Career Pathways Resource Center
This section of the Resource Center highlights recent projects completed by CORD that are of relevance to the NCPN community. We encourage you to read and explore these valuable resources.
Illinois Programs of Study Professional Development Project
The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has worked closely with their state-level partner agencies to fully embrace the goals of Programs of Study (POS) and engage critical stakeholders throughout the state. Since 2006, several projects have been put in place to support and expand POS in Illinois. But the diverse extremes of the state, ranging from densely urban to sparsely populated rural regions, require multiple approaches to POS implementation. To determine how best to move forward with such approaches, the ICCB engaged the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) in a statewide project to assess past professional development offerings and develop a plan for future opportunities to enhance the implementation of POS across Illinois.
Read the entire 111-page project report containing survey findings and recommendations, or read Connections Volume 21 #5 (under the Connections Archives tab) containing an article on the project by Rob Kerr and Brian Durham of ICCB.
Southwest Oklahoma Career Pathways Project
The Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments and the Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition partnered on a Base Realignment and Closure Demonstration Project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor that focused on the development of a regional Career Pathways plan for southwest Oklahoma. CORD was contracted to lead the project which included conducting industry needs assessments, Career Pathways visioning sessions, dialogue sessions with community and education leaders, development of career ladders for three industry sectors, professional development for faculty, and the development of a regional Career Pathways plan containing nine major implementation strategies.
Read the Executive Summary/Introduction of the full report.
CORD staff, in partnership with a team of 40 community college faculty from across the country, have developed 61 integrated curriculum projects for use in math, science, and technical courses in six STEM-related clusters, including:
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Health Science
- Information Technology
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
- Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
These context-based instructional materials are available for free and provide faculty with teaching resources that will boost both the academic and career-related skills of their students. The projects offer:
- a variety of instructional components to enrich existing courses
- integrated math and science instruction within the context of a technical discipline
- self-contained teaching materials
- all the necessary components for implementation, from equipment lists to student handouts, to assessments and resource links
The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education under cooperative agreement with the League for Innovation in the Community College. CORD was the lead subcontractor, providing curriculum design and development of the integrated projects.
Learn more and access the curriculum resources at: http://www.stemtransitions.org