Trudy Brown and
Sheila Ruhland



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twenty-year members.


Jeannie Justice

Go here for a review of the technology preconference session held at NCPN 2013 in San Antonio.



Go here for remarks on Debra Mills's recent experiences in Virginia and Florida.



Go here for information on a recent large-scale research project on CTE standards.


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FROM THE DIRECTOR

Debbie Mills, Director, NCPN

"Linking Education and Economic Prosperity" was the theme of the 2013 NCPN Conference on the famous River Walk in San Antonio. What a beautiful combination! Educators from secondary and postsecondary institutions and representatives of business/industry and workforce/economic development organizations had the opportunity to network with, listen to, and learn from each other. We have a few of the highlights of this professional development opportunity in this newsletter. We hope you will make plans to attend the 2014 NCPN Conference in Orlando (Lake Buena Vista) and bring your family with you to see some of the local attractions of the Orlando area.

LIVING miDream: ENGAGING STUDENTS IN DISCOVERING THEIR CAREER PATHWAYS

Roger Sanders, Sanders Consulting Service; Carol Navarro, Newark (Ill.) High School

Living miDream is designed to engage students and educators in thinking differently about themselves, broadening their learning experiences, and exploring Career Pathways. They discover their innate talents and develop their personal voices to advocate for themselves as they move forward with their lives. This project uses an integrated curricular approach that connects career and technical education with social science, health education, language arts, fine arts, and career guidance. (Read)

2013 PRECONFERENCE:
COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS

Jeraline Marsh, School District of Palm Beach County; Scott Vandever, Kuder, Inc.

Over 60 participants joined Dr. Jeraline M. Marsh and Mr. Scott Vandever for an interactive, hands-on learning experience at the half-day preconference session entitled "College and Career Readiness and Toolkits." This session focused on open discussions and sharing of data and other information on topics such as 21st Century Skills, Career Pathways, and Programs of Study with participants from as far north and west as Alaska to as far east and south as Florida. The session included opportunities for participants to not only learn and share from each other, but also provided a CCR toolkit published by CORD allowing them to continue assessing and planning CCR activities and strategies once they returned home. To top off the session, Scott Vandever from Kuder, Inc. provided a review of the online Kuder resources designed to assist systems in providing developmentally appropriate, evidence-based guidance solutions, to help students navigate the process to ensure they are indeed prepared for college and careers. If you didn't attend the 2013 CCR preconference, don't fret. NCPN will feature future CCR professional opportunities—so stay tuned.

WHEN I GROW UP . . . FREE CAREER ASSESSMENT TOOLS

Kristin Firmery, Curriculum Coordinator, University of North Texas, College of Information

The current job market requires commitment to learn and self-motivation to stay relevant to business needs. Students, counselors, and educators must stay current and competitive in the career planning process. Students should participate and have a vested interest in their own career development. Teachers and counselors are not alone in supporting this process. This article will look at free online resources for student career development. (Read)

U.S. DEPT OF ED RELEASED BLUEPRINT TO TRANSFORM CTE IN 2012—PERKINS V JUST AROUND THE CORNER

Debra Mills, Director, NCPN

CORD is partnering with Divergent Consulting to deliver an unparalleled national expert-led professional development program to align your school, district, and state with the future of CTE funding. By taking a systemic approach to building capacity across Career Pathways systems, programs are optimally equipped to meet state and federal requirements to engage secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, and industry partners in creating programs that meet both student and workforce needs. (Read)

I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE SOMEBODY—NOW I REALIZE I SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE SPECIFIC

Troy Christensen, Bridgerland Applied Technology College

For most of us, our occupation becomes a major part of our identity. In our mind, "being somebody" is an inherent and important part of who we are or who we perceive ourselves to be. We are constantly striving to have our true selves reflected in what we do. Thus, our occupation is closely tied to our self-esteem and our success. To become "somebody" requires preparation and careful thought and planning. Associated with that planning are training and education. However, education that doesn't lead to a "job identity" can be detrimental to our success, self-esteem, and happiness. (Read)

2013 CPE PRECONFERENCE: PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Reba S. Poulson, Former Perkins State Director, CORD and CPE Trainer

A group of dynamic leaders in secondary/postsecondary education and workforce development spent the day in this preconference session learning how to seek, develop, and sustain partnership opportunities to leverage and enhance programs and services. Throughout the day participants were encouraged to ask questions, make comments, and think outside the box. There was plenty of opportunity to socialize and network and learn from colleagues. (Read)

2013 CPE PRECONFERENCE: COUNSELING FOR SUCCESS

Felicia Gray Watson and Donna Hoffman, CORD and CPE Trainers

The 2013 NCPN conference launched one of the newly developed professional development workshops as a full-day preconference selection: Career Pathways Effect Series: Counseling for Success. Participants included an overflowing room of secondary and postsecondary counselors, advisors, and curriculum administrators. After becoming more familiar with Career Pathways, participants identified how career development fits into the larger Career Pathways system based on the book The Career Pathways Effect: Linking Education and Economic Prosperity. Career development research and national standards are the basis for program development and this training. Participants are challenged to begin with the knowledge base of research and then work toward creative ways to deliver essential career development learning opportunities. (Read)

2013 GENERAL SESSION HIGHLIGHTS

Mark Whitney, CORD

The general sessions and NCPN member luncheon provide memorable highlights at every conference. This year's events at the Grand Hyatt on the River Walk in San Antonio were no exception. Attendees to the Opening General Session were treated to choral music provided by the Steele High School Varsity Chorale (Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD) under the direction of Katy Dane. The color guard was provided by the Army Junior ROTC, Mustang Battalion, Thomas Jefferson High School (San Antonio ISD) under the direction of LTC Tracy Chavis, Senior Army Instructor. (Other student involvement included a robotics demonstration by members of FIRST FRC Team 457 Grease Monkeys under the direction of Mary Baughman [South San Antonio High School] and Mike Henry, FIRST Robotics. In addition, eight student exhibits were on display in the exhibit hall.) Our sincere thanks go to all the students who worked hard to make the conference a success! (Read)

CONTINUATION OF THE YOUTH AND ADULT CAREER PATHWAYS EVENT SERIES

The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the continuation of its Youth and Adult Pathways (YAP) Event Series, a new microgroup series within the Career Pathways community on the LINCS Platform. The YAP Event Series is designed to bring together professionals with a shared interest in connecting youth and adult learners with Career Pathways. Presenters are experts in their fields, and events are designed to enhance your knowledge and give you usable information in each area. Centered around a live webinar with an established expert, each topic in the series is presented as a month-long "microgroup" within the LINCS Career Pathways community and will include ongoing engagement and discussion before and after the live events. (Read)

© 2013 CORD. Connections is distributed to members of the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) as a benefit of membership. To become a member, visit ncpn.info. NCPN, an organization of CORD (cord.org), assists its members in planning, implementing, evaluating, and improving workforce education programs. Questions? Mark Whitney, 254-741-8315, mwhitney@cord.org