and succeeding on the job. It also covers best practices in communication and etiquette. This publication is ideal for both high school and adult learners. Units include:

  • Finding a Job
  • Communication Skills
  • Etiquette for Every Day
  • Succeeding on the Job

We are offering Unit 2, "Communication Skills," as a free sample for you to download.

Career Success Skills sample: Communication Skills

facilitating adult learning coverFacilitating Adult Learning CD

Designed to be an in-service resource and a self-study tool, Facilitating Adult Learning (AD8186) includes four interactive modules:

  • Understanding Adult Learners
  • Exploring Different Teaching Styles
  • Developing A Course
  • Managing the Instructional Environment.

Files are also provided in PDF and Word formats. This CD also includes a guide for writing better multiple-choice test items, developed by the Oklahoma CareerTech Testing Center.

We are offering "Developing a Course" as a free sample for you to download.

Facilitating Adult Learning sample: Developing a Course

Language Arts Activities coverLanguage Arts Activities CD

Language Arts Activities (TA8215) includes 123 full-color activities, linked to Common Core standards, for teachers to print for student use. Activities on this CD address punctuation, capitalization, parts of speech, choosing the correct word, sentence structure, and writing (both fiction/creative and nonfiction/research).

Language Arts Activities sample


Employment Skills for the 21st Century CDs, volumes I and II

These CDs (TA8210/TA8211) contain assignment and job sheets designed to develop and reinforce the skills that students need in the 21st century workplace. Each CD includes a license for unlimited onsite duplication.

We are offering a sample from Volume 1 as a free sample for you to download.

Employment Skills for the 21st Century, Volume 1 sample


Using Words Correctly coverUsing Words Correctly

This free unit from the CIMC will improve learners’ ability to use words correctly and be more effective communicators. The thoughts, feelings, and information adult learners want others to know will be more clearly communicated if they use subjects and verbs that agree in number and words that express the meaning they intend. This file includes objectives and content, assignments, a written test, and answers. It is ideal for competency-based instruction.

Using Words Correctly

Keys to Employability posters

Free Printable Posters

All posters are 18"X24" unless otherwise indicated. To print on smaller paper, choose the "fit" option from your print menu. Some posters can also be ordered from our catalog.


Free Resources From Other Sources

Adaptive Learner-Centered Education: A Toolkit for Extension - New!

MoneyGeek: A Financial Literacy Handbook for All Life Stages

North Carolina Network for Excellence in Teaching - Employability Skills Resource Toolkit

The Kansas State University Research and Extension Bookstore has a free “Essential Living Skills” series. Each module in this revised series (2016) is available to download as a PDF and includes a leader’s guide, fact sheets, handouts, activities and evaluation instruments. Module titles include:

Mathematics Vocabulary Word Wall Cards

Vocabulary Building Workbook

Essential Skills Portfolio

Problem Solved! A tool to help employees and/or learners practice and improve their problem solving skills

Career Pathways Catalog of Toolkits

Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for Adult Educators: Teaching Tools and Resources

Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS)

U.S. Department of Labor - Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success

Pennsylvania Career and Technical Education- Surviving & Thriving in a Nontraditional Skilled Trade

Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) - Federal Plain Language Guidelines (booklet

U.S. Department of Energy - DOE Fundamentals Handbook: Mathematics, Volume 1 of 2 (review of introductory mathematics, algebra)

 Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL)


Also Available From CIMC

Personal Financial Literacy

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Many states (including Oklahoma) are mandating financial literacy as a graduation requirement. This curriculum includes all 14 areas of instruction outlined in Oklahoma's Passport to Financial Literacy. It was developed with guidance from the Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy, and is endorsed by the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education.

Personal Financial Literacy (HE3015) will assist teachers in providing students with the basic skills and knowledge needed to effectively manage their personal finances. The objectives and learning activities are based on real-world situations, and will help build a foundation for making informed and successful personal financial decisions.

We are offering unit 5, "Saving and Investing," as a free sample for you to download.

Personal Financial Literacy sample: Saving and Investing

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