The NOCTI Board of Trustees held its semi-annual winter board meeting in early December at ACTE's CareerTech VISION conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Our meeting was an opportunity for the Board to reflect on this past year as well as discuss and develop plans for NOCTI’s future. Once again, the ACTE staff did a superb job hosting this outstanding conference. It is always refreshing to get together with colleagues, make new friends, and discuss Career and Technical Education (CTE). NOCTI delivered several presentations during the conference, sponsored a pre-conference, and had a strong presence at the CareerTech Expo with two exhibits, one for NOCTI and one for Nocti Business Solutions. 2017 marked the third year of NOCTI hosting the “Credential Corner” which included 14 of our industry association certification partners.
I am happy to say that, at this writing, 2017 has the potential to be the strongest in NOCTI’s history. Over the past year we developed many new partnerships, updated and revised several assessments, and presented at several conferences across the nation. We continue to expand our collaboration with the Asia Society, a relationship that helps to strengthen all of our credentials. They have aided in adding questions regarding global competencies to our 21st Century Skills for Workplace Success credential. We have also partnered with the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) in launching a student-level certification complete with digital badges. Another strong partner is the American Culinary Federation (ACF), which is now sponsoring a pilot program for certification of non-ACF approved schools. Collaborations like these helped NOCTI have an outstanding 2017.
Looking forward to 2018, we are planning new events and hope to develop many new partnerships. Planning is underway for our first NOCTI Credential Summit! Watch our website, newsletters, and social media for more details. We are also planning to expand our webinar series this coming year and will release several new and updated skill credentials. We are continuing to work with a number of states in the development of custom assessments and credentials too. With all this past success and planning for the future, it has been a real pleasure to serve my first of two years as your NOCTI board chair!
We continue to enjoy hearing from the field to ensure that we stay current with the topics and trends occurring in CTE. We are looking forward to an exciting 2018 and appreciate your continued support!
Chairman, NOCTI Board of Trustees
In October 2017, the NOCTI Consortium of States re-elected Mr. Russell Weikle, President of Russell Weikle Education Consulting in Rocklin, California, and Dr. Delmas Watkins, CTE Director at DeKalb County School District in Stone Mountain, Georgia, for a second term on the NOCTI Board of Trustees.
Mr. Russell Weikle has served on the NOCTI Board of Trustees as a member of the executive committee, both as past vice-chairman and currently as Chairman of the Board for the past year. Mr. Weikle’s knowledge and experience within CTE has been an asset to the NOCTI board.
Dr. Delmas Watkins has served on the NOCTI Board of Trustees for four years and is currently a member of the executive committee, serving as treasurer. Dr. Watkins co-authored the first book in the new series of ACTE/NOCTI books, CTE Administrative Leadership: 10 Things to Know in Your First Year, along with Dr. Clyde Hornberger and Dr. John Foster.
Dr. Watkins’ expertise in educational administration, his military background, and his knowledge of CTE have all been great additions to the NOCTI board.
We are pleased to have Mr. Weikle and Dr. Watkins continuing in their role with the NOCTI Board of Trustees!
NOCTI’s Executive Committee consists of a dedicated team of educators. The 2018 executive committee members with a term ending December 31, 2018 include Mr. Russell Weikle, President of Russell Weikle Education Consulting in Rocklin, California serving as Chairman; Dr. Michele McFarlane, Registrar at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho serving as the Vice Chairman; Dr. Dennis Harden, Coordinator of Career and Technical Education at Missouri Department of Education in Jefferson City, Missouri serving as Secretary; and Dr. Delmas Watkins, CTE Director at DeKalb County School District in Stone Mountain, Georgia serving as Treasurer.