2015 NCPN Preconference Institutes
Wednesday, October 28

Full-Day Institutes

Career Pathways Leadership Certification - SOLD OUT
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Requirements for certification include attending this workshop and at least seven sessions from the main conference program on Thursday and Friday.

Libby Livings-Eassa

The Career Pathways Leadership Certification workshop is for current and future leaders in the Career Pathways arena. The purpose of the training is to empower local and state personnel to implement Career Pathways and provide strategies, tools, and resources. Workshop topics include: academic achievement, Career Pathways 101, curriculum development and alignment, career planning, community teaming, Common Core State Standards, Career Technical Common Core Standards, emerging economies, professional development, and where to begin.
Libby Livings-Eassa, National Career Pathways Network, Waco, Texas

Career Pathways Effect Series: Counseling for Success - SOLD OUT
9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Felicia Gray-Watson

A Career Pathways system requires a progressive counseling system beginning in early childhood and continuing through adulthood. Workshop topics include:

Workshop includes a copy of The Career Pathways Effect book.
Felicia Gray Watson, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh, North Carolina

Career Pathways Effect Series: Teaching for Success
9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sandra Harwell

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:

Workshop includes a copy of The Career Pathways Effect book.
Sandra Harwell, CORD, Waco, Texas

Half-Day Institutes: Morning

Adult Career Pathways in a New Era of Partnerships
9:00 a.m. - Noon

Hope Cotner

Significant efforts are underway across the country to assist adults in acquiring the skills they need to earn postsecondary credentials and secure family sustaining jobs. Adult Career Pathways programs are providing effective solutions to help communities accomplish this challenging task. This half-day workshop will delve into essential components that make ACP programs successful. Major topics will include:

A wide variety of resources will be provided and models examined, from both community college and ABE program administrative perspectives.
Hope Cotner, CORD, Waco, Texas

Employer- Education Partnerships: Strategies for Success Through Collaboration SOLD OUT
9:00 a.m. - Noon (Includes Lunch)

Mark Turner

Mark Mitsui

Pedro Esteva

The purpose of this preconference is to promote partnerships and joint endeavors between education and business-industry sectors to improve technical education, with the goal of developing the nations’ human potential and boost its competitive edge. A national employer panel will present a real university business case study to groups of community college teams. Each team will be asked to respond to the case study and then the employer panel will give responses. Learn how the best minds respond to typical workforce scenarios. Learn either way!
Who should attend: Employers, Community College Presidents and Administrators, Workforce Development and CTE Directors
Pedro Esteva, CEO, IMCA, Dominican Republic; Paulo Pires, Embraer Engineering and Technology Center, Melbourne, FL; Mark Mitsui,Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges; Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education; Mark Turner, The Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington

Are You Certified? The Role of Industry Certifications and Credentialing—Promising Practices in Secondary, Postsecondary, and Adult Education
9:00 a.m. - Noon

Jeraline M. Marsh

John Foster

Marilyn Barger

Certifications are important components in the preparation of qualified industry candidates. Join prominent leaders from around the country for an interactive half-day workshop on industry credentialing, and walk away with a renewed sense of where and how industry credentialing fits into your educational institution’s plans. Hear from national, state, and local leaders in the field of industry credentialing who have experienced positive results. Topics include: industry credentialing 101; aligning standards and curriculum to meet the needs of industry credentials; funding for industry credentials; and how to connect with third-party industry credentialing agencies.
Jeraline M. Marsh, School District of Palm Beach County, Florida
John Foster, NOCTI, Big Rapids, Michigan
Marilyn Barger, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center for Excellence, Tampa, Florida

Blended Learning: A Hands-On Approach to Building Technology-Infused Lessons
9:00 a.m. - Noon

Jeannie Justice

Blended learning, a hybridization of online and face-to-face learning, has recently become popular with the invention of various technologies. The foundation of this concept involves creating high-level student interaction inside and outside the classroom. In this active presentation, we will talk about (and use) varying technology tools to help instructors increase interaction in their own classrooms. Participants MUST bring devices with them to participate in the workshop. (All electronic devices are welcome—tablets, laptops, and smart phones.) Participants will receive pre-workshop instructions on software to load onto their devices.
Jeannie Justice, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky

Half-Day Institutes: Afternoon

WIOA and Career Pathways - SOLD OUT

1:30-4:30 p.m.

As the economic landscape has changed over the last decade, it has become increasingly necessary to apply a career pathways approach to all our work in the education and training arena.  The 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act defines career pathways and the need to better align our systems so that we can move more people through education and training to meet the workforce demands of the 21st century. Hear the latest on technical guidance for implementation of the WIOA regulations and what it means for you in terms of shared performance measures and joint state planning.  Learn the connections between WIOA and Career Pathways and receive an electronic copy of the revised U. S. Department of Labor’s Career Pathways and Credentials Toolkit.
Michelle Carson, CORD, Topeka, KS; M. Frank Stluka, Roseana L. Smith, USDOL/Employment and Training Administration Region IV, Dallas, Texas

NCPN Leadership Development: Learning Today to LEAD Tomorrow
1:30-4:30 p.m.

Dr. Cover

The NCPN Leadership Development Committee is proud to announce the 2014 Leadership Development Institute. The Leadership Development Institute focuses on leadership, innovation, and strategies for building both personal and professional leadership among Career Pathways leaders. Attendees will leave with renewed energy, best practices for acquiring new and improving existing leadership skills. The presenters will focus on topics such as accountability, change, coaching, communication, conflict resolution, organizational culture, professionalism, motivation, relationship building, strategic planning, and teamwork. Come sharpen your saw and join a professional network of other leaders from across the country who are dedicated to leading Career Pathways initiatives that will ensure students and adults are prepared for both college and careers.
Featured Speaker: Dr. Janice Scott Cover, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach, FL; Jeraline Johnson, School District of Palm Beach County, FL

Texas House Bill 5 (for Texas only)
1:30-4:30 p.m.

The 83rd Texas Legislature enacted HB 5, making sweeping changes to public education. The legislation created opportunities to improve alignment between workforce expectations and secondary/postsecondary preparation for Texas students. This session will focus on how to design a Foundation High School Program, combined with career and technical education endorsement plans, to prepare students to earn postsecondary credentials of value, such as certificates, degrees, and industry certifications, which address the 21st century labor market.

Flipped Instruction: A Guide to Create, Collaborate, and Engage -
1:30-4:30 p.m.

Jeannie Justice

Flipped instruction is not only a trend in education, but also a shift to prepare students for a deeper understanding of content with increased collaborative and problem-solving skills. In this hands-on presentation, we will discuss 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 varying interactive tech tools. Participants MUST bring devices with them to participate in the workshop. (All electronic devices are welcome—tablets, laptops, and smart phones.) Participants will receive pre-workshop instructions on software to load onto their devices.
Jeannie Justice, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky