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Embracing and Promoting the Career-Connected Learning Movement

Career Academies represent a high intensity/high return approach to supporting students with career-connected learning opportunities. 

But career academies, for many reasons, can appear daunting to implement on a school-wide or district-wide basis.  By offering career academies as the only reform strategy, we may be inadvertently excluding students from real-world, career-connected learning opportunities that will connect them to meaningful and well-paying jobs.

It is time to expand our reach and to embrace and promote a broader approach to education – Career-Connected Learning -- that can touch every child, at all grade levels. 

At the 2018 NCAC conference, NCAC is offering a special half-day working session for communities who want to learn how to embrace and promote Career-Connected Learning for every student.  Hans Meeder, author of The Power and Promise of Pathways and President of NC3T, will facilitate this three-and a half hour workshop.

During the session, we will:

  • Explore compelling data and trends that argue for the benefits of career-connected learning;
  • Review case studies from school districts and communities that are adopting the career-connected learning model;
  • Discuss how to use the Pathways System Framework to organize and focus the work, both within individual schools as well as with a regional coalition;
  • Develop key messages and communications strategies to build momentum for career-connected learning.

DETAILS:  The cost of workshop participation is $35 in addition to standard conference registration.  You can select participation in the workshop on your conference registration form. Each workshop participant will receive a copy of the “Power and Promise of Pathways” as part of the registration.   In order to provide an optimum learning experience, participation is limited.  Please register early.


Who is Hans Meeder?

Hans Meeder is co-founder and President of the National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T). The National Center for College and Career Transitions is a mission driven organization with the purpose of communicating the urgency and benefit of the Pathways model, and developing the capacity of local leaders to take action on a Pathways System agenda.

Mr. Meeder has an extensive and varied career in education and workforce policy and government leadership, with an emphasis on high school redesign, career and technical education, and workforce quality. Prior to his work with NC3T, Meeder was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education.  Other roles have included Director of the 21st Century CTE Leadership Initiative, Senior Vice President for Workforce Development and Postsecondary Learning at the National Alliance of Business, Executive Director of the 21st Century Workforce Commission, and Education Policy and Outreach Director for the House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Hans lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife Lisa, with whom he raised and launched four adult children. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s University College.

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