Professional Learning

Career Academy Leaders' Collaborative

Program Overview 

Participants develop adaptive leadership capacity for effective, high quality, and equitable implementation of the career academy model with fidelity to the National Standards of Practice for Career Academies (NSOP). The program consists of a year-long fellowship built on three in-person workshops and on-going virtual support. NCAC's vision for the Career Academy Leaders Collaborative is to develop leadership capacity to grow school-community networks that harness the power of collective impact, ultimately improving the economic and life chances of all youth. 

The Collaborative

The Career Academy Leaders' Collaborative will be supported by a partnership between two organizations: 

Intended Participants

The Fellowship offers individual school and/or district leaders a thorough grounding in the NSOP,  leadership assistance, and methods for understanding  and overcoming implementation challenges.  Registration of leadership teams is encouraged; these could include teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, school and district administrators, and advisory board members.

Program Goals

NCAC Fellows will:

  • Master Adaptive Leadership skills and methods for understanding and overcoming implementation challenges including buy-in.

  • Develop expert knowledge of the ten National Standards of Practice for effective, high quality career academies.

  • Receive access to a collection of templates and samples of best practices from Model Academies.

  • Communicate a compelling vision for their school(s) and academy(ies) for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Cost per participant is $4,000.

In order to receive your certificate, Fellows are required to attend all three in-person meetings.



Mainland US: Three In-Person Sessions:

  • Omaha, Nebraska: Beginning 3 pm on August 31 through noon on September 2nd

  • Atlanta, Georgia: Beginning 3 pm November 12th through noon on November 14th 

  • Polk County, Florida: Beginning 3 pm February 22nd through noon on February 24th 2023 

  • Registration for the Mainland US is closed.  If you have any questions, please contact Connie Majka (


Hawaii: Three In-Person Sessions:

  • Waipahu High School, Waipahu, HI: September 28 - 29, 2022

  • Waiakea High School, Waiakea, HI: November 30 - December 1, 2022

  • Pearl City High School, Pearl City, HI: March 6 - 7, 2023