Welcome to the newsletter of the National Career Pathways Network.

Volume 27, No. 2: Career Pathways—Gateway to the Future

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Hello, everyone:

I am pleased to introduce another excellent issue of NCPN Connections. The goal of the newsletter is keep our members and affiliates up-to-date on developments in Career Pathways and related education reform initiatives. In this issue we highlight programs in Michigan (Northwood University), Wisconsin (Gateway Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College), Indiana (Indiana Pathways Innovation Network), and Illinois (Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park). You will also find an informative article on the Mapping Upward project, which is providing technical assistance to "groups of community colleges as they work to embed stackable, industry-recognized credentials within technical associate degree programs."

Please take note of the AMT workshop, which will take place on May 23–25 and is free of charge. The workshop will focus on replication of the Toyota AMT program—a nationally recognized best practice.

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). Conference strands will be based on the OCTAE Ten Components of a Program of Study and the DOLETA Career Pathways Toolkit. Preconference workshops (Wednesday, October 25) will address topics such as Career Pathways Leadership Certification, Engaging Employers, and Apprenticeships. The conference’s 1100+ attendees will consist of a broad cross-section of stakeholders comprising secondary and postsecondary educators, workforce development professionals, and employers.

The NCPN conference is one of the best professional development opportunities in the country, offering 130+ breakouts, a variety of preconference workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall showcasing the latest products and services in career and technical education. We hope you’ll make plans to attend! Visit ncpn.info often for the latest information.

We appreciate you. Thanks for all you do in preparing the nation's youngsters and adults for excellence in life and work!

Debbie Mills
Director, NCPN

Special Event: AMT Workshop Coming Soon!

Join us May 23–25 in DC to learn more about building skilled talent pipelines for advanced manufacturing technicians (AMT)!

Indiana Pathways Innovation Network

Shannon Doody, Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, University of Indianapolis

Articulation Strategies for Four-Year Pathway Development: Best Practices from the Wisconsin Technical College System

Jaime Spaciel, Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, Wisconsin; Cara J. Bowman, Waukesha County Technical College, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Ensuring the T and E in the STEM Classroom and Engineering Pathway

Mark Lobes, Victor J. Andrew High School, Tinley Park, Illinois

Mapping Upward Project Helping Colleges Expand Stackable Credentials

Hope Cotner, Vice President, U.S. Projects, CORD; Mapping Upward Project Director

Bits 'n' Pieces

Items of interest to our members and affiliates