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FROM THE DIRECTOR:
CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE

Debbie Mills, Director, NCPN

The National Career Pathways Network is proud to announce the Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award winners:

  • 1st place: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DUAL-CREDIT PROGRAM (Moraine Valley Community College and Moraine Area Career System, Palos Hills, Illinois)

  • 2nd place: ALAMO ACADEMIES (Alamo Area Academies Inc., and Lockheed Martin, San Antonio, Texas)

  • 3rd place: HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL GOVERNOR'S STEM ACADEMY AND NEWPORT NEWS SHIPBUILDING CAREER PATHWAYS (Newport News, Virginia)

This award, sponsored by Kuder (www.kuder.com), will be issued at the annual National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) conference. (Read)

FROM OUR SPONSOR

Scott Vandever, Division Vice President of Sales and Support for Kuder, Inc.

Kuder, Inc. is delighted to partner with the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) and sponsor the 2014 NCPN Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award. On behalf of Kuder, it is my privilege to help recognize this year's recipients for their passion to help others succeed, commitment to innovation, and ability to achieve extraordinary results within their career and technical programs.

Through our commitment to research, evidence-based solutions, and customer-centered philosophy, Kuder has remained at the forefront of the career guidance industry for more than 75 years. Our endurance is in no small part due to the inspiration and support we receive from NCPN, its members, and individuals such as those that are receiving this award.

The 2014 NCPN Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award pays tribute to dedicated professionals who are making a real difference in the lives of students. They are role models for results-oriented approaches to growing a skilled workforce. We congratulate these organizations on their tremendous accomplishments and extend our sincere gratitude for the inspiration they have instilled in us as we continue to reach new levels of success.

FIRST PLACE WINNER
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DUAL-CREDIT PROGRAM (Moraine Valley Community College and Moraine Area Career System, Palos Hills, Illinois)

Providing career options through innovation and strong partner commitment

The Moraine Area Career System (MACS) coordinates CTE efforts in the southwest suburbs of Chicago through an intergovernmental agreement involving six high school districts and Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC). The partnership's Information Technology Dual-Credit Program provides students with the opportunity to take classes at both the high school and community college that will lead to employment in the IT workforce. (Read)

SECOND PLACE WINNER
ALAMO ACADEMIES (Alamo Area Academies, Inc., Lockheed Martin, San Antonio, Texas)

Addressing the need for high-tech, high-skilled labor by developing a pipeline of college educated, career-ready talent

The Alamo Academies is an innovative, national award-winning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) based instructional model operated by the Alamo Area Academies Inc., a non-profit organization, in partnership with industry, the Alamo Colleges, area high schools, chambers of commerce, multiple cities, and community organizations. The Academies' demand-based education model provides at-risk youth with tuition-free career pathways into high-demand STEM occupations (aerospace, advanced manufacturing, IT and security, nursing, and heavy equipment). (Read)

THIRD PLACE WINNER
HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL GOVERNOR'S STEM ACADEMY AND NEWPORT NEWS SHIPBUILDING CAREER PATHWAYS (Newport News, Virginia)

Preparing the emerging workforce through successful STEM partnerships

The Heritage High School Governor's STEM Academy offers a program of study designed to expand options for students to acquire skills in STEM. The program combines academic coursework and research experience with a challenging and focused school environment. One of the career pathways within the Academy is Engineering and Technology. Students studying this pathway take courses such as Engineering Explorations, Engineering Studies, Electronics Systems Technology I & II, and Technical Drawing and Design. Curriculum is adopted from the Career and Technical Education (CTE) State Framework and evaluated and monitored by members of the school's administrative staff and advisory council. (Read)

THE A.J. MOORE ACADEMY OF FINANCE AT UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL (Waco, Texas)

Tax-savvy students learn valuable skills while providing free service to the public

In April the Trojan Branch of Educator's Credit Union opened at University High School. The branch, which is a fully operational student-run credit union, is used by teachers and students to make deposits and withdrawals, and for check cashing and other financial services. Although there are similar partnerships between schools and credit unions across the nation, a full-fledged branch within a school is rare, and this is the first of its kind in central Texas. (Read)

ST. LUCIE COUNTY AEROSPACE AND ENGINEERING ACADEMY (St. Lucie County School District and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fort Pierce, Florida)

Challenging coursework leads to careers in high-demand STEM fields

On the Fort Pierce Central High School campus sits a very special satellite campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's main campus in Daytona Beach. The Embry-Riddle – St. Lucie County Aerospace and Engineering Academy (AEA) is the result of a joint partnership between the St. Lucie County School District and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). This unique program allows St. Lucie County students to dual enroll in college-level coursework while concurrently completing their high school curriculum. The AEA is overseen by director and Embry-Riddle – Daytona Beach professor Kevin Adkins, who maintains a full-time presence on the St. Lucie campus. (Read)

THE MILLARD COUNTY CONNECTION (Delta, Utah)

Rewarding careers and a high-quality workforce at reasonable cost

Because of the aging and retiring population of Millard County, Utah, employers in the area could soon find themselves without qualified employees. To help meet the anticipated workforce needs, Millard School District, Snow College, Department of Workforce Services, Millard County Economic Development, and local industries partnered in the creation and implementation of the Industrial Mechanics program. (Read)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY SCHOOLS AND BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Brunswick County, North Carolina)

Award-winning program launches careers in horticulture and turfgrass management

This pioneering worksite-learning program prepares students for rewarding careers in horticulture and turfgrass management (hort/turf) in North Carolina and throughout the southeastern USA. Participating entities include Country Club of Landfall; Carolina Creations Landscapes, Inc.; Farm Bureau Insurance Company; numerous golf resorts, country clubs, landscape design and care businesses, nurseries, and agriculture agencies; four high schools; one community college; two universities; three chambers of commerce; and the Career Ready Program. (Read)

© 2014 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