Workshop Topics

Professional Development


Our workshops are designed for high school and community college educators as well as workforce personnel and are tailored to fit local needs. NCPN can deliver workshops at your location.

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. (Download PDF flyer of this page.)

Learn more about NCPN’s Career Pathways Leadership (CPL) Certification workshops.

CPLC I: Career Pathways Leadership Certification
If you are involved in CTE, counseling, corrections, or workforce development and your duties have expanded to include Career Pathways, join this session 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.

CPLC II: Deep Dive Into Career Pathways
This workshop covers the same general areas as CPLC I but goes into greater depth. Attend this workshop to learn effective strategies for making your existing pathways even better.

Introduction to Career Pathways
This introductory workshop is 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 Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s Programs of Study (POS) Design Framework.

Introduction to Contextual Teaching and Learning
Contextual teaching presents academic concepts in 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.

Designing Programs of Study
This workshop covers the nuts and bolts of Career Pathways delivery systems (dual enrollment, early college, apprenticeships), implementation, communication, technical skill attainment/evaluation, and capacity analysis.

Building Partnerships
This workshop provides tools for creating the strong community partnerships that Career Pathways systems require. Topics: Partner identification, goal setting, model structures, partner roles, and action plan development.

The Counselor’s Role in a Career Pathways System
This workshop is designed to help counselors take a fresh look at their roles in economic and workforce development. Topics: Global labor market supply and demand; education in economic development; career awareness (K–5), exploration (6–8), and preparation (9–14); and adult learners.

Employer Engagement
For community college faculty and staff. The need for strategic employer engagement with colleges has become more important than ever. This workshop provides tools to be used at colleges and with employers, leading to increased enrollment, better prepared graduates, higher job placement rates, increased opportunities for continuing education of incumbent workers, and more!


Introduction to Adult Career Pathways
This workshop is designed to help participants find solutions to problems that prevent adults from obtaining the education that today’s workplace demands. Practical strategies and examples are shared. Participants begin to develop their own ACP plans.

Using Career Pathways to Contextualize Instruction for Adult Learners
Are your adult learners having trouble retaining and applying what they learn? This workshop shows how to give academic concepts real-world relevance by teaching them in the contexts in which they are used in the workplace.

Adult Career Pathways Leadership Certification
Two days. This workshop covers the same general topics as our regular CPL workshop but focuses specifically on the roles of adult education practitioners, administrators, CTE directors, workforce and economic development personnel, and others who work with adult learners.

To learn more about NCPN’s professional development workshops contact


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