National Center for College and Career Transitions

Every Learner with a Dream and a Plan

The National Center for College and Career Transitions, or NC3T, has a twofold mission: “Every Learner with a Dream and a Plan, and Every Community with a Capable, Ready Workforce.” The organization works to connect schools, postsecondary institutions, and employers in order to introduce students to the array of options available to them, and to help them prepare for the types of opportunities for which they are best suited.

NC3T provides planning, coaching, technical assistance and tools to help community-based leadership teams plan and implement their college-career pathway systems.

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Pathways System Design

NC3T assists communities, regions, and states in planning and designing comprehensive career and college pathway systems. Our highly experienced team guides clients through the entire process from developing a vision, building key stakeholder relationships, and implementing your plan.

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Partnership Tools & Training

Effective CTE and college/career pathways programs require strong and sustainable employer partnerships to inform instruction and help students make real-world connections. NC3T’s resources, workshops, and coaching can help.

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NC3T has published several books to support your pathways planning and implementation. Our latest book, The Power and Promise of Pathways by Hans Meeder is now available and promises to be the go-to resource for forward thinking educators seeking to develop or expand a pathways system. Learn about this book here.

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The highly anticipated Pathways guide book by Hans Meeder is now available to order.

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What’s New

Webinar: Building Apprenticeships in Pennsylvania, ONLINE – March 22, 2018 (1 – 1:45 pm EST)
Interest is growing in apprenticeships, an employer-led, multi-year work-based learning model that is being used to help students become fully-qualified professionals in hundreds of different occupations. Join Brett Pawlowski and Hans Meeder of NC3T for this FREE webinar as they introduce a new guide covering the following topics: · Apprenticeships 101: Their defining characteristics and the value of having registered apprenticeships; · Other WBL Options: The role of internships, co-ops, and other forms of work-based learning; · Application: Hear about the hundreds of careers appropriate for apprenticing; · Making the Case: How to encourage employers to host apprentices; · Developing apprenticeships: The steps to building an apprenticeship program.

Workshop: Future Ready Students – Work-Based Learning, Newtown, PA – March 20, 2018
Conducted by NC3T on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Career and Technical Education. The workshop will be led by Dr. Joann Hudak, former Asst. Superintendent for the Wallenpaupack Area School District.

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Leadership Forum: Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, New Kensington, PA  – March 14, 2018
This two-hour Leadership Forum is an opportunity to explore a collaborative approach to building a career pathways system that positively impacts youth and the community. With funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education, NC3T is facilitating a limited number of Leadership Forums this spring. As a result of previous forums, four communities in Pennsylvania are making great progress in designing and implementing a regional pathways system. This is an invitation-only meeting, but to learn more about hosting one, please see link below.

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Workshop: Building and Designing Integrated College and Career Pathway Systems, New Haven, CT – March 12, 2018
The Capitol Region Education Council in New Haven, invited Hans Meeder to conduct a workshop as a professional learning opportunity open to high school teams desiring to implement a pathways approach in Career and Technical Education.

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