Career Pathways Partnership
Excellence Award application is now closed

The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) assists its education and business members in implementing, evaluating, and improving Career Pathways initiatives by providing a communication network. NCPN strives to compile and share information on exemplary practices; collaborate to develop implementation resources; and foster communication about Career Pathways and other workforce education programs. Sponsored by Kuder, Inc., the Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award emphasizes the importance of career guidance and advising, professional development for educators and employers, and the employer role in providing work-based learning opportunities for students.

Criteria for Application

This nomination process is open to any Career Pathways Initiative (state, regional or local). Winners "must" attend the NCPN luncheon (October 7 in Indianapolis) to receive the award.

Review Process

Applications will be judged by the NCPN Advisory Board consisting of 5 to 7 members.

Nominate only one Career Pathway program of study. An overview of all of your Career Pathways programs should not be the focus of your application.

Judges will consider the elements of only one program of study in reviewing your application.

Application Scoring

Program Overview • Professional Development and Experience • Employer Involvement • Career Guidance and Advising • Results


  • First place: $1,000 cash prize, airline, hotel, and complimentary registration
  • Two honorable mention programs: Complimentary registration
  • Recognition at the 2016 NCPN membership luncheon on Friday, October 7
  • Opportunity to present details of winning programs during a featured breakout session at the 2016 NCPN Conference and in the Connections newsletter

Sponsored by Kuder, Inc.

Kuder is proud to sponsor this award, as it aligns with our core mission and our shared commitment to the advancement of Career Pathways, career technical education (CTE), and related education reform initiatives. Learn more about Kuder at