Welcome to the newsletter of the National Career Pathways Network.
Volume 26, No. 3: Revving Up for the 2016 Conference in Indy!
The annual conference of the National Career Pathways Network at the JW Marriott Indy is just around the corner (Oct 5–7). The conference's 1200+ attendees will consist of a broad cross-section of stakeholders comprising secondary and postsecondary educators, workforce development professionals, and employers. The conference will offer 130+ breakout sessions; outstanding keynote speakers; and a special session on Perkins, adult education, and WIOA. The conference strands will follow the OCTAE Ten-Component Framework and DOL Six Key Elements. We will also have preconference workshops (see article below) and a mini-strand on the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education program (to be featured in a forthcoming issue of this newsletter).
In this issue of Connections, we provide articles on our two keynote speakers—both truly inspiring people! Barrington Irving overcame the challenges of growing up in inner-city Miami to become the youngest person and only African American to fly solo around the world. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch entered military service after graduating from college and rose to become the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army. Both have founded educational organizations dedicated to empowering young people across the country to pursue their dreams. Don't miss their exciting stories.
The 2016 conference is shaping up to be one of our best ever. Join us in Indy!