2017 NCPN Preconference Workshops / Tours

Wednesday, October 25, 9:00–Noon

Integrating and Infusing Comprehensive Soft Skills into the Whole Curriculum
9:00 a.m. - Noon

Audience: Educators and administrators (postsecondary, secondary, adult), employers, workforce development and human resource personnel, Career Pathways and Tech Prep coordinators

The lack of 'soft skills' in the workplace has exploded as a top workforce development issue. The Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program addresses this issue by embedding soft skill development into the curriculum. Join program practitioners in their own internal training session! Attendees will network with people who use this program at the classroom and employer levels, and will be provided with tools they can put to use in their own locales. This workshop is a stand-alone event but is also an effective lead-in to the tour titled "Visit the Working and Award Winning AMT Career Pathway Program—A Pathway from A to Z" from 1:00-4:00pm.
Dennis Dio Parker, Toyota North America, Georgetown, KY; Chris Lagemann, State Technical College of Missouri, St. Charles, MO

Jeraline Johnson

Career Development Practices in 2017: A Best Practice Sharing Opportunity for Building a Successful Career Pathways System
9:00 a.m. - Noon

Audience: All stakeholders (secondary, postsecondary, adult)

Building a solid career development initiative is key to a successful and productive Career Pathways system. As Career Pathways professionals, we’re all looking for ways to establish better connections for our stakeholders and provide them with up-to-date information, solid advice, and resources that are relevant to their needs and circumstances. In an ever-changing world of work, where the average person will change jobs multiple times in a life span, it is paramount that, as we develop programs of study for students and adults, we do so in a way that addresses the personal characteristics and self-efficacy skills needed for making appropriate choices regarding education and career paths. Join us to share and learn from other attendees about information and career planning resources and how to make the most of free career planning tools.
Jeraline Johnson, School District of Palm Beach County, FL

Engaging Employers to Strengthen Career Pathway Programs

Mark Turner

Richard Hinckley

Audience: Educators (secondary, postsecondary), counselors, employers

This preconference will help attendees engage industry representatives in a discussion of employer engagement models that can be implemented locally in the development and enhancement of courses, programs, and services for secondary and postsecondary students. Attendees will develop employer engagement strategies for their own regions.
: Mark Turner, The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA ; Richard Hinckley, CORD, Waco, TX

Cybersecurity: 2020 (Starting time: 8:00)

Audience: Workforce investment board staff, counselors (secondary, postsecondary), anyone interested in learning more about careers and education in cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field that offers many career opportunities. The U.S. Department of Labor expects 22 percent growth over the next decade. Meeting this need will require vision and a clear understanding of the skills employers are seeking. Cybersecurity: 2020 is designed to alert attendees to the education opportunities available through traditional two- and four-year institutions as well as nontraditional resources. Employers from large, medium, and small companies will share what they seek in their cybersecurity professionals.
Tony Bryan, Amber Lowry, Midwest Cyber Center, Scott AF Base, IL

How Do Perkins and WIOA Fit Into the Career Pathways Puzzle?
9:00 a.m. - Noon

Michael Brustein

Audience:Educators and administrators (postsecondary, secondary, adult), employers, workforce development personnel, Career Pathways and Tech Prep coordinators

This session will cover the pending Perkins legislation and promulgation of the June 2016 federal regulations by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor governing the 19 federal programs under the WIOA. Perkins and the Adult Ed and Family Literacy Act are critical parts of the WIOA roll-out. As Congress and the next administration align Career Pathways with the WIOA and Perkins, it is important to understand how all these pieces fit together.
Michael Brustein, Brustein & Manasevit, Washington, DC

TOUR: Back to the Future! Rankin Technical College
9:00–11:00 a.m. bus loads at 8:30 a.m.

Audience: Educators and administrators (postsecondary, secondary, adult, CTE), employers, workforce development personnel, Career Pathways and Tech Prep coordinators

For over 100 years Rankin Technical College has been providing the Midwest with a technical workforce. The college has a 96% placement rate and 93% retention rate. Its success is predicated on two longstanding school concepts: a strong work ethic and integrated work-based learning. This tour will include over 1,000,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art facilities, pipeline development activities, industry work cells on campus, integrated work based learning, and earning while you learn!


