Professional Development

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

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.