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Center for Occupational Research and Development

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Welcome to CORD

For more than 40 years CORD has created innovative educational tools and programs that empower faculty to prepare students for success in postsecondary education and careers.

Contextual teaching and learning in the STEM disciplines

We support the teaching of knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the contexts in which they are used in today’s rapidly evolving workplace.

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Seamless transitions from secondary to postsecondary education and careers

We help educators and employers work together in ensuring that all learners have access to credential-earning Career Pathways.

Training solutions to help America’s technicians excel in the global labor market

Our projects and resources help learners acquire the technical and employability skills necessary to be globally competitive, today and in the future.

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Featured Resources


The approach by community and technical colleges of embedding “stackable” certificates aligned to industry certifications within associate degrees has emerged in recent years as a practical way of helping students progress along the education continuum while earning credentials with labor market value.

Introduction to Stackable Credentials, produced for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education by CORD in partnership with SPR Associates, provides steps for enhancing employer engagement, designing programs with stackable credentials, supporting student completion, and sustaining programs responsive to employer needs.


A Framework for a Cross-Disciplinary STEM Core consists of recommendations for incorporating knowledge and skills in Advanced Digital Literacy, Data Knowledge and Analysis, and Business Knowledge and Processes into associate degree technician preparation programs. Topics within these areas have been prioritized by educators and industry as essential to work of the future, across industry sectors. The Framework represents a paradigm shift for institutions that provide technician education and is suitable for implementation, with regional customization, by any community college technical program.

Project Highlights

News and Views

By our team members and partners


Technology and Education for Future Farming

Podcast 29 of Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work featuring Curt Yoose, Agriculture Instructor, Ridgewater College (Aug 2021)

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Beyond Dual Credit Courses: Creating High School Academies That Offer Stackable Credentials

NCPN webinar delivered by Katie Graf, Jaime Spaciel, and Ray Koukari Jr. of Gateway Technical College (Aug 2021)

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Advancing Career Pathways in Mississippi

By Beth Little, Mississippi Community College Board, State Director of Adult Education & High School Equivalency (NCPN Connections, Vol. 31, No. 4)

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