Welcome to the newsletter of the National Career Pathways Network.

Volume 27, No. 1: Building a Better Future Through Career Pathways

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Greetings, all. I'm very excited about the prospects for the coming year. Let's work together to build a better future through Career Pathways and the many "kindred spirit" education reform initiatives that are well under way and showing great promise.

Among other exciting developments, last month the Employment and Training Administration Advisory System of the U.S. Department of Labor issued an advisory containing operating guidance for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). As stated in the introduction to the document, "Registered Apprenticeship is an important workforce development strategy that the workforce system provides to its customers, both job seekers and employers. . . . This is an historic opportunity for the workforce system to expand its business base and offer job seekers greater employment prospects while offering employers a strategic approach to talent development." For a link to the document, see the "Bits 'n' Pieces" article below.

In this issue of Connections we provide excellent articles on CTE and credentialing (John Foster of NOCTI), adult education in Kentucky (Sharon Johnston of Kentucky Adult Education-Council on Postsecondary Education), Career Pathways in Oregon (Ali Mageehon of Portland Community College), and stackable credentials (Michelle Conner of Peoria Unified School District in Glendale, Arizona). Many thanks to our authors!

The 2017 NCPN conference in St. Louis will be held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency at the Arch, Thursday and Friday, October 26–27 (with preconference events on Wednesday, October 25). The registration fee will be discounted to $500 during the month of March. Visit ncpn.info often for the latest information.

Thanks for all you do. Keep up the good work!

Debbie Mills
Director, NCPN

High School to College Connection

Creating Success for All Students at Summit Charter Collegiate Academy

Driving CTE Excellence Through High-Quality Credentials and Certifications

John C. Foster, President/CEO, National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)

Kentucky Adult Education: Your Future Starts Here!

Sharon Johnston, Kentucky Adult Education-Council on Postsecondary Education

Moving from Strategic Initiative to Sustainability: 10 Years of Oregon Career Pathways

Ali Mageehon, Statewide Director Career Pathways at Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon

Stackable Credentials: A Pathway to Success

Michelle Conner, Professional Development Coordinator, Peoria Unified School District, Glendale, Arizona

Bits 'n' Pieces

Items of interest to our members and affiliates