FROM THE DIRECTOR . . .

Debbie Mills, Director, NCPN

This newsletter and the next will highlight programs, speakers, and events from the 2014 National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) 2014 conference, which was held at the beautiful Walt Disney World® Resort! This year's conference theme was Building Capacity: Aligning for the Future—as encouragement for each of you to build capacity for the next round of Perkins. And what more exciting setting could there be than Disney World®! This year's conference was built around the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education's (OCTAE) 10 Components of a Program of Study (POS) Design Framework. (The topic of adult career pathways was also infused throughout the conference.) Each OCTAE component served as a program strand. (Read)

FLATE: THE FLORIDA ADVANCED TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION CENTER

Paving the career pathway for Florida's students

FLATE, the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Center of Excellence, has developed successful college and career pathways for Florida students, preparing them for high-skill, high-wage jobs and supporting skill transfer to advanced manufacturing employers. The Engineering Technology (ET) A.S. degree program supports Florida's advanced manufacturing industry by providing students with flexible college and career pathways, and employers with a highly skilled and consistently educated workforce. The ET program integrates a nationally recognized credential, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) certification, as part of its A.S. degree or certificate program. The ET program provides incumbent workers, Veterans, and traditional and non-traditional college students with the ability to earn the MSSC while enrolled in degree or college credit certificate programs, equipping them to more effectively compete for good jobs. (Read)

SpaceTEC

Strengthening the pipeline of qualified aerospace technicians

The SpaceTEC® National Resource Center for Aerospace Technical Education, established in 2002, provides a national infrastructure for curriculum development, qualification, and certification of technicians in preparation for employment in the aerospace industry. SpaceTEC provides performance-based credentialing for entry-level and incumbent technicians developed by subject matter experts from the aerospace industry and partner college faculty. SpaceTEC's primary goal is to provide aerospace companies a pipeline of qualified candidates for the exacting work that upcoming military, civil, and commercial space activities will require. (Read)

RCNET: THE REGIONAL CENTER FOR NUCLEAR EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Helping students land the perfect job

The Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training (RCNET) was established in August 2011 and is led by Indian River State College (Fort Pierce, FL) in partnership with Midlands Technical College (Columbia, SC) and Chattanooga State Community College (Chattanooga, TN). One of RCNET's goals is to "provide career pathways and professional development for students and technicians," which is specifically aimed at meeting the each student's objective of landing that perfect job. Not only does that job have a valuable impact on a college's program, but the economic impact on the local community is tremendous. (Read)

LASER-TEC: THE SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CENTER FOR LASER AND FIBER OPTICS EDUCATION

Developing a sustainable pipeline of qualified laser and fiber optics technicians across the southeast

LASER-TEC is a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center. It is a partnership of community and state colleges, universities, high schools, technical centers, trade associations, laser, and fiber optic (LFO) companies. LASER-TEC's region covers Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Puerto Rico. (Read)

iNoVATE

Filling the void for high-technology virtualization skills

The National Science Foundation iNoVATE grant team is implementing virtualization technology to enable students to study the technologies that are fast becoming high demand, as well as allowing the students who are not studying virtualization technologies per se the ability to access labs outside of classroom lab times. Industry partners VMWare, Citrix, and EMC are working closely with us, generously donating virtualization-training curriculum and software that allows us to deliver a sequence of Network Virtualization courses that will provide students with high-tech skills and allow them to participate in and enhance the existing IT workforce. (Read)

A SUMMARY OF CAREER PATHWAY REFERENCES UNDER TITLE II – ADULT LITERACY OF THE 2014 WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT (WIOA)

Prepared 8-22-14 by Barry Shaffer, Ed.D., Adult Education Consultant and Retired Minnesota State Adult Ed. Director

Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is also known as the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA). The concept of career pathway(s) is mentioned six times in the text of the new Act. Under previous AEFLA law, no mention was made of career pathways, although the term "career" was cited three times in the context of career development and employment. Below is a description of the six career pathway references under the new WIOA – Title II. Following these references, a discussion regarding career pathway implications for the Unified State Plan and EL-Civics are provided. (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