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CORD offers a broad range of professional development workshops for educators and other career pathways stakeholders. Workshops can be delivered at your location in single-day, multiple-day, or hybrid formats combining face-to-face and online instruction. Below is a sampling of our most-requested workshops. All can be customized for your state or local needs. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, just ask. We can combine topics or create a new workshop that will meet your professional development goals. For more information, email

Career Pathways Leadership (CPL) Certification

studentsIf you are involved in career technical education, adult education, counseling, corrections, or workforce development and your duties have expanded to include Career Pathways, we invite you and your team to join us for an introduction to Career Pathways and an evaluation of where you are and what your next steps should be. CORD's CPL workshops are offered in winter and summer through the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN). Learn more about CPL Certification.

Introduction to Career Pathways
An introductory workshop designed to be the catalyst for the development and implementation of a career pathways system. The workshop is based on the Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education's Programs of Study (POS) Design Framework.

Introduction to Contextual Teaching and Learning
Contextual teaching strategies are especially appropriate for courses in career-oriented curricula because they present academic concepts within the context of careers and real-world experiences. This workshop explores contextual learning, learning styles, multiple intelligences, the five essential forms of learning, and steps for implementing contextual teaching strategies.

Introduction to Adult Career Pathways
This one-day workshop is designed to help community college administrators, faculty, and staff find solutions to problems that prevent many adults from obtaining the education that today’s workplace demands. The workshop challenges a broad spectrum of community college personnel to work together in providing leadership for ACP systems. Many practical strategies and examples are shared. The session includes background information and statistics, active discussion, and group work in which participants begin to develop their own ACP plans.

The Counselor’s Role in a Career Pathways System
This highly interactive one-day workshop helps counselors and career advisors take a fresh look at the critical roles they play in their regions’ economic and workforce development. Agenda items include: global economies, labor market needs, education and economic development connections, the counselor’s role in promoting self- and career awareness in grades K–5, the counselor’s role in encouraging career exploration (6–8), the counselor’s role in assisting students in career preparation (9–14), and understanding the differing needs of adult learners. Workshop participants learn about career pathways implementation and develop implementation plans for their institutions.

Designing Programs of Study
This workshop addresses the POS design process, equipping your toolbox with the nuts and bolts of Career Pathways (career clusters, POS framework), delivery system models (dual enrollment, middle college, apprenticeships), implementation plan development, case studies, communication strategies, technical skill attainment/evaluation, and capacity analysis.

Building Partnerships
A career pathways system requires multiple partnerships within a community. Workshop topics include partnership advantages, partner identification, goal setting, model structures, partner roles and responsibilities, action plan development, partnership management—operating and sustaining.

Reinvigorating Business/Industry Advisory Committees in a Career Pathways System
This workshop focuses on the need for effective partnerships between educational institutions and employers. The workplace knowledge and resources provided by committee members helps to ensure that career pathways programs reflect the needs and current conditions of the workplace and that program graduates are capable of performing in the occupations for which they have trained. This workshop prepares faculty members and administrators to select, work with, and make use of advisory committees in career pathways systems. Topics include: talking to the customer; the role of advisory committees; advisory committees and Perkins IV; joint secondary and postsecondary advisory committees; governance, policy, and structure; advisory council functions; planning a program of work; communication and meetings; beyond the meeting; using communication technologies; and sustainability and special considerations. This workshop follows the NCPN Advisory Committee toolkit.

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