January Newsletter

This is your opportunity to collaborate statewide to improve Career & Technical Education for Nebraska – have you considered partnering with others to submit a PFI External Professional Development Funding Application? They are due January 30th!

Also, if you haven’t registered yet, consider attending the Nebraska:Think IT statewide simulcast. You will attend at your local community college site and hear from internationally recognized companies on the need for enhancing the Information Technology workforce pipeline!

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.

Thank you for your efforts in strengthening the workforce and economic development of our state!

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?

Register Today, space is limited! 

Registration Closes: March 10! 

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 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!

Statewide Career Academy Strand @ NCE Conference: Save the Date June 3 Kearney

The Partnerships for Innovation will be facilitating a statewide Career Academy Strand at the Nebraska Career Education Conference. All meetings will be held in Ruby (upstairs). If you would like to showcase your Rule 47 Career Academy Program  or your institution supports schools offering Rule 47 Career Academies, please contact Erika to set up a booth. Schools and organizations must reserve a spot before May 15; space is limited.

Possible topics to be covered:

  • Rule 47, what is it and the application process
  • What does wall-to-wall mean?
  • Scheduling cohorts of students
  • How to contextualize the academic course
  • Creating meaningful work-based learning experiences
  • Troubleshooting  – sharing best practice
  • Others???

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.


Erika Volker, Director
Partnerships for Innovation