NPOSI – Corinne Alfeld – Career Guidance and Counseling

NPOSI – Corinne Alfeld – Career Guidance and Counseling

Feb 2012

In this video, Corinne Alfeld, co-PI of the NRCCTE’s Mature Programs of Study project, describes outcomes and findings related to career guidance and counseling from her three-state longitudinal research study. This study sought to learn how the POS at these sites—three community colleges—were developed and how they worked. In particular, researchers were interested in learning about the processes, policies, structures, key players, challenges, and solutions involved in mature POS/career pathways.

In 2012, the NRCCTE launched the National POS Institute (NPOSI), a six-month program of research-based technical assistance, with the intention of supporting states in improving the quality of CTE instruction provided to secondary and postsecondary students. NRCCTE researchers drew on the Center’s portfolio of research studies on POS to address implementation barriers related to (1) career guidance and counseling and (2) business, community, and postsecondary partnerships identified by states. The NRCCTE's goal was to help states apply the results of research to the improvement of their programs. Over the remainder of the project, state teams received additional assistance from a national NRCCTE facilitator and an in-state facilitator.

Four states—Oklahoma, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Guam—participated in the technical assistance, which commenced with a two-day meeting on February 6-7, 2012 at the NRCCTE's headquarters in Louisville, KY. Later meetings were held at the 2012 ACTE National Policy Seminar, March 5-7, 2012, and via conference call on June 11, 2012.