Wednesday, October 25, 1:30–4:30

TOUR: Visit the Working and Award-Winning AMT Career Pathway Program—A Pathway from A to Z
1:30–4:30 a.m. Bus loads at 1:00 p.m.

Audience: Educators and administrators (postsecondary, secondary, adult), employers, workforce development and human resource personnel, Career Pathways and Tech Prep coordinators

Visit a chapter of the 2013 Kuder/NCPN national 1st-place Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award-winning Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program. Representatives from all steps within the path will be present. Learn about the program’s unique work-emulation environment; trendsetting embedded educational practices (such as soft skill development); students, faculty, and staff (K-12; associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels); employers who engage students from K-12 to postsecondary; and state and national supporting organizations. This workshop is a stand-alone event but is also an effective follow-on to the workshop titled "Integrating and Infusing Comprehensive Soft Skills Into the Whole Curriculum" from 9:00–noon

Apprenticeships: Pathways to Success

Audience: Educators and administrators (secondary, postsecondary, CTE), workforce development personnel

Apprenticeships, a longstanding career training and teaching model, are growing in their uses and forms while being scaled across the nation. An apprenticeship is an effective, real-world approach to training for high-skill, high-wage careers. These on-the-job learning opportunities pay participants’ wages while providing opportunities to acquire technical skills and develop professional networks and soft skills. During this session, you will learn about the components and benefits of different types of apprenticeships, including pre-apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships, and the Department of Labor’s registered apprenticeships. Participants will study and learn from best practices in use around the country. Attendees will also be provided with resources and tools for deploying apprenticeship programs in their communities and organizations .
Whitney Thompson , Illinois Community College Board, Springfield, IL

Pathways for Returning Offenders and the Incarcerated: Successful Program Development

Audience: Educators (adult, community college), employers

This preconference will review the steps necessary to develop effective offender re-entry and incarcerated student education programs. The session will include the development of a program that incorporates outreach to jails, probation, work releases, and prisons. It will review coordination of departments in student services, student aid, admissions, funding, diversity, distance learning, ABE, curriculum and career development, workforce assistance, counseling, and community support. The preconference will include partnership establishment with community services, employers, agencies, and correctional facilities.

Peter Moote, New Careers Development Campaign, Seattle, WA

Adult Education's Role in Career Pathways

Hope Cotner

Audience: Adult Educators

From partnership building to employer engagement to implementing contextualized instruction, adult educators play important roles in advancing a state’s career pathway efforts. In this workshop, we’ll explore some of the most critical aspects of local career pathways development, including identifying effective communication strategies, supporting partnerships, designing intake, instruction, and transition services, and continuous improvement.
Hope Cotner, CORD, Waco, TX

Aligning Academics and Employer-Based Opportunities for High School Students in “Hard to Fill” Positions

Audience: Counselor’s, Teachers, Administrators and/or any professional interested in providing students with up to date information on  “hard to fill” on the job trainable opportunities. The hospital also offers tuition reimbursement to further  education. These positions are entry points to the health care career ladder.

BJC School Outreach and Youth Development has worked with human resources and talent acquisition teams to provide an outline of what educators should emphasize with respect to lifelong learning. This session will provide useful tools on how to empower students to maximize their career exploration experiences and enhance their employment and academic outcomes.

Learning Today to LEAD Tomorrow

Jeraline Johnson

Audience: All stakeholders (secondary, postsecondary, adult)

The 2017 Leadership Development Institute will focus on leadership and innovative strategies for building personal and professional leadership among Career Pathways leaders. Attendees will leave with renewed energy, best practices, and new skills and approaches that can be applied in their educational institutions. Topics will include 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 leaders who are dedicated to leading Career Pathways initiatives that will prepare students and adults for both college and careers.
Facilitator: Jeraline Johnson, School District of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL; Guest Speaker: Michele Jones, U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major (Ret.)

Wednesday, October 25, 9:00–4:30

Career Pathways Leadership Certification (CPL)

Sandra Harwell

Audience: People who are newly involved in Career Pathways

If you are involved in career technical education, adult education, counseling, corrections, or workforce development and your duties have expanded to include Career Pathways … join us for an introduction to Career Pathways and an evaluation of where you are and what your next steps should be. Attendees must also attend at least 7 main conference sessions to receive certification.
Sandra Harwell
, CORD, Lakeland, FL