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New Apps Help Prepare Users for College and Work

“What’s Next” and “Words4U” Apps Available for Free

Words4U app running on iPhones

The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN), a state leadership project at the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) that supports adult educators throughout California, has developed a series of free apps. The software helps users prepare for college, enter the workforce, and improve English language skills.

College and workforce preparation apps include:

  • What's Next? Success in School—how to prepare for college, including tips about study skills and goal setting. [iPhone | iPad]
  • What's Next? Getting a Job—an informative and entertaining way to learn what it takes to make a good impression in a job interview. [iPhone | iPad]

For English learners, two additional OTAN apps help students increase their vocabulary:

  • Words4U—provides practice with words associated with getting ready to go to college or preparing for the world of work. [iPhone]
  • Words4U2—features vocabulary-building exercises focused on technology, government, law, health, and the human body. [iPhone | iPad]

Additional free technology resources provided by OTAN, including tools for teachers and Web-based class activities, are available online.

Find all SCOE-developed apps in the App Store or Google Play.

OTAN is funded by the California Department of Education (CDE) Adult Education Office. Its mission is to provide support for the use of technology, electronic collaboration, and information services to adult educators in California. OTAN teamed with SCOE's Internet and Media Services (IMS) department to develop its mobile apps. The IMS department works with SCOE programs as well as outside education agencies to create exciting Web, video, and computer-based learning and communication experiences.