LINCOLN, Neb. – An educational consortium that partners with Northeast Community College has been selected as the Nebraska Career and Technical Education’s (CTE) Outstanding Secondary Program of 2021. Pathways to Tomorrow (P2T) was recognized with the distinction during the Nebraska Department of Education's 2021 Nebraska Career Education (NCE) Virtual Conference recently.
The award, open to individual instructional programs within a school or college, is designed to recognize the outstanding achievement of career and technical education (CTE) in Nebraska high schools.
Beginning its sixth year this fall, the P2T consortium offers CTE classes that are facilitated through Educational Service Unit (ESU) #2 and includes seven-member schools: Bancroft-Rosalie, Emerson-Hubbard, Guardian Angels Central Catholic (West Point), Howells-Dodge, Lyons Decatur Northeast, Oakland-Craig, and West Point-Beemer. This will be the third-year classes have been held at the Northeast Community College extended campus in West Point.
P2T offers multiple career pathways. Education, computer and health sciences classes are held in Northeast’s extended campus at 202 Anna Stalp Ave., while building construction, transportation, welding and other classes are conducted across the street in the 16,000 square foot Donald E. Nielsen Career and Technical Education Center, 200 N. Washington St. P2T features 11 instructors, most of whom teach dual credit classes for Northeast, Wayne State College or both.
P2T met NCE’s awards criteria as its instructional programs align with the Nebraska Career Education model. The consortium offers programs that demonstrate quality areas, including student achievement in both career and academic arenas, innovative instruction based on a state model program of study, alignment to Nebraska's workforce needs and economic priorities, and community engagement.
“Pathways to Tomorrow is honored to receive this recognition from NCE,” said Carla Streff, P2T executive director and director of Northeast’s extended campus in West Point. “It truly reflects the collaborative work P2T, Northeast Community College and Wayne State College have undertaken in the few short years the collaboration has been in existence. P2T is designed to build a skilled workforce in the region through career and technical education. It is a unique endeavor that brings employment preparation opportunities to students.”
To learn more about P2T, visit, northeast.edu/news/article/3622.
Wyatt Millburg, a student at Lyons-Decatur Northeast Schools, uses a truck driving simulator in the Donald E. Nielsen Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center in West Point in 2020. Millburg was enrolled in the transportation pathway offered through the Pathways 2 Tomorrow (P2T) consortium. P2T was selected to receive the Nebraska Department of Education's Career and Technical Education’s (CTE) Outstanding Secondary Program of 2021 award. It was presented at NCE’s Career Education Virtual Conference recently.