NCPN Webinars

Professional Development

2021 NCPN Webinar Series

NCPN webinars provide timely information for educators, employers, policymakers, and other stakeholders in Career Pathways, programs of study, stackable credentials, employability skills, workforce development, career and technical education, and related topics.


Supporting High School to Community College Pathways with High Employer Engagement

October 15, 2021

The National CTC has developed the Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model which formalizes co-leadership between business and educators to align curriculum with workforce needs while developing a highly-engaged employer team. This model can be used to support high school to community college (and beyond) pathways. Attendees will learn how to implement and use the “BILT model” to support career pathways from a panel of experienced educators.

Ann Beheler, PI for the National Convergence Technology Center

Mark Dempsey, Assistant Director, National Convergence Technology Center, Collin College

Kyle Jones, Chair/Associate Professor, Computer Science and Information Technology, Sinclair College

Douglas Hamm, Business, Technology and Hospitality, Lakeshore Technical College


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

August 19, 2021

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. This session shows how the academy model was developed and grew from 35 students in 2019 to over 120 students in 2021 to meet community needs and student interests.

Katie Graf is the Director of High School Partnerships at Gateway Technical College. She is responsible for developing and continually strengthening the communication and collaboration between Gateway and its secondary and community partners. She leads activities that expand dual credit opportunities with a focus on career pathways, articulation, career prep and youth apprenticeship.

As the Director of Career Pathways and Program Effectiveness at Gateway Technical College, Jaime Spaciel develops high-demand career pathway credentials and oversees the college’s curriculum, assessment, and quality improvement activities. In 2017, she was named the team facilitator for Gateway’s guided pathways work as part of the American Association of Community College’s Pathways 2.0 national project.

Ray Koukari, Jr. is the Dean of Academic Affairs for the SC Johnson iMET Center and the Dean of the School of Manufacturing, Engineering, and Information Technology at Gateway Technical College. Prior to joining Gateway, Ray was the chair of IT programs at the University of Phoenix, Waukesha Campus in Wisconsin as well as a faculty member teaching strategic planning at the graduate level.


A New Era of Excellence

June 22, 2021

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 a leadership role at the state or local level, or have those aspirations. If so, a foundational knowledge of core skills in preparation to LEAD is critical.

Panelists discuss the core skills of leadership and why they are necessary in this new era of excellence in achieving success.

Reecie Stagnolia is a former Vice President for Adult Education at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and served two terms as chair of the National Association State Directors of Adult Education (NASDAE). Reecie is President of Stagnolia Strategic Solutions and currently serves as an NCPN Advisory Board member.

Kaye Sharbono is a former Director of Adult Education at Louisiana Delta Community College. In this role, she led program development from the ground up, expanding services to 14 parishes in a 300-mile radius, serving over 4000 students in rural northeast Louisiana. Kaye served as President of the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) from 2017 to 2019.


Reentry and Reengagement During a Pandemic: How Employability Skills Surface as In-Demand Skills in Today’s Workforce

January 26, 2021

In the face of unprecedented challenges, soft skills are the new essential skills that are forcing us to redefine our routines, reimagine how we connect, and rethink how we succeed in the workplace. Adaptability, communication, and leadership skills are shaping the way we interact and engage with colleagues in a new virtual economic environment. Employability skills are quickly becoming the driving force for how we do business together. Learn how these competencies are preparing learners and job seekers for success in this interactive discussion with our panel of educators, business leaders, and workforce community partners.

Panelists: Reecie Stagnolia, CEO, Stagnolia Strategic Solutions & Former VP for Adult Education, KY Council on Postsecondary Education; Teresa Chasteen, President & CEO, WIN Learning; Allen Pratt, Executive Director, National Rural Education Association; Vincent Sanders, Human Resources Manager, Zeus, Inc.


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