Vol. 25, No. 1: Great Things Happening in the New Year
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From the Director . . .

Debbie Mills, Director, NCPN

Col-lab-o-ra-tion—the act of working with someone to produce or create something. Collaboration is working with others to do a task and to achieve shared goals. It is more than a word. It is an action. And we are seeing it take place at the state and national levels in the Career Pathways arena. At the national level, three agencies (U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) have come together to support Career Pathways.

California Career Pathways Trust

Providing the roadmap to college and careers . . .

The California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) grant is a unique and highly competitive program that builds on the creation of partnerships between K–12 schools, community colleges, and businesses to identify local and regional employer needs for the present and the future.

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Mortenous A. Johnson and Robert Menafee

An unruffled calm is in the air as the countdown to a live TV production begins. Fast-rewind and you would have witnessed voice-talent preparing for drops and transitions; program hosts and on-air personalities readying for live and taped programming; and voices arising from a student-led team.

Florida's Program of Study in Biotechnology Leads to Industry Credential and Postsecondary Articulation

Tamara Mandell, Lori Wojciechowski, and Richard O. Snyder

Over the past decade, Florida has made significant efforts to anchor the biotechnology industry as an economic driver in the state. Included in these efforts was the establishment of Biotility, an education and training center at the University of Florida's Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology (UF CERHB).

For decades people from many sectors of American society have been complaining about public education. They say (correctly) that it lacks relevance to what students (future employees) will actually do in the workplace, too many students repeat grades or drop out, and graduates lack the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly global knowledge economy.

As I discussed in Connections, Vol. 24, no. 5, one of the challenges I face with giving professional developments to educators is that there is always a conversation going on in the background, a "backchannel." My audience members often talk continuously through the whole workshop.

Career Pathways Partnerships in Virginia

Randall Stamper

In spring 2008, Governor Tim Kaine issued an executive order establishing the Virginia Career Pathways Task Force. The group included representation from the eight state agencies charged that administer and oversee workforce development, as well as a representative from the commonwealth's economic development office. Charged to develop a Career Pathways strategic plan, the group developed a shared vision, consistent definitions, and systemic expectations of Career Pathways.

Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership Program

Relevance and rigor in STEM education

A recently announced initiative in Oklahoma is seeking to enhance the state's economic growth by creating a partnership of educators, counselors, administrators, parents, students, industry leaders, policymakers, and members of the economic development community. The partnership's goals will be to provide relevance and rigor to STEM education and training and workforce development, motivate students to develop and maintain career pathways, and provide professional development for Oklahoma educators.

West Virginia Has the EDGE on Career Pathways

Amy Dennis

West Virginia is supporting career pathways through EDGE: Earn a Degree-Graduate Early. EDGE satisfies the four Perkins IV Program of Study (POS) requirements: (1) Incorporate and align secondary and postsecondary education elements. (2) Include academic and CTE content in coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses. (3) Offer the opportunity, where appropriate, for secondary students to acquire postsecondary credits. (4) Lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree.

The Career Pathways Effect
Professional Development Workshops

Professional development workshops based on the major themes of the book

The Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) recently collaborated on the development of The Career Pathways Effect: Linking Education and Economic Prosperity. CORD and NASDCTEc have developed professional development workshops based on the major themes of the book to support practitioners in the implementation and improvement of career pathways.

© 2015 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