NCPN offers professional development services that promote and improve state and local development and implementation of rigorous programs of study. Our programs are designed for high school, community college educators and workforce personnel and are tailored to fit local needs. NCPN can deliver workshops at your location or offer hybrid courses that combine face-to-face instruction with online support.
Below is a sampling of our most-requested workshops and courses. All can be customized for your state or local needs. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, just ask. We can combine topics or create a new workshop or course that will meet your professional development goals.
- Career Pathways Leadership (CPL) Certification
CORD’s National Career Pathways Network has developed a certification workshop for current and future leaders in the career pathways arena. The purpose of this two-day workshop is to empower local and state personnel to implement career pathways. Tips, tools, strategies, and resources are provided. Topics include academic achievement, begin with the end in mind, career planning, funding, partnerships, professional development, program design and delivery, and sector identification and employer engagement. The workshop is national in its focus but can be customized to serve the needs of individual states and regions.
- Introduction to Adult Career Pathways (ACP)
This one-day workshop is designed to help community college administrators, faculty, and staff find solutions to problems that prevent many adults from obtaining the education that today’s workplace demands. The workshop challenges a broad spectrum of community college personnel to work together in providing leadership for ACP systems. Many practical strategies and examples are shared. The session includes background information and statistics, active discussion, and group work in which participants begin to develop their own ACP plans.
- Career Academies and Career Pathways
This highly interactive one-day workshop can be used as a catalyst for changing the culture in educational communities. Emphasis is placed on empowering local school personnel to lead the career pathways movement using a career academy structure. Participants learn processes, strategies, tools, tips, and techniques that promote leadership and initial preparation for improvement of career and technical education through career programs of study (pathways) and career academies. Workshop topics include: economic development and education, the relationship between career academies and career pathways, curriculum alignment and improvement, career planning, improving academic achievement, and where to begin.
- Creating a Successful Transition System
This one-day workshop brings educators and community partners together to focus on creating a transition system that prepares students for success as they move from elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, and high school to postsecondary education and/or careers. Each participant formulates a vision for successful transition, identifies and defines the critical elements of that system, and drafts an implementation action plan. This workshop is an excellent next step after participation in the Career Pathways Leadership Certification workshop.
- Introduction to Contextual Teaching and Learning
Contextual teaching strategies are especially appropriate for courses in career-oriented curricula because they present academic concepts within the context of careers and real-world experiences. This workshop explores contextual learning, learning styles, multiple intelligences, the five essential forms of learning, and steps for implementing contextual teaching strategies.
- Reinvigorating Business/Industry Advisory Committees in a Career Pathways System
This workshop focuses on the need for effective partnerships between educational institutions and employers. The workplace knowledge and resources provided by committee members helps to ensure that career pathways programs reflect the needs and current conditions of the workplace and that program graduates are capable of performing in the occupations for which they have trained. This workshop prepares faculty members and administrators to select, work with, and make use of advisory committees in career pathways systems. Topics include: talking to the customer; the role of advisory committees; advisory committees and Perkins IV; joint secondary and postsecondary advisory committees; governance, policy, and structure; advisory council functions; planning a program of work; communication and meetings; beyond the meeting; using communication technologies; and sustainability and special considerations. This workshop follows the NCPN Advisory Committee toolkit.
- Flipped Instruction: A guide to Create, Collaborate and Engage
This workshop discusses practical uses for technology to help educators explore student creativity through individual projects/assignments, explore collaboration through group projects/assignments, and increase motivation and engagement through tech tools.
- Blended Learning: A Hands-On Approach to Building Technology-infused Lessons
Blended learning, a hybridization of online and face-to-face learning, has recently become popular. In this workshop, we will talk about (and use) technology tools to help instructors increase interaction in their classrooms.
