National Career Pathways Network

Welcome to the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN), a project of

NCPN is dedicated to strengthening the education-to-careers pipeline through professional development in Career Pathways, Adult Career Pathways, career and technical education (CTE), and workforce development.

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NCPN’s activities serve secondary, postsecondary, adult, and correctional education; workforce and economic development; and workforce investment boards, community-based organizations, and employers.

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Through conferences, workshops, and publications, NCPN facilitates the exchange of promising practices and innovations and assists educators and their partners in planning, implementing, evaluating, and improving Career Pathways.

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NCPN connects people and resources, provides leadership and professional development, and facilitates the discovery of solutions through partnering at local, state, and national levels.

Recent Items from NCPN and Our Affiliates ...

ARTICLE

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Academic Esports: Gateway to STEM-Related Careers

Jill Ranucci, Ph.D., CTE Consultant, Leander, TX

Districts and states across the country revise and rewrite their academic visions, goals, standards, and strategic plans every year. Excellence, equity, resources, and classroom actions are at the forefront of student success. The rapidly changing technological landscape has changed much of what teachers and students are currently experiencing in learning environments. Industry leaders are searching for graduates who possess professional skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, and analytical thinking. Yet students are often focused on their electronic devices and are enamored with the multitudinous methods of communication available to them within a single piece of technology.

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WEBINAR

Sept 21, 2022
Preparing Technicians for a Cross-Disciplinary Future

Hope Cotner, Co-Principal Investigator, President, CORD; Michael Lesiecki, Co-Principal Investigator, Senior Consultant, CORD; Marilyn Barger, Special Advisor, Senior Ed Advisor, FLATE; Richard Gilbert, Professor, FLATE, USF, Tampa, FL; Ann-Claire Anderson, Principal Investigator, Senior Vice President, CORD

Technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things are transforming existing industries. Skilled technical workers of the future will need to function well in the diverse platforms and systems that drive multiple sectors. The Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work project led by CORD has gathered input from stakeholders representing education, industry, and workforce interests to determine the skills needed to prepare for the impacts of emerging technologies. Three skill areas encompassing cross-disciplinary skill sets—advanced digital literacy, data knowledge and analysis, and business knowledge and processes—are increasingly important for all STEM technicians. This webinar introduces a Framework for integrating them into any technical program.

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PODCAST

Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
Episode 43: Unlocking Potential Through Technology

Podcast Guest: Amy Kardel, Senior Vice President, Strategic Workforce Relationships at CompTIA (Oct 2022)

As an IT professional with an entrepreneurial spirit, Amy brings her vast international experience in both large and small tech companies to share her insight into the Tech workforce. What skills does a technician coming into the workforce need to have to be employable and successful? Hear her ideas about lifelong learning and reskilling as the development arc technicians need for a continuous trajectory of a thriving career in tech. Learn how Career Pathways, apprenticeships, and certifications are providing strategic inroads for students as well as a valuable pipeline of talent for industry.

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RESOURCE

Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
A Framework for a Cross-Disciplinary STEM Core

Produced by Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work (an NSF ATE project of CORD, the parent organization of NCPN), the Framework for a Cross-Disciplinary STEM Core makes recommendations for incorporating knowledge and skills in advanced digital literacy, data knowledge and analysis, and business knowledge and processes into associate degree technician preparation programs. The Framework represents a paradigm shift for institutions that provide technician education. Technician educators must be empowered to integrate multiple disciplines into existing programs and develop new programs that support emerging disciplines and occupations.

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RESOURCE

Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
Adopting the Framework for a Cross-Disciplinary STEM Core: A Toolkit for Action

Designed to assist in the process of adopting the same project’s Framework for a Cross-Disciplinary STEM Core, this toolkit suggests six steps for adoption and provides checklists for self-assessment and links to resources designed to assist in the adoption process.

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WEBINAR

May 10, 2022
Breaking Down Silos to Build In-Demand Pathways

Michelle Van Noy, Director, Education and Employment Research Center, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers; Lee Lambert, Chancellor, Pima Community College; Sarah Janes, Associate Vice Chancellor, Continuing and Professional Development, San Jacinto College

Noted Rutgers researcher Dr. Michelle Van Noy is joined by community college leaders Lee Lambert, Chancellor of Pima Community College, and Sarah Janes, Associate Vice Chancellor, Continuing and Professional Development at San Jacinto College, for an insightful look at breaking down the silos between noncredit and credit programs. Panelists discuss how they developed in-demand pathways that intentionally align noncredit and credit programs. This holistic approach offers accessible pathways for all learners that lead to market-valued credentials and degree completion.

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