Professional Development

Professional Development



Our workshops are designed for high school and community college educators as well as workforce personnel and are tailored to fit local needs. NCPN can deliver workshops at your location.

Below is a sampling of our most-requested workshops and courses. All can be customized for your state or local needs. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, just ask. We can combine topics or create a new workshop or course that will meet your professional development goals. (Download a PDF flyer of this page.)

Learn more about NCPN’s Career Pathways Leadership (CPL) Certification workshops.

Introduction to Career Pathways
This introductory workshop is designed to be the catalyst for the development and implementation of a Career Pathways system. The workshop is based on the Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s Programs of Study (POS) Design Framework.

Introduction to Contextual Teaching and Learning
Contextual teaching presents academic concepts in the context of careers and real-world experiences. This workshop explores contextual learning, learning styles, multiple intelligences, the five essential forms of learning, and steps for implementing contextual teaching strategies.

Designing Programs of Study
This workshop covers the nuts and bolts of Career Pathways delivery systems (dual enrollment, early college, apprenticeships), implementation, communication, technical skill attainment/evaluation, and capacity analysis.

Building Partnerships
This workshop provides tools for creating the strong community partnerships that Career Pathways systems require. Topics: Partner identification, goal setting, model structures, partner roles, and action plan development.

The Counselor’s Role in a Career Pathways System
This workshop is designed to help counselors take a fresh look at their roles in economic and workforce development. Topics: Global labor market supply and demand; education in economic development; career awareness (K–5), exploration (6–8), and preparation (9–14); and adult learners.

Employer Engagement
For community college faculty and staff. The need for strategic employer engagement with colleges has become more important than ever. This workshop provides tools to be used at colleges and with employers, leading to increased enrollment, better prepared graduates, higher job placement rates, increased opportunities for continuing education of incumbent workers, and more!

Introduction to Adult Career Pathways
This workshop is designed to help participants find solutions to problems that prevent adults from obtaining the education that today’s workplace demands. Practical strategies and examples are shared. Participants begin to develop their own ACP plans.

Using Career Pathways to Contextualize Instruction for Adult Learners
Are your adult learners having trouble retaining and applying what they learn? This workshop shows how to give academic concepts real-world relevance by teaching them in the contexts in which they are used in the workplace.

Adult Career Pathways Leadership Certification
Two days. This workshop covers the same general topics as our regular CPL workshop but focuses specifically on the roles of adult education practitioners, administrators, CTE directors, workforce and economic development personnel, and others who work with adult learners.

If you are involved in career technical education, adult education, counseling, corrections, or workforce development and your duties have expanded to include Career Pathways, we invite you and your team to attend our Career Pathways Leadership (CPL) Certification I and II Institutes.

CPL I and II are both two-day events. Below is a sampling of topics to be covered:


  • Need for Career Pathways Partnerships
  • Sector Identification and Employer Engagement
  • Initial Professional Development
  • Program Design and Delivery
  • Funding
  • Need for Communication


  • Academic Achievement
  • Career Planning
  • Professional Development with Stakeholder
  • Career Pathways Refinement and Implementation
  • Beginning with the End in Mind
  • Full Career Pathway Assessment
  • Strong Postsecondary Connections

To learn more about NCPN’s professional development workshops contact