Preconference Workshops • Wednesday, February 26

WED 9:00–4:00

Career Pathways Leadership Certification – Level I

This interactive workshop immerses you in best practices and insightful discussions based on the Advancing Credentials through Career Pathways Framework. Workshop segments include:

  • Strategically engaging employers to support innovation
  • Building community partnerships to facilitate seamless transitions
  • Designing industry-responsive career pathways
  • Using pathways mapping to identify and design stackable credentials
  • Championing and facilitating non-credit to credit alignment
  • Providing holistic student supports for credential completion

Participants will develop a local action plan and receive a toolbox of resources to deploy with K-16, adult education, community, and employer partners.

Claudia Maness
Director, National Career Pathways Network

Kaye Sharbono

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

Career Pathways Leadership Certification – Level II

This interactive workshop challenges you to take your pathways development to the next level, based on the Advancing Credentials through Career Pathways Framework. Workshop segments include:

  • Assessing achievements and lessons learned
  • Refining implementation practices to facilitate scaling
  • Expanding employer engagement and work-based learning experiences
  • Increasing awareness and leveraging stakeholder involvement
  • Applying market responsiveness and sustainability strategies

Participants will have a pre-workshop assignment prior to the conference, and benefit from a virtual roundtable a month after the conference.

Ann Westrich
Education Director-Career Prep/K-12, Wisconsin Technical College System

WED 9:00–Noon

Workforce Development System Partnerships: Strategies for Moving Career Pathways Forward

This interactive session will focus on integration of services with workforce development partners that will guide the development and implementation of career pathways. Join us to examine your current partnerships and develop action plans to grow and strengthen current workforce development partnerships.

Presenter: KayLynn Hamilton, Workforce Development Professional, Former Associate Teaching Professor at the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, Penn State University

Supporting Every Learner in Successfully Navigating High-Quality Career Pathways

In a time when information is critical to success and budgets are tied to outcomes, the need for strategic employer engagement with education has never been greater. No longer can programs thrive with limited input from local employers. Educators must stay informed of—and respond to—industry-specific trends that impact skill sets, national standards, and credentials. Participants will learn the tools and resources needed to map out your employer engagement strategy. Participants in this session will dive into the promising practices of developing a career preparation ecosystem through an inclusion lens. The session will provide high level overviews of counseling & career development initiatives, national models of meaningful advising implementation to borrow and share ground level ideas for supporting special populations in high quality career pathway programming.

Presenter: Lauren Jones, CTE Program Director for Special Populations, Counseling and Equity, Colorado Department of Education

WED 1:00–4:00

Apprenticeships in Career Pathways: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

This session will focus on best practices and lessons learned for integrating apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships within career pathways. Attendees will learn from states and regions that are engaged in this work and be given an opportunity to develop action steps for integrating these into their own state and local plans.

Jennifer Jirous-Rapp
Vice President, Pathways & Partnerships, CORD

AI Evolution: Enhancing Creativity, Efficiency, and Ethics

The increasing complexity of AI over the last few years is comparable to the growth of the Internet. The world has gone from web-connected to AI-embedded devices and processes. This session focuses on harnessing AI for creativity in the classroom and efficiency in the workplace; ethical AI use in an educational environment; and AI-driven critical thinking.

Panelist details coming soon

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National Career Pathways Network

NCPN is a project of CORD, the Center for Occupational Research and Development.