2019 Preconference Workshops

2019 Conference

Preconference Workshops and Tours


Preconference events require registration and a fee (not covered by the main conference registration). Attendees can attend a full-day workshop OR two half-day workshops (morning and afternoon) or a half-day workshop and a tour. Lunch is provided for attendees of a full-day workshop or two half-day events.


Strengthening Career Pathways by Building Leadership Capacity
Leadership development is essential in 21st-century education. In today's complex, competitive, technology-driven educational environments, it is imperative as never before that leaders be able to move their institutions in directions that produce the best outcomes. Career Pathways leaders in particular need keen decision-making and organizational skills that enable them to bring together the many stakeholder groups involved in Career Pathways systems. This session will focus on innovative strategies for building personal and professional leadership skills among Career Pathways practitioners. Attendees will leave with renewed energy, effective practices for learning and improving leadership skills, and new approaches they can apply in their own communities. Facilitator: Jeraline Johnson, School District of Palm Beach County. Presenter: Nick Brown, Indian River State College. Dr. Nicholas Brown comes from a family of educators. In 2003 he earned a BS in business administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). In 2005 he graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University with a master’s degree in business administration and, in July 2016, completed a doctorate in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Dr. Brown has served IRSC as Director of Articulation and Partnerships, leading the effort to make education more affordable through articulation. As chair of the Research Coast Career Pathways Consortium (RCCPC) he focused on making education more accessible and seamless. Today he is a faculty member at the IRSC School of Business.

Is the FAME Career Pathway Right for You?
The FAME Career Pathway is a multiple-award-winning program that serves four customer groups (education, students, employers, workforce/economic development), offers four career pathways and a PK-to-master's pathway, and provides benefits to students such as debt-free college degrees, comprehensive and paid work experiences, an 80 percent graduation rate (college), and an 85 percent immediate hire rate into full-time jobs at high pay. No special programs are required for entry, so application is open to all students. There is no cost to participating PK-12 schools. While community colleges may choose to add resources, there is no required cost to do so, and the program's employer partnership component will strengthen participating colleges' grant requests. Participating employers gain what many consider to be the global-best entry-level technicians. Are you interested in bringing this program to your area? This workshop will show you how. Dennis Dio Parker, Toyota North American Production Support Center; Gardner Carrick, The Manufacturing Institute

The Regal Manufacturing Tour
The Regal Tour will provide an in-depth look into how Regal boats are made. Attendees will observe the lamination, upholstery, infusion, and final assembly processes and will visit the cabinet shop and one-mile long test track. The journey will take attendees from "concept to reality." Following the tour, attendees will experience Regal's showroom and climb aboard some of Regal’s newest models. (The tour will take place in a large manufacturing environment. Attendees should wear closed-toe shoes.)


Apprenticeships and Pre-apprenticeships in Career Pathways
The presenter will cover topics such as strategies for business engagement, partnership building, braided funding, intermediaries, and the roles of partners. Special focus will be given to nontraditional industries and underrepresented populations. Attendees will hear about best practices and lessons learned from states that are making progress in this area. Attendees will be given an opportunity to develop action steps for integrating these practices into their own state and local plans. Jennifer Jirous-Rapp, Maher and Maher, Inc.

Less Talk, More Walk: Creating a Culture of Trust and Accountability
This session will address ethics and accountability through a proven methodology that will enable participants to build accountability throughout their organizations. Using a collaborative approach, participants will go through an experiential assessment and use the results to focus on how to get themselves, their teams, and their organizations not just talking but walking ethics and accountability. The workshop’s content is driven by best practices, cutting-edge literature, and real-world experiences of leaders across the country. Don’t miss this opportunity to transform yourself and your team from talkers to walkers. Attendees will learn to understand the business impacts of ethics and accountability, recognize the factors that cause gaps in integrity, and apply at least three tactics to improve their personal and organizational integrity and accountability. Josh Davies, CEO, The Center for Work Ethic

TOUR: Hospitality Industry Tour
Attendees will tour a hospitality venue and Universal Orlando CityWalk, where they will learn first-hand from industry professionals what careers are available and what job skills are most needed in today's hospitality and tourism industry. This interesting and informative tour will help attendees guide students on their pathways to an array of career opportunities in this exciting field.


Career Pathways Leadership (CPL) Certification
Certification requires attending this workshop and the NCPN conference on Saturday and Sunday. If you are involved in CTE, 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. Topics will include: the need for Career Pathways partnerships, sector identification and employer engagement, program design and delivery, funding, academic achievement, career planning, professional development, and beginning with the end in mind. Sandra Harwell, CORD; Jaime Spaciel, Gateway Technical College

Career Pathways Leadership II: How to Improve Existing Career Pathways
Workshop participants will review the DOL Six Elements of Career Pathways and learn how to align their existing pathways to specific secondary and postsecondary programs, connect them to dual enrollment, and determine entry and exit points. A Career Pathway Assessment tool and best practices will be shared, and work time will be provided. Participants are encouraged to attend in teams. Ann Westrich, Wisconsin Technical College System Office; Claudia Maness, CORD

Advancing Credentials Through Career Pathways Institute
This day-long event is hosted by the Advancing Credentials through Career Pathway initiative. The Institute will immerse community college professionals in best practices and robust discussions centered around the initiative’s three focus areas: Employer Engagement, Career Pathways Embedded with Stackable Credentials, and Non-credit to Credit Integration. The Institute will feature plenary and small-group sessions as well as networking activities. Participants will receive a range of tools and resources they can deploy immediately at their college and with local employer partners. Hope Cotner, CORD


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