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This newsletter features six articles from five states and a national organization. All the articles are about online resources for assisting counselors, students, and anyone else who wants to explore career pathways. At the bottom of this page, there is an announcement about the Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award administered by NCPN and sponsored by Kuder, Inc., a provider of career options for students and adults.


The Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland created a website that serves as a portal to program pathways, articulation and proficiency credit information, and related student secondary-to-postsecondary transition resources. The site has been evolving and improving since 2003. The Career Pathways Project at Western Nevada College provides an online road map that enables visitors to the site to easily locate information about the college's applied science programs and the careers they equip participants to pursue.


At Lake Technical Center, in Eustis, Florida, leaders envisioned a dynamic web portal where students could see—in a visually appealing and simple form—a career path starting with a technical certificate and culminating in a bachelor's degree, if applicable. Students can explore, visualize, and then build their own career paths. Missouri's Guidance e-Learning Center provides documents, tools, videos, and outside links for school counselors and administrators. In 2012 the site was visited by people from all 50 states and over 166 countries.


Wisconsin got everyone involved in moving forward with career pathways by building the WICareerPathways Website. It integrates development of secondary-to-postsecondary programs of study with student academic career planning within Wisconsin's career clusters framework. The sixth article is from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. CAEL has created online career maps that provide an effective way to not only document career pathway data, but share it with workers, partners, and case workers. The online career maps can equip the unemployed and underemployed to make effective education choices that lead to lasting careers.


Don't forget to have your best career pathway program apply for the Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award sponsored by Kuder, Inc. The online application is at http://www.ncpn.info/award-info.php. There are cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and expenses paid to tell about the programs at the NCPN conference in San Antonio. The application deadline is April 30.

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David Bond is Director of the National Career Pathways Network and a CORD Senior Vice President. For more information, contact David at dbond@cord.org.



For purchasing information on the new book The Career Pathways Effect: Linking Education and Economic Prosperity (a joint publication of CORD and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium [NASDCTEc]), visit cordcommunications.com.