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CORD Overview

The Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to leading change in education. Since 1979, we have created educational tools and innovative programs to empower faculty and prepare students for greater success in careers and higher education.

For example, CORD has: students

  • Partnered with consortia from all 50 states to develop the pioneering contextual academic curriculum series CORD Applied Mathematics, Applications in Biology/Chemistry, and Principles of Technology.
  • Established national networks for educational improvement and innovation such as the National Tech Prep Network (now the National Career Pathways Network) and the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers.
  • Trained thousands of teachers from the United States and ten other countries in contextual teaching and learning strategies.
  • Developed dozens of advanced technology curricula and extensive training materials for community colleges and industry.
  • Developed a unique system for creating integrated curriculum built on academic, industry, and employability standards.

CORD receives financial support for its work from varied sources such as the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, the National Science Foundation, corporate foundations, community college systems, state departments of education, and school districts.

To help communities and states achieve their educational goals, CORD partners with faculty and administrators to develop solutions that address specific challenges. We offer a spectrum of services spanning five major areas:

  • Curriculum Development Services
  • Professional Development Programs
  • Center and Network Coordination
  • Career Pathways Advocacy
  • International Outreach

We invite you to learn more about how CORD is assisting educators across the country and around the globe.