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 through:
- Curriculum design
- Customized teacher training
- Publications and resources
CORD's broad range of professional development workshops can be customized to meet local, state, and regional need.
CORD partners with state and local teams to provide both broad and targeted support services for Career Pathways initiatives.
CORD has over thirty-five years of experience creating standards-based curriculum in mathematics, science, and technical fields.
Join NCPN for sessions, workshops, tours, and exhibits supporting Career Pathways, CTE, and workforce and economic development.
CORD is an acknowledged expert and trusted partner for educational systems across the globe and has assisted practitioners in countries such as Brazil, Dominican Republic, Chile, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines, and Turkey.
Pathways to Credentials
Pathways to Credentials is an initiative of the US Department of Education's Office of Career Technical and Adult Education. The project is designed to assist community and technical colleges in their efforts to embed stackable, industry-recognized credentials within technical (CTE) associate degree programs. Community and technical colleges are eligible to apply to become part of a cohort of up to 10 colleges. The cohort colleges will receive customized technical assistance (TA) to advance their efforts in stackable credential design including components such as employer engagement, industry certification alignment, and non-credit/credit integration. Learn more.
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
Technology advances are changing industries at an unprecedented pace, demanding an ever expanding array of knowledge, skills, and abilities from technicians in the STEM disciplines. In recognition of the challenges that lie just ahead, CORD is leading the NSF project Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work. The project is launching regional activities in which industry partners, two-year colleges, and ATE community leaders will work together in transforming technician education at the associate degree level. Learn how this CORD-led NSF ATE initiative is preparing technicians for the workplace of tomorrow.