Volume 29, No. 3: Leveraging the Power of Career Pathways
Welcome to Volume 29, no. 3, 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. With over 85 breakout sessions and a full day of preconference events, the NCPN conference is an excellent professional development opportunity. Significant discounts are available for early registration, first-time attendees, and team registrations.
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.
Manufacturing Day & Month: Opening Young Minds to Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing
Marilyn Barger, Executive Director, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE)
Manufacturing (MFG) Day & Month is one of the blockbuster events of the year. Manufacturers across the country open their doors to welcome their communities and showcase their impressive facilities, products, and process innovations. They also highlight the skills required to be part of manufacturing’s high-tech, high-skilled workforce. In Florida, MFG Day & Month involves hundreds of students and educators from school districts across the state.
|Adult Career Pathways|
Don’t Be Humble! Share the Success of Your Adult Education Students
Melissa Lachcik, Continuing Education Development Coordinator, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois; Michelle Lyman, College & Career Transition Specialist, JJC Adult Education; Libby Budd, Manager, JJC Adult Education
Joliet Junior College’s Adult Education program was recently faced with challenges that put us in crisis mode. Lack of a state budget was causing reductions in services and staff, our enrollment was declining, and we lacked the support of our internal and external stakeholders. One of the underlying reasons was that adult education was one of the best-kept secrets in our community. People didn’t fully understand the value and impact that our programs have on our students, their families, and the local economy.
Assessment as a Coaching Tool
Monica Stansberry, Dallas County Community College Board and AEL Dallas Consortium, Dallas, Texas; Kenneth Goffney, Dallas County Community College District, Dallas, Texas
In August of 2017, the Texas Workforce Commission unveiled a new set of content standards developed by experts in math, reading, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Those standards established the learning objectives for adult education classes in Texas. Implementation has presented challenges. How can instructors be trained, coached, and observed using the standards? For smaller programs, one-on-one coaching is practical and effective. However, in larger programs it is especially difficult to assess implementation of the standards.
Career Pathways in the Age of Technology and WIOA
Mitch Rosin, Aztec Software
In a country where Walmart is now the largest private employer in 22 states and unemployment is at an all-time low, employers are looking for new ways to upskill the national labor force to make job applicants “career ready” and existing employees upwardly mobile. Layered on top of this is the fact that the Internet now dominates how we conduct our lives. More than half of the world’s 7.6 billion people use the Internet daily. More than 5 billion people access the Internet on mobile devices. These factors have created a new landscape for Career Pathways development and delivery.
The Changing Nature of Work
World Bank Group, 2019
From the Foreword: "'Machines are coming to take our jobs' has been a concern for hundreds of years—at least since the industrialization of weaving in the early 18th century, which raised productivity and also fears that thousands of workers would be thrown out on the streets. Innovation and technological progress have caused disruption, but they have created more prosperity than they have destroyed. Yet today, we are riding a new wave of uncertainty as the pace of innovation continues to accelerate and technology affects every part of our lives."
|News and Views|
Why the High-Achievers Have Moved to "Shop" Class
Is Career and Technical Education Good News or Bad?
Advice for the Next Generation of Women in STEM
Controlling a Career in Robotics
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 85+ breakouts, preconference workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall showcasing the latest products and services supporting Career Pathways and CTE.
©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