Welcome to the newsletter of the National Career Pathways Network.

Volume 26, No. 6: Doing Our Part to Empower the American Workforce

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Thanks for making 2016 a great year! I hope your holiday plans are taking shape and that you'll be able to enjoy some "down time" to reflect on the good things that have happened this year. Thanks for all you do in promoting career and technical education and supporting NCPN.

This issue of NCPN Connections provides several excellent articles that I hope you will find useful. Washington, DC, attorney Michael Brustein, an expert on all things Perkins, has contributed an article showing how Career Pathways forms the "common denominator" among the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), and Perkins V. As Michael points out, "this focus on Career Pathways is designed in part to break down the silos that have historically prevented CTE, Adult Education, and Department of Labor workforce programs from sharing resources to serve and benefit the same program participants." Ann Westrich of the Wisconsin Technical College System and Julie Hau of the University of Wisconsin-Madison describe how their state is using CareerLocker, dual enrollment, and programs of study to enable Wisconsin high schoolers to get a head start on their postsecondary careers.

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) has issued a new version of The Career Pathways Toolkit: An Enhanced Guide and Workbook for System Development. The new toolkit will be helpful to state officers and partners as well as local practitioners. See my article below for details. Former U.S. Air Force Brigadier General and Boeing Executive Ben Robinson has contributed an article on the Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership, whose objectives include exposing STEM educators to high-value careers in Oklahoma.

Look for great things in the coming year, including the NCPN conference in St. Louis, to be held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency at the Arch, Thursday and Friday, October 26–27 (with preconference events on Wednesday, October 25). Visit ncpn.info often for the latest information.

Debbie Mills
Director, NCPN

A Systems Approach: The Wisconsin Technical College System and Career Information Systems Use Career Pathways to Help Wisconsin Students on Their Career Journeys

Ann Westrich, Career Prep Education Director, Wisconsin Technical College System; Julie M. Hau, Content Manager and Senior Outreach Specialist, Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership (OEIP)

Ben Robinson, Former U.S. Air Force Brigadier General and Boeing Executive

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