Professional Development


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.

2022 Series

Preparing Technicians for a Cross-Disciplinary Future

Delivered Sept 21, 2022

Technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things are transforming existing industries. Skilled technical workers of the future will need to function well in the diverse platforms and systems that drive multiple sectors. The Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work project led by CORD has gathered input from stakeholders representing education, industry, and workforce interests to determine the skills needed to prepare for the impacts of emerging technologies. Three skill areas encompassing cross-disciplinary skill sets—advanced digital literacy, data knowledge and analysis, and business knowledge and processes—are increasingly important for all STEM technicians. This webinar introduces a Framework for integrating them into any technical program.

Hope Cotner

Hope Cotner

Co-Principal Investigator
President, CORD
Mike Lesiecki

Michael Lesiecki

Co-Principal Investigator
Senior Consultant, CORD
Marilyn Barger

Marilyn Barger

Special Advisor
Senior Ed Advisor, FLATE

Richard Gilbert

Professor, FLATE, USF, Tampa, FL

Ann-Claire Anderson

Principal Investigator
Senior Vice President, CORD

Breaking Down Silos to Build In-Demand Pathways

Delivered May 10, 2022

Noted Rutgers researcher Dr. Michelle Van Noy is joined by community college leaders Lee Lambert, Chancellor of Pima Community College, and Sarah Janes, Associate Vice Chancellor, Continuing and Professional Development at San Jacinto College, for an insightful look at breaking down the silos between noncredit and credit programs. Panelists discuss how they developed in-demand pathways that intentionally align noncredit and credit programs. This holistic approach offers accessible pathways for all learners that lead to market-valued credentials and degree completion. (San Jacinto’s Credit for Prior Learning Information)

Michelle Van Noy

Director, Education and Employment Research Center, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers

Lee Lambert

Chancellor, Pima Community College

Sarah Janes

Associate Vice Chancellor, Continuing and Professional Development, San Jacinto College

The Counselor’s Role in Career Pathways

Delivered March 10, 2022

The role of the high school counselor/career navigator/college counselor has changed as schools and institutions have adopted career pathways. Panelists from secondary and postsecondary perspectives describe their changing roles and responsibilities in this environment, including collaborating with workforce faculty and how it benefits their students and other stakeholders.

Debbie Davidson
Debbie Davidson
CORD Technical Assistance Director (moderator)
Frances Celis
Director, College and Career Readiness, Lake County Schools, FL
Kairise Conwell
Career Advisor, Lake-Sumter State College, Leesburg, FL
Sandra McShane

Assistant Director Workforce Programs, Lake-Sumter State College, Leesburg, FL

Brandy Ziesemer

Program Manager/Professor, Health Services Management, Lake-Sumter State College, Leesburg, FL

Developing Local Education/Employer Partnerships from the Ground Up with IETs

Delivered January 27, 2022

Integrated education and training (IET) programs combine occupational skills training with basic and academic skills instruction to expedite the education and career advancement of learners. In this webinar panelists discuss strategies for developing employer-education partnerships that get results through IETs.

Jeff Arnott
Executive Director of Post-Secondary and Secondary CTE School District of Osceola County

Debra Pace
Superintendent of Schools School District of Osceola County

Karen Combs
Principal of Adult Learning Center of Osceola (ALCO)

Dave Engilis
President of Touchless Boat Covers, Orlando, FL

2021 Series

Supporting High School to Community College Pathways with High Employer Engagement

Delivered 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

Delivered 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
Director of High School Partnerships, Gateway Technical College

Jaime Spaciel
Director of Career Pathways and Program Effectiveness, Gateway Technical College

Ray Koukari, Jr.
Dean of Academic Affairs for the SC Johnson iMET Center, Dean of the School of Manufacturing, Engineering, and Information Technology, Gateway Technical College

A New Era of Excellence

Delivered 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
CEO, Stagnolia Strategic Solutions & Former VP for Adult Education, KY Council on Postsecondary Education

Kaye Sharbono
Former Director of Adult Education, Louisiana Delta Community College; President, Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), 2017–2019

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

Delivered 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.

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.