Welcome to the newsletter of the National Career Pathways Network.

Volume 26, No. 5: 2016 Post-Conference and More

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The 2016 conference in Indianapolis was a great success. I heard many compliments on the venue and the quality of the information being offered. Many thanks to all concerned. We especially appreciate the support of our sponsors, the National Science Foundation and the NSF Advanced Technological Education Centers, Kuder, 180 Skills, IMCA, MARi, CORD, the Florida Career Pathways Network, and participating NCPN committees (Employer Development, Leadership Development, Workforce Development, and Regional Issues).

Thanks also to the talented and energetic young people involved. The color guard for the opening session on Thursday morning was provided by John Marshall Community High School under the direction of 1st Sgt Richard Wilcox. The National Anthem was beautifully performed by a quartet from the Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities. Students from the TV Broadcasting, IPS Career Technology Center and the Commercial Photography program at Simon Youth Academy created a video of the conference that was shown at the closing session. The exhibit hall included excellent displays by six student programs from Indiana high schools. Way to go, students! Thanks.

In this issue of Connections we present highlights from the conference, along with other items of interest that we hope will assist you in serving our nation's young people and adults. Keep up the good work!

Debbie Mills
Director, NCPN

Many thanks to all who made the 2016 conference in Indianapolis a success!

Save the dates for 2017 in St. Louis.

October 25–27, 2017

All sessions will be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

Visit ncpn.info often for updates.

2-Day Career Pathways Leadership Certification Workshop

Join us for an introduction to Career Pathways and an evaluation of where you are and what your next steps should be.

Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9 and 10

DoubleTree by Hilton Las Vegas Airport (NV)

More at ncpn.info/winter-cpl.php (PDF flyer here)

2016 NCPN Keynotes Were Outstanding!

Barrington Irving and Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch shared their inspiring personal stories of triumph over adversity.

Leadership Development Academy: Learning Today to LEAD Tomorrow

A unique opportunity for Career Pathways practitioners—enroll by November 16

Outstanding Partnerships Recognized at Award Luncheon

The Kuder-sponsored Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award emphasizes career guidance and advising, professional development for educators and employers, and the employer role in providing work-based learning opportunities for students.

On the Threshold of a Dream: From Mass Incarceration to Mass Education Through Second Chance Pell Grants

Peter Moote, NCPN Workforce Development Committee, Corrections Task Force Lead
A follow-up to the author's presentation at the 2016 conference

12 For Life: Better Lives Through Education and Employment

Corey Behel, Program Coordinator
Showing what can be generated for kids when a school system partners with industry

Work-Based Learning

Debbie Mills, Director, NCPN
Enabling participants to gain or enhance their skills while employed or while engaged in experiences that are similar to employment

Bits 'n' Pieces

Items of interest to our members and affiliates