Volume 29, No. 2: Preparing Students and Adults for Success in Work and Life
Welcome to Volume 29, no. 2, 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. Discounts available for early registration, first-time attendance, and groups of five or more.
Bridging Alternative Education to College Entry and Success
Debra DiBiase, Director of Opportunity Youth Programs, SIATech Schools; Amal Amanda Issa, Senior Program Manager, Career Ladders Project
Community colleges, long a vehicle for economic and social mobility, can play an important role in preparing students for ["middle skill" job opportunities]. Their programs are flexible, reasonably priced, and informed by current employer needs. In the California Community College system, Guided Pathways, Multiple Measures Placement, Strong Workforce, and MakerSpace programs are proof of a commitment to student academic success and subsequent employability. What, though, can be done to increase the number of students enrolling in community college and staying enrolled long enough to take advantage of these programs?
The BILT Model: Six Ways to Engage Employers and Give Students the Skills They Need to Get Hired
Mark Dempsey, Assistant Director, Ann Beheler, Principal Investigator, National Convergence Technology Center, Collin College, Frisco TX
While every community college program seeks to guide students toward completion of certificates and degrees that will prepare them for employment, too often there is a mismatch between what employers need and what curriculum teaches. The answer lies in getting local business and industry experts to actively participate in the process of steering coursework. The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC)—funded by a National Science Foundation grant and based at Collin College in Frisco, Texas—calls this approach the business and industry leadership team, or BILT.
Building a Strong Partnership to Sustain Student Success
Cynthia Scherphorn, Instruction, Resource and Career Development Consultant, K-12 Career Readiness, Business & Industry Partnerships, Oakland Schools, Waterford, Michigan
Helping others realize personal potential has been a lifelong journey for me, requiring patience, a focus on equity, at times a gentle nudge, and always a dose of perseverance. Building strong partnerships to support student success requires those same things, along with committed partners at every level. Increasing access to apprenticeship opportunities requires a commitment to building purposeful partnerships with industry.
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Maximizing Postsecondary Opportunities in Career and Technical Education for Secondary Students Through Articulated and Dual Pathway Credit
Taneka Williams, Career Pathways Coordinator, Career and Technical Education, Cumberland County Schools, North Carolina
As we prepare the next generation of the workforce, it is important that we provide a pathway structure that offers students viable education and career options that allow for seamless transitions without duplication of effort and resources. While dual credit enrollment programs help to fulfill this need, articulated high-school-to-community-college credit can achieve similar goals by offering credit for prior learning with markers of rigor agreed upon through strong community college and secondary education partnerships.
The Employer Perspectives Study: Insights on How to Build and Maintain Strong Employer-College Partnerships
Prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor by Abt Associates and the Urban Institute in partnership with Capital Research Corporation and the George Washington University (October 2018)
From the executive summary: "The Employer Perspectives Study describes strong employer-community college partnerships. It draws insights from employers identified by colleges as partners that have contributed to their programs. [The research team] interviewed 41 employers to better understand their perspective of what constitutes a strong partnership with a college. In doing so, the study provides community colleges, future grantees of federal workforce initiatives including other training providers and the public workforce system, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and other policymakers, and other stakeholders with insights about how to approach, build, and sustain strong partnerships with business."
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4 Career Connections to Help Get More Girls in STEM
Blockchain’s Potential for Education
NCSES 2019 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities Report Goes Live
Here's How We Can Tackle the Growing Cybersecurity Skills Gap
2019 NCPN CONFERENCE
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, preconference workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall showcasing the latest products and services supporting Career Pathways and CTE.
2019 CAREER PATHWAYS LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATION SUMMER INSTITUTES
June 10–11, Las Vegas, Nevada
If you are involved in career technical education, adult education, counseling, corrections, or workforce development and your duties have expanded to include Career Pathways, you and your team are invited to join NCPN for an introduction to Career Pathways and an evaluation of where you are and what your next steps should be.
©2019 CORD. Connections is published by the National Career Pathways Network (ncpn.info), an organization of CORD (cord.org). NCPN assists educators, employers, and other stakeholders in planning, implementing, evaluating, and improving workforce education programs. Questions? Mark Whitney, 254-741-8315, email@example.com