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The following issues will be Addressed at the 2019 Western pathways Conference.

If you want to recommend an additional topic for consideration, please submit a brief description of that topic and a reason why it would be appropriate for this Conference.

Email us at globalpathways@asu.edu.

Promoting career literacy

College and career readiness

Dual credit programs

Rural issues

Polytechnic schools

The role of workforce boards

Social/ Emotional skills

Individual learning plans


Competency-based pathways

Work-based learning

State pathways systems


Gender Equity

Career and Technical Education

The role of technology


School accountability systems

Stackable credentials

The role of business

Pre-Conference Activities

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Field Trips (4 Options)

Wednesday, May 8th | 8:30am-12:30pm

Cost: $35 Includes Transportation and Lunch

Tour the Innovation Quadrant: The Future Economy in Action


Tour Oregon’s hotbed for companies in life sciences, medical devices, and digital health. The Innovation Quadrant is fueled by collaboration across public and private sector partners that catalyzes innovation and propels regional economic development. The first signs of this emerging collaborative ecosystem have already materialized. They include signature projects like the OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building, a joint project among OHSU, Oregon State University, and Portland State University. The field trip will include a site visit and presentation on this approach to economic development.

Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center

Travel to Scappoose in Columbia County to visit the new 33,800 sq. ft. Oregon Manufacturing Center. Learn about this collaborative effort between industry, higher education and government where the focus is developing new tools, techniques and technologies to address near-term manufacturing challenges through applied research and advanced technical training.

Nike-AVID Partnership at Parkrose High School


Learn how NIKE, an Oregon-based Fortune 100 company partnered with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) a national educational non-profit to impact more than 100 schools across Oregon. While visiting Parkrose High School, a diverse campus and district where 73% of students receive a free or reduced lunch, you will have the chance to interact with students and faculty and learn how NIKE executives served as coaches to help inspire educators as they prepared their students for college and careers in the 21st century.

Career-Connected Learning in Action: Youth, Diverse Populations and Innovation

In this site visit, you will learn about how Oregon is creating apprenticeships that target underserved populations and connect them with employers in high-demand, growth industries.  You will hear how this required innovation from industry and education partners as well as collaboration from the workforce system.  Participants will travel via a cutting-edge tramway to the hilltop location of Oregon Health & Science University with a breathtaking view of Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood. Participants will tour OHSU where they will observe a simulated robotic assist surgery, tele-surgery, and/or other cutting-edge technology.

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nC3t Workshop:

Wednesday, May 8th | 8:30AM-12:30PM

Cost: $60 includes workshop, lunch, and book (The power and promise of pathways)


To develop a local or regional Pathways System, leaders from education, business and community-based organizations come together to explore and build common vision and action strategies for career-connected learning. During this special pre-Conference workshop, Hans Meeder from the National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T.com) will help you understand the essential tools and processes to get a pathways initiative started or re-booted. This session focuses on identifying the six key components of a pathways system, uncovering local assets and gaps, assessing regional workforce needs, forming a community-wide leadership structure, framing a comprehensive career development model, creating meaningful pathway programs of study, engaging the business community, and developing an actionable phase-by-phase plan for implementation. There will also be a special section of the workshop devoted to state leadership policy and strategies to foster and support local pathways coalitions. 

State Team Luncheon

Wednesday, May 8th | 12:00PM-1:00PM

This time is an opportunity for State Teams to meet before the Conference Opening Session. Available to State Team members only.

What is a State Team?

State Teams work collectively and collaboratively to develop a State Action Plan for improving education and workforce development. These plans must be realistic and achievable and will be revisited in future conferences to check on progress made. State Team members are key stakeholders in the state, including, but not limited to, leaders from chambers of commerce, workforce boards, universities, community colleges, Governor’s staff, Education Committee chairs, industry associations, school districts, foundations, nonprofits, etc. State Teams coordinate prior to the Conference, develop their State Action Plan during the Conference, and maintain momentum after the Conference by working together to implement the action items.

How do I become a State Team member?

To get connected to your state’s existing team or to start your own, please contact William Symonds at william.symonds@asu.edu.

Preliminary Schedule

As details for the program are confirmed, they will be published here.