Welcome to the newsletter of the National Career Pathways Network.

Volume 27, No. 5: 2017 Conference Preview

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Greetings, friends and colleagues:

Big news! As director of the National Career Pathways Network, I am delighted to welcome Claudia Maness onboard as associate director. Claudia has a wealth of academic, administrative, and marketing skills that will be of great benefit to the organization. Claudia will be on hand at the conference in St. Louis, so please be sure to say hello and wish her well in her new role. (See below for a short article on Claudia.)

Speaking of the conference in St. Louis—if you have not already registered, you're not too late. It's going to be an excellent event. This year’s conference theme—Career Pathways: Gateway to the Future—is perfectly suited to our location. The city’s iconic 630-ft. Gateway Arch, built in the 1960s and recently renovated, honors the early 19th-century explorations of Lewis and Clark and America’s westward expansion in general. Like Lewis and Clark, Career Pathways practitioners are “trailblazers” in American education.

The federal departments that have endorsed Career Pathways are continuing to incorporate Career Pathways approaches into a wide range of program investments, evaluation and research activities, and technical assistance efforts. The NCPN conference will continue to support the work of all of these agencies. The conference is built around the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s (OCTAE) 10 Components of a Program of Study (POS) Design Framework and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Six Key Elements of Success in Career Pathways.

Our opening keynote speaker, Michele Jones, was a trailblazer. Michele was the first black female command sergeant major of the Army Reserve. She was selected as the first woman in U.S. Army history to serve as a division command sergeant major. Michele is also the first woman to be selected as the top noncommissioned officer in the Army Reserve, as well as the first to be chosen as the senior noncommissioned officer in any of the Army’s components.

Other trailblazers throughout the conference will include the co-winners and honorable mention recipient of the Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award. Representatives of those programs will present featured sessions and will be celebrated at the membership luncheon on Friday. All three are described below in articles in this issue of Connections.

The conference offers a robust exhibit hall with numerous exhibits including education and technology vendors, National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) programs, and student displays and activities.

Don’t miss the closing session on Friday. Keynote Brigadier General (retired) Ben Robinson will discuss his observations on the role of Career Pathways in the training and motivation of our future workforce. Ben has a personal passion for Career Pathways, and he will share the genesis of that passion and highlights from his 50 years of professional experience. Ben’s closing session will blend humor, observation, critique, and recommendations for the development of an enhanced quality of life and workforce.

Go here to register. 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.

NCPN Announces New Associate Director

NCPN is pleased to announce that Claudia Maness has been named associate director. Claudia will join Debbie Mills (director) in providing leadership for the organization.

E3 STEM: Exploration, Education, and Employment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Cheryl Donely, Math Teacher/ACT Prep Teacher, E3 STEM Academic and Career Counselor

Ranken Technical College’s Certified Dealership Technician Program

Co-winner of 2017 NCPN Partnership Excellence Award

Manufacturing Connect: Preparing Young People for Self-Sufficiency

Program to Receive Honorable Mention Recognition at 2017 NCPN Conference

Bits 'n' Pieces

Items of interest to our members and affiliates