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 Message from President/CEO John Foster

Fall seems to be the time for the start of new things; maybe I feel this way because I’ve spent my life in the field of education, and fall marks the beginning of a new school year. This fall in particular holds some new beginnings for me personally, including the planning of my youngest son’s wedding and assisting my oldest son in building his first “tiny” house. We at NOCTI hope this fall provides you the opportunity for new growth as well.

In 2016, we had a year-long celebration of our 50th year serving the CTE community. While we’ve passed that milestone, we certainly didn’t let any grass grow under our feet in 2017. Let me share a few of the new things we’ve been involved in so far this year.

In a few weeks, we’ll be participating in ACTE’s Best Practices Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico where we will be presenting "What Every Administrator Needs to Know" at the pre-conference on September 27. This is noteworthy because we and our friends at ACTE are in the final stages of completing a new book series titled, Your First Year in CTE Administration: 10 Things to Know. This new series follows our three-book series focused on becoming a new CTE teacher. Speaking of books, please don’t forget about our first publication, Putting your Data to Work: Improving Instruction in CTE. This is the only book in the market that provides useful tools and tips for using technical competency data as the first step in improving instruction.

ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2017 is host to NOCTI’s Credential Corner again this year! If you or your school need information about credentials, this is the place to be! Look for the large overhead sign and colored carpet in Nashville, Tennessee. We expect to have at least 12 different credential providers on site this year. Also at VISION 2017, we will be collaborating with eight additional partners to deliver professional development content through concurrent sessions. And, don’t forget about our two pre-conference sessions. There will be one focused on the teacher book series mentioned earlier and the other is entitled “Credential Coordination” which will offer an in-depth look at the NOCTI program and how you can leverage the credentials offered through NOCTI for college credit, digital badges, and national recognition. All of our presentations can be found in ACTE's CareerTech VISION program schedule and further in this newsletter.

One of the partner presentations mentioned above will provide an update regarding the great work being done by a group called the Credential Engine (CE). CE’s goal is to catalog the thousands of available credentials. More importantly, it will provide a large variety of filters that will enable credential consumers to compare the quality and value of numerous types of certifications, licenses, degrees, and badges. NOCTI and our sister company Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) are members of the foundational CE team. We serve on both the Certification and Licensure Advisory Group (CLAG) and the Technical Advisory Group (TAC). Attend our presentation, "The Transparency Credentialing Initiative: What You Should Know" at ACTE's CareerTech VISION to learn more about CE and the progress we have made.

Since we mentioned collaborations, we are very excited about our new collaboration with SME (formerly the Society of Manufacturing Engineers). Very soon, we will be rolling out an additive manufacturing credential for our secondary and post-secondary CTE manufacturing students. SME is the latest industry association to form a collaboration with NOCTI. Check out some of our other collaborations with industry leaders like ETA, NATE, and ABYC.

I also want to draw your attention to one of our own internal initiatives focused on alternate delivery options for the NOCTI study guides. For many years, NOCTI has provided paper versions of its study guides. The study guides are designed to help students acquire NOCTI credentials, and for teachers to be able to focus their instruction on the national industry standards NOCTI provides. Later this fall we will be rolling out an online version of these study guides which includes tools for students and teachers to track progress across the technical competencies. Watch for details to be coming soon!

A few newsletters ago I mentioned some alignment work that had occurred between NOCTI’s 21st Century Skills for Workplace Success assessment and Today’s Class Workplace Readiness online curriculum. Another important alignment associated with this credential is the alignment to OCTAE’s Employability Skills Framework as well as ETA’s competency modeling system. To learn more about the Workplace Readiness modules offered through Today’s Class, visit the Today's Class website.

With the start of a new school year, NOCTI will be participating in a number of fall conferences as well as conducting a few “collaboration visits.” These visits bring together representatives from both NOCTI and NBS and education and business partners. These visits are hosted by a community college or WIOA organization and help familiarize local businesses with the CTE community. We will be hosting meetings in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin this year. Watch for updates on specific locations and times.

On behalf of the NOCTI staff, our Board, and our Consortium of States, I sincerely hope you have the opportunity to attend one of our sessions, or stop by our booth in Nashville at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2017. Also, remember to take time to think about the important role each of us plays in growing the workforce. As always, if you have an idea about a new service or product that you would like NOCTI to offer, if you’d like to be involved in a “collaboration visit,” or have other suggestions or questions for us, please email nocti@nocti.org.

Thank you for trusting NOCTI to deliver the quality assessments, comprehensive test data, and professional development needed to help improve your programs. We look forward to continued service to the CTE community and are anxious to show you how we can meet your needs!

John Foster
NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions

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