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February 8 - 9, 2018
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2017 NCPN Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award Winners

Sponsored by NCPN

1st Place Co-Winner:
Manufacturing, Production and Green Technology (MPGT) Academy

Ceres High School, Ceres, California
Accepting the Award: Tracey Clark, Instructor & MPGT Academy Coordinator

The MPGT Academy was created to prepare students for careers in manufacturing. The academy offers a four-year CTE-focused pathway at Ceres High School. A majority of the students enrolled are designated as academically and socioeconomically “at risk.” In grades 9–11, MPGT Academy students participate in three core academic courses as well as a grade-level-designated CTE course. In 12th grade, students participate in one academic course and a CTE course.

MPGT Academy partners with Modesto Junior College to provide concurrent enrollment credits for students in grades 10–12. Business partners include local manufacturers such as E. & J. Gallo Winery, Frito Lay, Parker Hannifin Racor, Scholle IPN, FreshPoint Foods, Seneca Foods, G3 Enterprises, Opportunity Stanislaus, Select Harvest USA, Flory Industries, The Wine Group, Bronco Winery, Craig Safety Group, Sconza Candy, and Kohl’s. MPGT Academy works with Careers in Manufacturing, Project YES, and Opportunity Stanislaus to place students in positions with manufacturers in the community.

Worksite learning activities provide students with opportunities to observe professionals and to practice skills learned in the classroom. A team of over 50 mentors from 15 local businesses meet monthly with 11th-grade students, host mock interviews for 12th-grade students, and facilitate a ten-week Gateway-to-Industry bootcamp. E. & J. Gallo Winery provides paid internships.

The program has an excellent record of achievement in postsecondary enrollment rates and job placement.


1st Place Co-Winner:
Certified Dealership Technician Program

Ranken Technical College, St. Louis, Missouri
Accepting the Award: Stan Shoun, President

Ranken’s Certified Dealership Technician Program partners with automotive manufacturers such as Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Audi, and Chrysler to provide state-of-the-art facilities and training. Students alternate between eight weeks of on-campus classes and eight weeks of paid work-based learning.

Instructors participate in more than 2000 aggregate hours of training annually. Summer Career Academies provide hands-on STEM activities for middle and high-school students while offering professional development for secondary educators. Teachers are provided with a stipend to participate in 40 hours of career exploration, which includes technologies, career pathway workshops, and laboratories that can be used in the classroom. Ranken also hosts campus events for the region’s high school guidance counselors.

Employer partners supervise student internships, participate in job fairs, and engage students through classroom visits. Students can also gain work experience through our on-campus micro-enterprises with such partners as Enterprise Car and the JM&A Group (a provider of automotive finance and insurance).

For the past four years, full-time students who graduated from the Certified Dealership Technician program have achieved a 100% initial job placement rate with sponsoring dealerships. Additionally, our students regularly compete and win top honors at the local, state and district levels of the SkillsUSA competition.


Honorable Mention:
Manufacturing Connect

Manufacturing Renaissance, Chicago, Illinois
Accepting the Award: Erica Swinney Staley, Program Director

Manufacturing Connect (MC) inspires young people and equips them for self-sufficiency while creating conditions that support community development. Through public/private partnerships, MC creates and expands the linkages between schools, communities, and opportunity in the manufacturing sector.

MC was developed by nonprofit Manufacturing Renaissance through a partnership with Austin College and Career Academy (formerly Austin Polytechnical Academy), a Chicago public school that opened in 2007.

Since 2007, MC’s more than 100 manufacturing partners have provided advisory support, opportunities for field trips, and work experiences such as job shadowing activities and paid internships. MC’s advisory board includes representatives from the offices of Senator Durbin, Congressman Schakowsky, Cook County Commissioner Boykin, and Alderman Taliaferro, along with the Chicago/Cook Workforce Partnership, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union, and Chicago Federation of Labor.

Since 2010, approximately 215 MC participants have completed the program. Sixty program completers have been placed in full-time manufacturing jobs earning between $25,000 and $75,000 per year.