- Expanding Options for Your Students—The Counselor’s Role
in a Career Pathways System
This highly interactive one-day workshop helps counselors and career advisors take a fresh look at the critical roles they play in their regions’ economic and workforce development. Agenda items include: global economies, labor market needs, education and economic development connections, the counselor’s role in promoting self- and career awareness in grades K–5, the counselor’s role in encouraging career exploration (6–8), the counselor’s role in assisting students in career preparation (9–14), and understanding the differing needs of adult learners. Workshop participants learn about career pathways implementation and develop implementation plans for their institutions.
- Unleashing the Power of Career Pathways—Empowering School Site Teams
The secret to unleashing the power of career pathways is to equip local schools to lead the movement! This workshop provides educational reform leaders at school sites with concise information, definitions, historical perspectives, and practical ideas on how career pathways can be used to improve schools, student achievement, and the quality of the workforce. Emphasis is placed on giving local school personnel up-to-date information and practical advice on what works—and what doesn’t work. A marketing and professional development plan is developed during the workshop.
- LEAD/SUCCEED SERIES - Career Pathways Overview
An introductory workshop designed to be the catalyst for the development and implementation of a career pathways system. The workshop is based on the Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education’s Programs of Study (POS) Design Framework. Topics include:
- Legislation and Policies
- Professional Development
- Accountability and Evaluation Systems
- College and Career Readiness Standards
- Course Sequences
- Credit Transfer Agreements
- Guidance Counseling and Academic Advisement
- Teaching and Learning Strategies
- Technical Skills Assessments
- LEAD/SUCCEED SERIES - The Administrator’s Role in a Career Pathways System
It takes exceptional leadership to successfully implement a career pathways system. This workshop addresses:
- Leadership traits
- Leadership case studies
- Leadership among stakeholders
- Leadership roles and opportunities that support career pathways
- PARTNER SERIES - Partnership Opportunities
A career pathways system requires multiple partnerships within a community. Workshop topics include:
- Partnership advantages
- Partner identification
- Goal setting
- Model structures
- Partner roles and responsibilities
- Action plan development
- Partnership management – operating and sustaining
- DELIVER SERIES - Teaching for Success
This workshop is designed to support teachers in their role as learning facilitators within a career pathways system. Topics are centered on evidence-based practices that promote student engagement and the application and transfer of knowledge. Topics include:
- 21st century teaching and learning challenges
- Brain-based learning research
- Connecting knowledge and application
- Contextual teaching and learning strategies
- Teacher effectiveness
- Support systems
- Role of business and industry
- Case studies
- Recommendations for success
- Counseling for Success
A career pathways system requires a progressive counseling system beginning in early childhood and continuing through adulthood. Workshop topics include:
- Career guidance theory
- Career guidance tools (assessment, databases, technology)
- Career guidance support
- Role of career counselors in programs of study
- Counselors as the lynchpin and facilitator
- Individual learning plans
- Building Programs of Study
This workshop addresses:
- The POS design process
- Equipping your toolbox with the nuts and bolts of career pathways (career clusters, POS framework)
- Delivery system models (dual enrollment, middle college, apprenticeships)
- Implementation plan development
- Case studies
- Communication strategies
- Technical skill attainment/evaluation
- Capacity analysis
- ENSURE SERIES - Data-Driven Decision-Making
This workshop focuses on using data for decision-making, accountability, and evaluation. Topics include:
- The necessity of quality data
- Evaluation strategies and trends
- Perkins accountability
- Using data to inform decisions
- Using labor market data to set priorities
- Return on Investment (ROI) models
- Using data to demonstrate success
- K-20 statewide systems (optional)
- ABE to Career Pathways: Convergence of ABE and Community College Curriculum
(2-day kickoff workshop; 6 weeks online; 2-day concluding workshop)
- Contextual Teaching Academy (2-day kickoff workshop; 6 weeks online; 2-day concluding workshop)
Participants complete a self-assessment for each of the 10 components of the POS Framework and are encouraged to attend the workshop in a team (minimum of two per team). Team members might include secondary and/or postsecondary administrators, faculty, and counselors.