Connections: The Newsletter of the National Career Pathways Network

Volume 30, No. 1
Empowering the Nation’s Workforce


Career Pathways Are Working in Wisconsin
Ben Konruff, Education Director, Performance Analysis and Continuous Improvement, Wisconsin Technical College System; Jennifer Wagner, Regional Career Pathways State Coach, Pathways Wisconsin; Ann Westrich, Education Director, Career Prep, Wisconsin Technical College System GO TO ARTICLE

LEAP@ForsythTech: Building and Launching a Registered Apprenticeship Program in Six Months
Danielle Rose, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Forsyth Tech Community College GO TO ARTICLE

Decision-Making Strategies for Building Registered Apprenticeship Programs
Rebecca Lake, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, Harper College GO TO ARTICLE

Investing in Adult Education Is an Economic Catalyst
Reecie D. Stagnolia, Former Executive Director, Office of Adult Education (KY Skills U), Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet GO TO ARTICLE

Featured Resource

The Overlooked Value of Certificates and Associate’s Degrees: What Students Need to Know Before They Go to College
Anthony P. Carnevale, Tanya I. Garcia, Neil Ridley, and Michael C. Quinn, Georgetown CEW, 2020

From the Executive Summary: “The new rules of the college and career game confirm that education level matters, and that more education is generally better when it comes to earnings potential. What is less well known is that program of study and major matter even more to potential earnings than education level. As a result, less education can often be worth more. In fact, some certificate holders can earn more than those with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, and some associate’s degree holders can earn more than those with a bachelor’s degree.” GO TO RESOURCE

News and Views

The Lasting Benefits and Strong Returns of Early College High Schools
American Institutes for Research, February 18, 2020. “A body of research from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) confirms that one type of dual enrollment program—Early College High Schools—has a positive, lasting impact on postsecondary enrollment and success and that there is a strong return on the investments made in Early Colleges.” READ MORE

How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact K-12 Teachers
Jake Bryant, Christine Heitz, Saurabh Sanghvi, and Dilip Wagle, McKinsey & Company, January 2020. “Existing and emerging technologies can help save teacher time—time that could be redirected toward student learning. But to capture the potential, stakeholders need to address four imperatives.” READ MORE

Preparing Students to Think About the Future, Today
Dana Jackson, Grand Prairie (Texas) Independent School District,, January 7, 2020. “Encouraging students, from a young age, to think about their interests, dreams and goals lets them see possibilities for the future. As students listen to their thoughts and put those thoughts into action, they take ownership of their academic and social-emotional growth and become architects of their own success. Here are three components that help nurture that process.” READ MORE

Upcoming Events

Career Pathways Leadership Certification Workshops

NEW This Year! For the first time, NCPN will offer two sessions—CPL I and II—back to back.

NOTE: CPL II will be held BEFORE CPL I.

June 15–16 CPL II: Deep Dive Into Career Pathways
June 17–18 CPL I: Introduction to Career Pathways

Both sessions will be held at the Nashville (TN) Airport Marriott.


2020 Conference
October 15–17

The 2020 NCPN conference will be held at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta. 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. MORE INFO