Welcome to 2017!!! I hope all of our readers had the chance to spend some time with family and friends over the holidays! Speaking of family and friends, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the groups and individuals who took the time to visit with us at our 50-year reception and for those who provided all the great comments and tributes to us throughout this year. Our 50th year really has been a time where we found even more ways to provide service to the CTE community. We hope you’ll continue to read about some of them in this newsletter!
Regular newsletter readers know that last year we added three very strong advocates in the CTE community to our Board of Trustees—Kimberly Green, executive director of Advance CTE, LeAnn Wilson, executive director of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), and Dr. Clyde Hornberger, educational consultant. Dr. Greg Belcher, Director of Kansas Center for CTE at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President of Gateway Technical College in Wisconsin completed their second-term on the NOCTI Board of Trustees. Dr. Albrecht has served fifteen years on the board after being re-elected to the board in 2009. We would like to thank Bryan and Greg for their tremendous service to our consortium and to our board! On January 1, 2017 we welcomed two new board members—Dr. Peggy Kennedy, President and CEO of Minnesota State Community and Technical College and Dr. Michael Harvey, Professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. On behalf of NOCTI and the NOCTI Board of Trustees, we would like to welcome Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Harvey to the board.
We would also like to thank those of you who took time to stop by our booth at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2016. NOCTI sponsored eleven sessions and two pre-sessions this year. We also sponsored the Credential Corner, which saw an increase in the number of certification bodies (all collaborating with or delivering through NOCTI). The Credential Corner incorporated ten of NOCTI's industry partners, providing a one-stop location for attendees to learn more about industry credentials. This year's partners were AMCA (American Medical Certification Association), ALI (Automotive Lift Institute), ETA (Electronics Technicians Association), HBI (Home Builders Institute), ISA (International Sign Association), MSSC (Manufacturing Skill Standards Council), NBS (Nocti Business Solutions), NHA (National Healthcareer Association), PMIEF (Project Management Institute Educational Foundation), and SpaceTEC. We have again committed to an even larger space next year, so if you are interested in being one of our partners, please send your company contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were 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 2016 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 - Erick Lehet, Instructional Coach Technical Skill Assessment Coordinator at Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center, White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
- Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award CTE Teacher - Kathleen Overholt, Nursing Instructor, Elkhart Area Career Center, Elkhart, Indiana.
- Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award CTE Teacher Candidate - Justin Kuban, HVAC-R Instructor, Steel Center for Career and Technical Education, Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania.
If you would like to nominate someone for one of the above awards for 2017, please contact Sherry Hayes at email@example.com for information.
We would be remiss if we didn't mention that our third new teacher book is tentatively scheduled to be available in March of 2017. This book was developed through a partnership with ACTE similar to our first three books, Your First Year in CTE: 10 Things to Know, Your First Year in CTE: 10 MORE Things to Know, and our original book on using data, Putting Your Data to Work. The title of the new book is Beyond Your First Year in CTE: 10 Additional Things to Know, and like the others, it is full of great examples from our field! You may purchase any of the books listed above on ACTE's website.
One of our presentations at VISION 2016 highlighted our new partnership with West Virginia’s CTE program which includes an innovative “Simulated Workplace" initiative. West Virginia hopes to be using national assessment data to empower their students, a bit of a new twist on data-driven improvement. Learn more about this unique program!
Watch for some upcoming announcements about a new initiative underway to offer the NOCTI study guides through a web-based application. We will also be announcing some new curriculum collaborations that link directly to the NOCTI national blueprints. We also have come up with a way to recognize true technical excellence, stay tuned for information there too.
Another significant note for those of you interested in technical credentialing and assessment is that both NOCTI and its sister company Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) are involved in the national “Credential Engine” initiative (formerly the Credentialing Transparency Initiative). We have been engaged from the beginning and hope that it provides the transparency that credential earners and employers are seeking. Check out this resource! I’d also like to report that NOCTI/NBS has been asked to serve on the advisory committee for that group.
As in the past few years, we again have several new credentials, affiliations, and products planned to help our community demonstrate just how competent the American workforce is. Following us on social media and reading our newsletters will ensure you stay current with our continuous outreach. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
On behalf of the NOCTI staff, our Board of Trustees, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for trusting NOCTI to deliver the quality credentialing 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!
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