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The Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leading change in education. Since 1979, we've been creating educational tools and innovative programs designed to empower faculty and prepare students for greater success in careers and higher education. We invite you to learn more about how CORD assists educators across the country and around the globe.

Professional Development

CORD's broad range of professional development workshops can be customized to meet local, state, and regional need.

Career Pathways
Technical Assistance

CORD partners with state and local teams to provide both broad and targeted support services for Career Pathways initiatives.


CORD has over thirty years of experience creating standards-based curriculum in mathematics, science, and technical fields.

Career Pathways

NCPN will host its Summer Institutes on Career Pathways Leadership Certification on June 12–13 (Las Vegas) and June 15–16 (Orlando).

Project Spotlight: Mapping Upward

CORD is leading the Mapping Upward initiative, a two-year project supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). The project is providing technical assistance (TA) to groups of community colleges as they work to embed stackable, industry-recognized credentials within technical associate degree programs. Sector-focused networks from three states are receiving customized TA from subject matter experts and a dedicated coach to help colleges advance their efforts in stackable credential program design.


The recently released Mapping Upward Podcast Series features community college professionals known for their work on stackable credentials discussing various aspects of program design and partnership building.