December Newsletter

Happy Holidays! It’s a wonderful time of the year! We look forward to time to spend with our friends and family, reflect on the past year’s events and activities and look forward to another year on the horizon.

The Partnerships for Innovation wrapped up an intensive strategic planning session with Omaha Benson High School. We engaged alumni, high school administration & faculty, local business owners, post-secondary training providers, community members and OPS administration.  We evaluated past student attendance area data, current student demographics, local and regional workforce data and national best practice as it relates to career education. The Benson Administration will be presenting the Taskforce’s recommendations to the OPS District Executive Council for their approval in the upcoming months.  While we can’t share the details at this time, but look for new, innovative and exciting opportunities to come out of Omaha Benson High School!
If you would like your school to undergo a similar process, consider applying for a reVISION grant in the next go-round. Click on the link for more information and a short video tutorial.
PFI will be hosting a statewide Career Academy Forum in conjunction with the Nebraska Career Education Conference, June 3rd. As Career Academies are a new education delivery model, we are seeking your input on the topics for the all-day Forum. Please send your thoughts and suggestions to Erika.


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. Applications should 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.

Hudl, Xpanxion, CRi and Farm Credit Services will all be presenting at the Nebraska:Think IT statewide simulcast, will you be there?

Careers in Information Technology, have never before been in such demand, but what are the opportunities and what is IT in the 21st Century?
On March 17, 2015 the Partnerships for Innovation is sponsoring a professional development opportunity to expose K-12 Education Administrators (superintendents, principals, curriculum supervisors, counselors and teachers) to the Information Technology workforce needs in our state.

The day will start at 10 AM Central Time, with a statewide simulcast, streamed live by NET. Three business representatives from Nebraska companies will provide an overview of the current IT workforce needs, occupations and median salary projections.

Each of Nebraska’s community colleges will host area school leaders. Local business panels will share their need for highly trained IT workers. Each participant will have an opportunity to participate in a hands-on IT activity and hear from community college and University of Nebraska faculty regarding the postsecondary programs of study available to meet workforce demand.

The day will culminate with a message from the Education Commissioner, Dr. Matthew Blomstedt.

There is no charge and lunch will be provided at each community college location for registered participants.  Coordinating partners include Nebraska’s six Community Colleges, the Nebraska departments of Economic Development (IT Industry Council), Education and Labor. We hope you can join us!

About Us

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)  is a collaboration of Nebraska secondary and postsecondary partners focused on building a better statewide system of Career and Technical Education to improve student learning and better meet economic development priorities. PFI will do this by introducing innovation in CTE delivery systems to include Career Academies, professional development and programs of study with coordinated curriculum between secondary and postsecondary.

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

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