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Networks and Conferences

For decades, CORD has led education reform efforts by engaging educators, employers, and policymakers in professional networking opportunities. Our ability to help groups attain mutually beneficial goals through professional learning communities, convenings, and conferences are why many organizations rely on CORD for network and conference support.

Examples of these professional support activities includes CORD’s leadership of The National Career Pathways Network (established by CORD as the National Tech Prep Network in 1991), management of HI-TEC, the High-Impact Technology Exchange Conference, an event of the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program, and management of COMBASE, a network of community college presidents dedicated to sharing innovative solutions to meet the challenges of our nation’s rapidly changing economy. In creating clearinghouses of best practices, convening practitioner groups through conferences and seminars, and building partnerships between educators and employers, CORD’s expertise in aggregating resources and building advocacy for important workforce development issues is ever-expanding.

National Career Pathways Network (NCPN)

NCPN provides leadership and resources for secondary and postsecondary educators, employers, and community leaders. NCPN provides a means of networking for new and existing programs in Career Pathways, Career Clusters, and Career Technical Education. NCPN’s annual conference is consistently rated one of the most important professional development resources for access to programs and practitioners by its attendees. NCPN members are committed to helping students make smooth educational transitions—from secondary to postsecondary to rewarding careers. Visit the NCPN website.

High-Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC)

CORD manages HI-TEC, a national conference on advanced technological education where technical educators, counselors, industry professionals, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with educating America’s technical workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy. HI-TEC is supported by a consortium of National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education centers and projects as well as corporate and industry partners. CORD manages the HI-TEC conference, providing event and marketing management, website support, conference registration services, and collateral production. Visit the HI-TEC website.