Vol. 25, No. 3: Spotlight on Youth CareerConnect Grant Recipients

   

From the Director . . .

Debbie Mills, Director, NCPN

Too few of America's high school students are meaningfully engaged in their academic experience, and many graduates lack exposure to learning that links their studies to college and career pathways—especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Department of Labor's Youth CareerConnect (YCC) grant program is designed to encourage school districts, higher education, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based models that will transform the high school experience.

DPS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION HOSTS STEM INDUSTRY SUMMITS

Equipping for technical careers in Colorado

Denver Public Schools (DPS) Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers and administrators, alongside more than 30 local business and higher education partners, met in April for industry summits in advanced manufacturing, technology, and engineering at high schools across DPS. Teachers had the opportunity to present their curriculum and talk with representatives from companies and organizations, such as the Colorado Technology Association, United Launch Alliance, QEP and RK Mechanical. Admissions counselors and professors from several higher education institutions were also on hand.

MANUFACTURING CONNECT LINKS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO CAREER PATHS

Erica Swinney, Manufacturing Renaissance

Manufacturing Renaissance is an independent nonprofit organization working to rediscover, redefine, and rebuild advanced manufacturing in the knowledge economy. MR believes advanced manufacturing is essential to building and preserving a broad-based middle class and reducing poverty. In 2005, after completing a study looking at career pathways in advanced manufacturing in Cook County, Illinois, we found a non-system of public education linked to the increasingly sophisticated jobs available in the advanced manufacturing sector with thousands of jobs going unfilled.

PIKE HS YOUTH CAREERCONNECT PROGRAM HOSTS VISIT FROM CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN BROOKS

Expanding opportunities in STEM fields

Congresswoman Susan Brooks (Indiana District 5) visited Pike High School on Friday, April 10, 2015, to learn more about how the school is using the $7 million Youth CareerConnect Grant received from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide students with relevant workforce experience and expanded educational opportunities in STEM subject areas. She visited a number of YCC classes and talked with students and instructors.

This is the second installment in CORD VP Agustin Navarra's series dedicated to CORD's pedagogical philosophy, particularly as that philosophy has been tested and refined in international projects. The first installment described the educational model that CORD has been promoting and implementing in Latin American countries for the last two decades.

Unless you've been living under a rock, if you are in education, you have heard about flipping. "Flipped" is a buzzword as of late. Unfortunately, most people use the misnomer of "flipped classroom." "Flipped instruction" is the correct term, since only the pedagogy is being flipped. I've given a series of professional developments to help move people away from buzzwords and misnomers.

STUDENTS TEST MANUFACTURING JOBS AT IVY TECH EVENT

Kick-starting career preparation in Indiana

One of last fall's highlights for students participating in the Integrated Technology Education Program/Youth CareerConnect Grant through Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo, Indiana, region was the Technology Field Day. Students visited booths manned by local employers who talked about advanced manufacturing jobs and careers in their companies, and visited the School of Technology on the campus to get hands-on experience of the labs and technology available to students preparing for high-tech advanced manufacturing jobs and careers.

BLUE-COLLAR JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMMIGRANTS IN THE WASHINGTON, DC, AREA

Jorge Delgado

The Washington, DC, area is home to a large number of immigrants and a job market that emphasizes STEM skills. Many jobs in the area expect specific STEM skills, and a higher-than-average percentage of STEM occupations require at least a bachelor's degree.

From the classroom to the board room is a good way to describe Bryan Albrecht, President of Gateway Technical College and CORD board member. On any given day you can find him visiting a classroom on campus or participating in one of the many boards he serves on. Serving in leadership positions for over 30 years, Bryan has touched the CTE community in many ways. Starting out as a technology education teacher and coaching three different sports for Kewaunee High School, it was inevitable that he would be involved in all aspects of his profession.

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© 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