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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, visit our online catalog, download our flyer and call 800.654.4502, 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, family and consumer sciences education, and other areas.


Samples and Free Resources From CIMC

Navigating Your Future

Navigating Your Future coverNavigating Your Future is an update to our Through the Jungle curriculum. This revision has a new look and theme. It includes updated advice on job search techniques, interviewing via phone and live video, interview attire, and more. It includes samples of cover letters and resumes, along with forms students can use to prepare their own documents. It also offers advice on how to answer tough questions and follow up after an interview.

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Career Focus Guides

career focus original coverCareer Focus is a career exploration and preparation guide. 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:

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Military Career Focus cover - 2016We 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. You can purchase Career Focus: After Military Service from our catalog, and we are also offering the entire publication as a free file for you to download.

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Employability Guide

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This 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!

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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. Call 800.654.4502 or return the PDF order form to order Personal Management Skills.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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. Using Words Correctly is ideal for competency-based instruction.

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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.


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.

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Surviving and Thriving

surviving-and-thriving-coverSurviving and Thriving prepares high school students for adulthood by giving them the skills and knowledge they need to transition into college, other job training, or a career.

The full-color student edition includes “Knowledge Check,” “Career Spotlight,” and “Living Green” features in each unit. The teacher edition is done in a wrap-around format with plenty of suggested activities. The teacher resource CD includes all consumable student pages to print as needed, Powerpoint® presentations, tests in Word® and text formats, crossword puzzles, and more.

Units include:

  • Communication Skills
  • Understanding Self
  • Making Decisions
  • Leisure Activities
  • Etiquette
  • Personal Safety
  • Understanding Grief and Loss of Life
  • Choosing Food for Good Health
  • Preparing Food

We are offering unit 3, "Making Decisions," as a free sample to download.

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Free Resources From Other Sources

Career Ready Rubrics - NEW!

Positivity Works  

Employability Skills Workshop

U.S. Energy Information Administration Writing Style Guide

Adaptive Learner-Centered Education: A Toolkit for Extension

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

Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL)

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