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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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State Team Luncheon

Wed, 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.

Field Trips

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

Cost: $35 Includes Transportation and Lunch

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.


Field Trip #3’s details are being confirmed, when details are available they will be posted here and in the registration site.

nC3t Workshop:

Wed, 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. 

Preliminary Schedule

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

Day One: “Identifying the Issue”

11:00 am- 6:00 pm  Conference check-in open

  1:30 pm- 3:00 pm  Opening session

  3:00 pm- 3:30 pm   Break

  3:30 pm- 5:00 pm   Plenary session

  5:00 pm- 6:00 pm   Networking reception

  6:00 pm- 8:00 pm   Oregon Dinner

Day Two: “Exemplary Programs”

  7:30 am-  5:00 pm   Conference check-in open

  7:30 am-  8:00 am  State team meetings

  7:30 am-  8:15 am    Networking coffee service

  8:15 am-  9:45 am    Breakfast with keynote(s)

  9:45 am- 10:00 am   Break

10:00 am- 10:45 am   Breakout panels and interactive discussions

10:45 am- 11:00 am    Break

11:00 am- 11:45 am    Breakout panels and interactive discussions

11:45 am- 12:00 pm    Break

12:00 pm-   1:30 pm    Lunch with keynote(s)

  1:30 pm-   1:45 pm    Break

  1:45 pm-   2:30 pm   Breakout panels and interactive discussions

  2:30 pm-   2:45 pm   Break

  2:45 pm-   3:30 pm   Breakout panels and interactive discussions

  3:30 pm-   4:00 pm   Break with snacks

  4:00 pm-   5:00 pm   Roundtable sessions

  5:30 pm-   9:00 pm   Evening activities away from hotel

including invitation-only VIP Reception

for partners, sponsors and speakers

Day Three: “Advancing the Cause: Next Steps”

   7:30 am- 12:00 pm  Conference check-in open

  7:30 am-  8:00 am   State team meetings

  7:30 am-  8:15 am   Networking coffee service

  8:15 am-   9:45 am  Breakfast with keynote(s)

  9:45 am- 10:00 am  Break

10:00 am- 10:45 am  Interactive sessions

10:45 am- 11:00 am  Break

11:00 am- 11:45 am  Interactive sessions

11:45 am- 12:00 pm  Break

12:00 pm-   1:30 pm  Lunch with keynote and close