Connections: The newsletter of the National Career Pathways Network

Volume 29, no. 1: Bright Prospects for 2019

Welcome to Volume 29, no. 1, of Connections, the newsletter of the National Career Pathways Network. Don't miss the 2019 NCPN Conference at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, October 11–13.




Perkins V Increases Flexibility, But Not Always

Michael Brustein, Brustein & Manasevit, Washington, DC

As I travel the country conducting workshops on the new Perkins V legislation (Public Law 115-224), I notice that career and technical education (CTE) administrators are sometimes surprised when they read the text of Perkins for themselves. Those same administrators are quick to point out that they had gathered a different impression from webinars and meetings on the bill. While there is confusion on several points, I find most confusion surrounds the issue of flexibility.


Secondary / Postsecondary Partnerships

Jump-Start Students' Careers: Pathway Certificates of Proficiency

Torrie Costantino and Kim Chiu, Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University (UVU) started as a small vocational school in the 1940s and has since grown into the exciting university it is today. Its unique dual mission focuses on being both a community college and a regional university. UVU's Career and Technical Education (CTE) office lends support to over 45 academic programs while overseeing the Pathways Initiative and providing outreach throughout the region about CTE programs and benefits.


i-TECH Academy: A "Win-Win-Win" for Students, Industry, and the Community

Joe Looney, Dean of Applied Sciences and Engineering Technology, Isothermal Community College

Isothermal Community College (ICC) in Spindale, North Carolina, recently launched the i-TECH Academy, an innovative program designed to engage high school students in technical curricula, foster early college completion, and position the college as a leader in preparing the next generation for 21st-century jobs.


Adult Education

Managing Change: The Human Capital Side of Change Management

Jacqueline Korengel, KY SKILLS U

Reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and its ripple effects (e.g., legislation, regulation, policy) have amplified the need for change management. One of the most important aspects of managing change is supporting staff/employees. In this context, change is defined as making or becoming different. Change is a process, not an event. It can occur rapidly or take place over time.


Resource Spotlight

High School-to-College Transition Courses: A Typology of Design Choices

Published December 1, 2018, by the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University

High schools across the country are offering transition curricula designed to address knowledge and skill deficits so that students can be college ready without remedial education. This publication provides an overview of prior work to help educators develop transition courses. Researchers at the Community College Research Center conducted interviews with key stakeholders in 12 randomly selected states in which transition courses have been developed and are offered. The author describes design options with respect to course purpose, content, delivery, and other factors and provides the rationale for choices made in particular states.


News and Views

February Is CTE Month®
In February the CTE community recognizes CTE Month® to highlight the role of CTE in preparing students for careers and college.

What's Driving STEM Education in 2019? Emerging Trends on the Road Ahead
Andrew B. Raupp,, December 1, 2018. "Many thought leaders in the educational community remain excited and forward-thinking about the future of STEM and, increasingly, STEM initiatives are happening via global collaborations that reach far beyond political borders."

Get Ready for the "New-Collar" Workforce, Where Training Can Trump the Traditional Degree
Leigh Guidry, USA Today, December 5, 2018. "Hundreds of thousands of tech industry jobs are going unfilled, and companies are realizing that universities aren't the only places they'll find qualified workers."

The OECD Skills for Jobs Database 2018
Annelore Verhagen, October 22, 2018. "The launch of the new OECD Skills for Jobs database is accompanied by a brand-new webpage ( to make access to the OECD Skills for Jobs database easier and more user-friendly for all audiences."

Upcoming Events


Friday–Sunday, October 11–13

The 2019 NCPN conference will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. The NCPN conference is one of the best professional development opportunities in the country, offering 100+ breakouts, a full day of preconference workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall showcasing the latest products and services in career and technical education.



©2019 CORD. Connections is published by the National Career Pathways Network (, an organization of CORD ( NCPN assists educators, employers, and other stakeholders in planning, implementing, evaluating, and improving workforce education programs. Questions? Mark Whitney, 254-741-8315,