Preconference Workshops and Tour

Thursday, October 20, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Career Pathways Leadership Certification Workshop I (CPL I): Introduction to Career Pathways

This workshop is designed for those involved in career technical education, adult education, counseling, corrections, or workforce development whose duties have expanded to include Career Pathways. CPL I will help you assess where you are and what your next steps should be.


  • Need for Career Pathways Partnerships
  • Sector Identification and Employer Engagement
  • Initial Professional Development
  • Program Design and Delivery
  • Funding
  • Need for Communication

Kay Sharbono
Former Director of Adult Education, Louisiana Delta Community College; Former President, Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE)

Jennifer Wagner
Campus Manager, Fox Valley Technical College, Chilton Regional Center

Career Pathways Leadership Certification Workshop II (CPL II): Deep Dive into Career Pathways

This workshop is designed for those involved in career technical education, adult education, counseling, corrections, or workforce development whose duties have expanded to include Career Pathways. CPL II will help you gain strategies for making your existing pathways even better.


  • Academic Achievement
  • Career Planning
  • Professional Development with Stakeholder
  • Career Pathways Refinement and Implementation
  • Beginning with the End in Mind
  • Full Career Pathway Assessment
  • Strong Postsecondary Connections

Ann Westrich
Career Prep and Career Transition Education Director with the Wisconsin Technical College System

Claudia Maness
Director, National Career Pathways Network

Thursday, October 20, 9:00 a.m.–Noon

Eight to Great:  Pathways to Leadership

In the workforce development arena, professionals are often on Career Pathways that lead from practitioner to the administrative conference room without the benefit of essential leadership development. Many may have been thrust into leadership roles at the state or local level or have those aspirations. If so, a foundational knowledge of core skills in preparation to LEAD is critical. This workshop will explore eight key areas of leadership and why they are necessary to achieve success in this new era of excellence. It’s never been more important in our lifetime to provide individuals the education and skills needed to compete and thrive in today’s workforce.  You can play a game-changing role. 

Lisa Williams (facilitator)
Program Specialist, Florida Department of Education Division of Career, Technical, and Adult Education and Leadership Development Academy (LDA) Chair for NCPN

Reecie Stagnolia (presenter)
CEO, Stagnolia Strategic Solutions, LLC and former VP for Adult Education, KY Council on Postsecondary Education

Beyond Dual Credit Courses: Creating High School Academies that Offer Stackable Credentials

Gateway Technical College created a High School Academy Model where high school students are dually enrolled in courses that lead to certifications and stackable credentials with the opportunity to graduate from Gateway Technical College before graduating from high school. Learn how the academy model was developed and has grown from 35 students in 2019 to over 120 students in 2021 to meet community needs and student interests.

Samantha Duczak
Dual Credit Manager, Gateway Technical College

Katie Graf
Director of High School Partnerships, Gateway Technical College

Thursday, October 20, 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Foggy Headlights: A Renewed Perspective for Seeing and Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Career Pathways

Meeting the needs of a diverse workforce can been challenging. In this three-hour session, participants will get an accelerated understanding of what diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is, and how to prepare their respective workplaces for this shift. Through imagery and several activities, participants will leave with a renewed sense of DEI initiatives and how to turn policy into practice.

John Harper
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, South Central College

Adopting a Career Pathways Framework that Supports and Sustains Innovation

This workshop will immerse career pathways professionals in best practices and insightful discussions centered around three focus areas: Strategic employer engagement, designing career pathways with stackable credentials, and facilitating non-credit/credit alignment. Participants will benefit from cohort experiences of the recent Pathways to Credentials initiative and receive tools and resources they can deploy immediately with their K-16, community, and employer partners.
Debbie Davidson

Debbie Davidson
Technical Assistance Director, Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD)

Hope Cotner

Hope Cotner
President/CEO, Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD)

Ann Beheler
PI, Convergence Technology Center and Pathways to Innovation

Forum and Tour at Atlanta Technical College

Participants will tour the Atlanta Technical College Aviation Center and Industrial Engineering Manufacturing Center followed by a presentation on the college’s innovative programs to prepare students for technical careers.

Participants will board a motor coach at 1:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Marquis Hotel for the short ride to the college campus; the motor coach will return participants to the hotel by 4:30 p.m.