Welcome to the newsletter of the National Career Pathways Network.

Volume 27, No. 3: Empowering the American Workforce, Today and Tomorrow

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Greetings, friends and colleagues:

I hope your summer plans are shaping up nicely!

Please take a moment to look over the excellent articles in this issue of NCPN Connections. We touch on STEM (including STEM outreach to female students), law enforcement training, the California Career Pathways Trust consortium (which offers training in numerous fields), the excellent Jumpstart program at Brazosport College, effective applications of "tempered radical leadership" at Ranken Technical College, and the new Career Pathways assessment tool being used in Wisconsin. Many thanks to our authors. I always learn a lot from their work, and I'm confident you will too.

Time is flying by, so don't wait to make your plans to attend the 2017 NCPN conference in St. Louis. Among other attractions, we will hear from Michele S. Jones, the first woman in the U.S. Army to reach the position of Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve. Prior to retirement she was the highest-ranking enlisted female and African American in both the U.S. military and the Army.

The preconference workshops (Wed Oct 25) will include a half-day session (9:00–noon) by Perkins expert Michael Brustein covering the pending Perkins legislation and promulgation of the June 2016 federal regulations by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor governing the nineteen federal programs under the WIOA. Perkins and the Adult Ed and Family Literacy Act are critical parts of the WIOA roll-out. As Congress and the new administration align Career Pathways with the WIOA and Perkins, it is important to understand how all these pieces fit together.

It's going to be a great professional development opportunity in a beautiful venue (Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch). I hope to see you there!

Debbie Mills
Director, NCPN

2017 NCPN Conference
Oct 26–27 (Preconference Oct 25)

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Go here for details.

Enhancing and Expanding the Availability of California Career Pathways

A brief status report on a California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) consortium located in the southern San Joaquin Valley

Jumpstart Program Offers Free Training for Industrial Jobs

Anne Bartlett, Vice President, Industry and Community Resources, Brazosport College

Making STEM Appeal to Female Students

Eboni Camille Chillis, Coordinator of Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education, Clayton County Public Schools, Georgia

Tempered Radical Leadership in Technical Education: Filling the STEM Skills Gap

Barbara E. Bragg, Director of STEM Pathways Development, Ranken Technical College, St. Louis, Missouri

Career Pathway Assessment Tool

Cara Bowman, Career Pathways Coordinator, Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, WI