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Message from President/CEO John Foster

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 Message from President/CEO John Foster

Welcome to 2016!!!  I hope all of our readers have had the chance to spend some time with family and friends over the holidays!  2016 is an especially significant year for us because it represents our 50th year of service to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) community!  This is normally a time when people feel nostalgic and look back over their accomplishments of the previous year, or even the last 50 years.  While we appreciate our past, we'd rather focus on the future and all of the great collaborations and partnerships we see on the horizon.

For us, the future is about supplying the CTE community with credible data to help it advance, getting more students interested in learning and advancing and finally, about forming meaningful partnerships.  Speaking of partnerships, I'm proud to announce the addition of two ad hoc board members.  I'm sure these are names that our readers will recognize:  Kimberly Green, executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education consortium (NASDCTEc) and LeAnn Wilson, executive director of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).  You can find their bios online on their respective websites.  Collectively, they bring the insights of two of the largest organizations serving our community.  LeAnn and Kim were present at our board meeting that took place at ACTE CareerTech VISION 2015 and have already made significant contributions to our leadership.

The NOCTI board also chose to add a third ad hoc board member, former board chair, Dr. Clyde Hornberger.  Clyde has been instrumental in helping our board craft its future vision and has represented NOCTI in multiple states over the past several years.  Clyde has been a strong advocate of involving employers in our schools and in helping schools show employers the benefits of individual competency data.  He brings many strengths to our board and we just couldn't let him go!

We would also like to thank those of you who took time to stop by our booth at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2015.  We experienced several firsts at this conference this year.  NOCTI sponsored its highest number of partner presentations—eleven in all covering topics such as digital badges, the National Academy Foundation (NAF) and the International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP). We even included a workshop on designing good questions for credentialing exams.  Another first was the unveiling of the "Credential Corner."  The Credential Corner incorporated eight of NOCTI's industry credentialing partners, providing a one-stop location for industry credentials.  This year's partners were AMCA (American Medical Certification Association), ETA (Electronics Technicians Association), ISA (International Sign Association), MSSC (Manufacturing Skill Standards Council), NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), NBS (Nocti Business Solutions), PHCC (Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association), and SpaceTEC. We've already committed to an even larger space next year, so if you're interested in being one of our partners, please send along your company contact information via nocti@nocti.org.

We were also pleased to see so many of you in attendance at our annual reception. This year's reception was highlighted by three very talented and dedicated CTE professionals who were recipients of the 2015 C. Thomas Olivo Outstanding Service award and Carl J. Schaefer Memorial award, named after two of NOCTI's founding fathers. This year's awardees were:

  • C. Thomas Olivo Outstanding Service Award - Scott Rogers, Assistant Director at York County School of Technology
  • Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award CTE Teacher - Steven Bross, Commercial Art Instructor at Central Montco Technical High School
  • Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award CTE Teacher Candidate - Mindi Tobias, Dental Assistant Instructor at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology

You can find more information about the awardees within this newsletter. If you would like to nominate someone for one of the above awards for 2016, please contact Sherry Hayes at sherry.hayes@nocti.org for information.

We would be remiss if we didn't mention that our second new teacher book is scheduled to be available later this month.  This book was developed through a partnership with ACTE similar to our first book, "Your First Year in CTE: 10 Things You Need to Know" and our original book on using data, "Putting Your Data to Work".  The title of the new book is "Your First Year in CTE: 10 More Things To Know," and it is full of great examples from our field!  You may soon purchase the book listed above on ACTE's website.

Thanks to another partnership with ACTE, we have also delivered just short of 500 professional development digital badges.  These badges are awarded to teachers who have completed ACTE’s Core Curriculum 101 and developed common core integrated lesson plans.

I was excited to be part of the International Day of Badges sponsored by Open Badges in Higher Education a few months ago.  For those of you who may be on the fence about the acceptance of digital badges as a transparent tool for recognizing individual competency, consider that NOCTI is currently working with at least six industry associations to recognize competence.  Among those organizations are groups like the International Sign Association, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. If you're interested in offering digital badges, please contact us at nocti@nocti.org.

I almost forgot to mention another significant accomplishment!  Both NOCTI and its sister company NBS were awarded the International Certification Accreditation Council certificate indicating that both companies have met the rigorous standards of ISO 17024 - the only international standard for credential providers.  You can find out more about the certification on ICAC's website.

We have several new credentials, affiliations, and products planned to help our community demonstrate just how competent the American workforce is, but you'll have to follow us on social media or read our newsletters to find out more.  Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

On behalf of the NOCTI staff, our Board, and our Consortium of States, I sincerely hope you had the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends and that you started the new year invigorated and ready to continue the great work we do in CTE.  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, 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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