Welcome to the newsletter of the National Career Pathways Network.

Volume 26, No. 1: Steady Progress in CP Systems

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Happy New Year! Another year of hard work and making progress on the development of Career Pathways SYSTEMS across our great nation. The operative word there is SYSTEM: 1) a set of connected things or parts forming a complex whole, in particular; 2) a set of principles or procedures according to which something is done; an organized scheme or method.

Most of us work from a specific subset of a Career Pathways system . . . either an entrance point (Adult Career Pathways versus traditional high school students transitioning to postsecondary education/training) or perhaps a component (career counseling versus teaching in the classroom). It is important in this new year (2016) for all to begin to recognize and understand all the parts that form the complex system of Career Pathways. To help the field, the National Career Pathways Network will focus on all the parts that make the system during this next year.

Debbie Mills
Director, NCPN

Starting on a Career Pathway While in High School? Why Not?

Ann Westrich, Education Director, Career Prep, Career Transitions and Transfer, Wisconsin Technical College System

The #1 Failed Math Class in America and What Educators Can Do

Scott Burke, Geometry in Construction, Algebra 1 in Manufacturing Processes, Entrepreneurship, and Design (AMPED), Loveland High School, Fort Collins, Colorado

Pike High School's "Speed Mentoring" Program

Jeanette Craw, Workforce Liaison, Pike High School, Indianapolis, Indiana

How Collaboration and Networking Mean You Will Never Go to an Interview—But Are Always Being Interviewed

Brady Sanders, Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Roger Sanders, Director of Valley Education for Employment System, Illinois

CORD's Experience in the Dominican Republic: An Update

Agustin Navarra, VP International, Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD)

Bits 'n' Pieces

Items of interest to our members and affiliates (Medical Academy Video, Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA], Work-Based Learning for Under 18 Years)