Webinar Series for 2018

Professional Development

NCPN Webinar Series

The 2018 NCPN Webinar series is now complete. Many thanks to our presenters and attendees for a successful series. Please see below for descriptions of the sessions, along with links to recordings and other resources.


A Useful Tool and How to Use It: The U. S. Department of Labor's (USDOL) Career Pathways Toolkit: An Enhanced Guide and Workbook for System Development

November 27, 2018, Noon CST

The Career Pathways toolkit published by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) offers a clear and user-friendly road map for administrators, service providers, practitioners, and policymakers seeking to develop Career Pathways systems at local, regional, and/or state levels. The toolkit details the Six Key Elements Framework:

  1. Build cross-agency partnerships and clarify roles

  2. Identify industry sectors and engage employers

  3. Design education and training programs

  4. Identify funding needs and sources

  5. Align policies and programs

  6. Measure system change and performance

The toolkit also highlights promising practices and provides tools designed to support visioning and strategic planning. This webinar will walk you through the toolkit, providing helpful hints on how to use it at the local level.

Presenter: Debra Mills, Director Emeritus, National Career Pathways Network

>>November 27 Recording and Resources

Promising Apprenticeship Models: Strategies from South Carolina and Wisconsin

April 23, 2018, 2:00 CDT

Apprenticeships are a proven strategy that ensures quality training by combining work-based learning with theoretical and practical classroom instruction. Attendees learned about models from Wisconsin and South Carolina and how to expand their toolbox of strategies for implementing or strengthening apprenticeship programs. Presenters: Jamie Bernthal, Youth Apprenticeship Statewide Coordinator, and Darla Burton, Youth Apprenticeship Statewide Program Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development; Mitchell Harp, Dean of Apprenticeships, Trident Technical College, South Carolina

>>April 23 Recording and Resources

Grants, Both State and Federal: How They Can Help!

March 1, 2018, 2:00 EST

The March 1 webinar informed participants of how grants at both the state and federal levels can assist in their work in Career Pathways and Career and Technical Education. Members from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) staff discussed ways to prepare for future federal grant opportunities. Presenters also included two technical college representatives who shared their techniques and strategies when searching for and optimizing state and local grant options. Presenters: Robin Utz, Laura Messenger, OCTAE; Patricia Saunders, Sheila Schetter, Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland, Wisconsin

>>March 1 Recording and Resources

CTE and Federal Policy: Recapping the Highlights of 2017

January 25, 2018, 1:00 EST

Last year marked a big year for Career Technical Education (CTE) in the federal policy arena. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career Technical Education Act of 2006, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed the “Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity Through Education Reform” (PROSPER) Act, an update to the Higher Education Act, and states submitted their plans for implementing The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Amidst all this activity, an omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017 passed Congress and a sweeping tax reform bill was signed into law. Presenters: Kimberly Green, Executive Director of Advance CTE; Kathryn Zekus, Senior Associate for Federal Policy at Advance CTE; Debbie Mills, Director of NCPN

>>January 25 Recording and Resources


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