2015 NCPN Keynote Speakers
Opening General Session
Thursday, October 29, 9:30–10:45 A.M.
The Opening Session will focus on the collaborative work at the federal level in Career Pathways. The three main agencies involved in Career Pathways (U.S. Department of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services) will come together on stage to present their collaborative work in Career Pathways:
Gerri Fiala, (Scheduled to attend) Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training, U.S. Department of Labor
Mark Mitsui, (Scheduled to attend) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges; Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
Leon McCowan, (Scheduled to attend) ACF Region VI; Administration of Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Opening Session will highlight and support the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services work in the Career Pathways arean including:
- April 2012 Joint Letter
- DOLETA Six Key Elements in Career Pathways
- OCTAE Program of Study's 10 Components
- National Request for Information
- National Dialogues
- Each Agency's Investments in Career Pathways
- Interagency Work and Investments
- Aligning Current and Forthcoming Legislation
The three Agencies will be responding to questions that highlight all of the above.
Membership Luncheon / Awards Presentation
Friday, October 30, 11:30 A.M.–12:40 P.M.
Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Awards Ceremony
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 important of career guidance and advising, professional development
for educators and employers, and the employer role in providing work-based learning opportunities for students. Three award-winning
programs from around the country will be recognized during the luncheon.
Closing Session Keynote
Friday, October 30, 2:40–3:30 P.M.
Fredi Lajvardi began his career as a high school science teacher in 1988 in the Phoenix Union High School district in Arizona. He excelled right from the start, and showed the ability to engage and motivate his students, and challenged them by teaching them about the field of robotics. It soon landed them in the national spotlight. After taking their designs to a national underwater robotics competition in 2004, and choosing to compete on the university level as opposed to the high school level, the Carl Hayden Community High School team beat out MIT and a number of other major universities.
Their story has been made into a major motion picture, "Spare Parts" to be released in early 2015.
Fredi Lajvardi, High School teacher and inspiration for the upcoming film, Spare Parts.
This session will be followed by a free trip giveaway. Attendees must be present to win.