Projects –
Career Pathways

She has led curriculum development teams for Transformations, an integrated academic and workforce bridge program; the Manufacturing Workforce Collaborative’s Necessary Skills Now employability skills curriculum; Energy Industry Fundamentals, an ANSI-accredited course for the Center for Energy Workforce Development; and STEM Transitions, an ED-funded initiative that created project-based learning modules integrating science, math, and workforce content.

State Projects

Under contract to the Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition (SOIC), CORD led a regional career pathways development project for southwestern Oklahoma, funded by a U.S. Department of Labor Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) grant. SOIC is a collaboration of five colleges and universities, two economic development planning districts, and the twenty counties of southwestern Oklahoma. The focus of the project was to develop career pathway models for four targeted industries: manufacturing, healthcare, utilities, and simulations. Major project activities included developing and conducting industry-specific forums with CEOs in the region to determine perceived workforce needs, both current and future; developing and conducting career pathways visioning sessions with educators and community service partners to share data from the industry sector forums, provide an overview of career pathways, and identify support services; developing career ladders for twelve high-demand occupations; conducting professional development for educators; and developing a regional implementation plan for career pathways. The project is serving as a model for career pathways pilot sites in other regions of the state.

Florida Career Pathways Technical Assistance
The Florida Adult Education Career Pathways (AECP) project was a joint initiative of the Florida Department of Education and the Adult & Community Educators of Florida. CORD was contracted to research regional economies for career cluster demand, develop content for adult career pathways workshops, and deliver eight workshops throughout the state of Florida aligned with Florida’s Regional Training Councils. The workshops supported Florida’s eight areas of AECP focus including program design, curriculum and instruction, professional development, student support, assessment, partnerships, marketing, and accountability. A follow-on project produced an online toolkit that addresses essentials of career pathways, partnership development strategies, model frameworks, funding strategies, effective advisory committees, college and career readiness, and forms/resources customizable for local use.

Southwest Virginia Career Pathways Regional Project
Through a grant from the Virginia Community College System (funded by the Ford Foundation), Southwest Virginia Community College, the Southwest Virginia Workforce Investment Board, and regional partners collaborated over a 12-month period on the Southwest Virginia Career Pathways Partnership project. Guided by CORD staff, the partners implemented a three-stage project that defined systematic steps and constructed tools for the establishment of career pathways in the energy sector. Stage 1 involved conducting industry forums with energy employers to determine current and future workforce needs and partnering opportunities. Stage 2 included facilitating collaboration sessions with educators and community-based organizations to identify programmatic and support services challenges, opportunities, roles, and resources. Stage 3 included developing career ladders and conducting work team sessions to identify next steps for implementation.

**Weave in Transformations and Manufacturing Workforce Collaborative
Transformations, an integrated academic and workforce bridge program; the Manufacturing Workforce Collaborative’s Necessary Skills Now employability skills curriculum; Energy Industry Fundamentals, an ANSI-accredited course for the Center for Energy Workforce Development; and STEM Transitions, an ED-funded initiative that created project-based learning modules integrating science, math, and workforce content

Federal project support
Designing Instruction for Career Pathways

In partnership with Kratos Learning, CORD staff supported major components of the recently completed ED-OVAE initiative Designing Instruction for Career Pathways. CORD staff served as developers of ACP News, a bi-monthly e-newsletter highlighting state efforts in adult career pathways. The CORD team was also responsible for identifying, gathering, and vetting contextually based instructional resources for inclusion in an online collection of curriculum for adult career pathways programs; developing content for online professional development courses (Developing Effective Bridge Programs, Designing Contextualized Instruction, and Engaging Employers in Adult Career Pathways), developing the issue brief Engaging Employers in Adult Career Pathways, and designing a regional professional development workshop to train faculty to design contextualized instruction. **Emphasize regional training workshop content and delivery

Moving Pathways Forward

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Leadership Initiatives (NCPN, Career Pathways (orange), CP Effect book, ACP book)
Formerly the National Tech Prep Network, NCPN provides leadership and resources for secondary and postsecondary educators, employers, and community leaders. NCPN provides a means of networking for new and existing programs in Tech Prep, Career Pathways, Career Clusters, and Career Technical Education. NCPN’s annual conference is consistently rated one of the most important professional development resources for access to programs and practitioners by its attendees. NCPN members are committed to helping students make smooth educational transitions—from secondary to postsecondary to rewarding careers