October Newsletter

My husband and I were talking about how beautiful the weather has been this fall and his point was, if we had this weather year round, we’d have 10 million people living here!  While I think we would appreciate the individual reduced tax burden, some of us moved here to escape places with 10 million people!  So without those additional folks to help our workforce, we need to invest in each person throughout the state to keep our state’s economy strong! Partnerships for Innovation is working to assist schools in doing just that.

PFI has been busy with reVISION for Crete, Thayer Central, Bennington, Cedar Bluffs and Fremont. Thanks to all the faculty and administration for being so receptive to the workforce information, student data and overall process!  In addition to the formal reVISION process, PFI is assisting  a handful of additional schools diving deeper to align career education programs with local economic and workforce development initiatives.

The Partnerships for Innovation website will be getting a face lift on November 1st!  All the links will remain the same, but the look and feel of the website will be updated. It’s been 5 years and it’s time for a change!   If you can’t find what you are looking for, please let us know and we’d be happy to direct you to the information.

Sprinkled throughout the newsletters this year we’ll be highlighting the PFI staff and Leadership Council members.  Check out the side bar for the PFI Director’s work biography.

As always, if Partnerships for Innovation can add value to your career education system, please let us know.

PFI Professional Development External Funding Applications: Due January 30, 2015

The Partnerships for Innovation Leadership Council provides consortia members the opportunity to apply for funding for professional development activities. Applicationsshould support statewide innovative programming and opportunities for Career and Technical Education. Applications are due by January 30, 2015 for funding from July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2016. This 18 month funding cycle provides consortia the time to implement meaningful opportunities for secondary and postsecondary Nebraska educators and staff. Click here for the application, directions, rubric and timeline.

Nebraska School Counseling Association Academy

November 5 – 6, 2014
Lincoln, NE

Educators are invited to register for:  Habitudes for Nebraska Career Ready Students and/or Dr. Tim Elmore keynote and workshops.  These trainings are Nov. 5-6, in Lincoln, NE. This professional development is in conjunction with the 2014 NSCA Academy.

Registration and more information at: NSCA Calendar of Events

Save the Date: March 17, 2015
at a community college near you!

If you would like assistance on implementing these initiatives in your community, please contact us.


Erika Volker, Director
Partnerships for Innovation

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