Leading Change in Education ...

student looks at laptop

Center for Occupational Research and Development

CORD logo

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.

man installing solar panels
young woman looks at futuristic images

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.

two young professionals in medical setting

Featured Resources


The result of a CORD study on employer engagement, A Look at Partnerships Between Employers and Community and Technical Colleges offers key observations and multiple recommendations for two-year colleges. The report features interview and survey responses gathered from employers and college personnel to gain a better understanding of how employer engagement impacts the development of Career Pathways and employer perceptions of return on investment. The study was funded by the ECMC Foundation. Social Policy Research Associates served as a strategic partner.

WWC Praxguide PDF

A new publication from the National Center for Education Evaluation at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) provides practical advice for two-year postsecondary Career Pathways practitioners. Titled Designing and Delivering Career Pathways at Community Colleges: A Practice Guide for Educators, the publication highlights five recommendations and related strategies and resources on effective Career Pathways program designs, instructional methods, delivery models, student supports, and partnerships.

Some of Our Projects

News and Views

By our team members and partners

  • BLOG

Digital Fabrication, an interview with Sarah Boisvert, Founder and CEO of the Fab Lab Hub and Co-founder of the New Collar Network, March 2021, podcast 24 of Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work (a project of CORD)

Cross-cutting Skills in Demand for STEM Technician Jobs of the Future, Ann-Claire Anderson, Vice President, Special Projects, CORD (NCPN Connections, Vol. 30, No. 4)

Strategies for Sustaining Apprenticeship and Pre-apprenticeship Programs in Changing Times, Jennifer Jirous-Rapp, Senior Analyst, Maher & Maher, Washington DC; Gina Wells, Project Director, Apprenticeship Expansion Technical Assistance to States, Senior Analyst, Maher & Maher, Washington, DC (NCPN 2020 Conference)

Ag Tech Company Leader Shares Insights about Trends for 3 Types of Technicians, Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work (a project of CORD)

Reentry and Reengagement During a Pandemic: How Employability Skills Surface as In-Demand Skills in Today’s Workforce, Panelists: 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. (hosted by NCPN on January 26, 2021)

A Look at Partnerships Between Employers and Community and Technical Colleges: Observations and Recommendations, an analysis of survey data pertaining to employer engagement in career-technical programs at community and technical colleges (funded by the ECMC Foundation)