ALACHUA, Florida — Construction industry representatives and education leaders are joining forces at NCCER’s Construction Career Pathways Conference to build connections and provide guidance on how to create construction career pathways in states. The conference will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 19 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, prior to the Association for Career and Technical Education's (ACTE) VISION Conference.

NCCER kicked off its Construction Career Pathways initiative at last year’s ACTE annual conference. Based on the success and interest garnered at that event, NCCER began developing guidance documents to provide specific steps to assist educators and contractors in their efforts to make meaningful connections. The first draft of these documents will be presented for feedback and further development at this year’s event. In addition, a variety of panelists from both industry and education will present their successful partnerships, answer questions and provide recommendations on how to apply these practices.

“It is our belief that the implementation of a career pathways plan created and endorsed by both industry and education will help students acquire the skills they need to succeed in today’s workforce,” said Don Whyte, president of NCCER.

Registration for the free Construction Career Pathways Conference is open through November 11. Attendees will also receive a discount on the full ACTE VISION conference. 

Guest speakers at the event will include LeAnn Wilson, executive director, ACTE; James D. King, vice chancellor for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology under the Tennessee Board of Regents; Curt Eysink, executive director, Louisiana Workforce Commission; Jimmy Sawtelle, senior vice president for Workforce Solutions at Louisiana Community and Technical College System ; Mike Barkett, president of Mississippi Construction Education Foundation; Boyd Worsham, vice president, The Haskell Company; Mittie Cannon, workforce development director, Robins & Morton; Chelle Travis, assistant vice chancellor for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology under the Tennessee Board of Regents; Eddie Rispone, chairman, Industrial Specialty Contractors; Tim Lawrence, executive director, SkillsUSA; Chuck Goodrich, executive vice president, Gaylor Electric; Elizabeth Meguschar & Susan Wiersema, Noblesville High School representatives; and Emily DeRocco, principal at Engage, Educate, Employ (E3) and former Assistant Secretary at U.S. Department of Labor.