Nevada’s Students and Educators Gain Innovative Pathway2Careers Program
Maryville, TN – November 8, 2022 – The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) fully invests in its students. This is evident as news of a new partnership between NS4ed and NDE is made public today. According to NS4ed founder and company CEO Dr. Joseph L. Goins, “Nevada is investing in their students’ futures. NDE reviewed everything we have created, and they want to implement it fully; it is very exciting as we have the opportunity to aid Nevada’s students. Middle school and high school students are gaining access to the P2C career-connected mathematics curricula and localized labor market data that can prepare them for what we define as high-value careers.” Dr. Goins continued, “Additionally, they are acquiring P2C career exploration tools, custom Labor Market Navigator tools, and Career Exploration Curriculum that can be integrated into core courses, and the educators will receive first-rate professional learning, technical assistance, and program training.”
As NDE Education Programs Director for the Office of Career Readiness, Adult Learning, and Education Options, Craig Statucki is fully vested in the career-connected learning model. “NDE was looking for a way to facilitate career readiness with significant impact for all students in the Nevada public education system; Pathway2Careers was the solution,” explained Statucki.
As Nevada’s Department of Education invests in the Pathway2Careers Program, it is apparent that the American education system is on the cusp of a career-connected learning revolution. Members of NDE recognized their students’ needs and the promise of career-connected learning for all students. They reached out to NS4ed after researching the impact NS4ed’s career readiness solutions have had statewide in supporting New Mexico’s students, as is evident by the NMPED-supported Careers2Communities initiative.
They were also interested by custom work in data research and professional learning, technical assistance, and coaching conducted by NS4ed supporting educators and students in Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, and NS4ed’s home state of Tennessee.
As NS4ed’s New Mexico clients will tell you, the education technology company started as a leader in partnership building. NS4ed’s P2C Program grew from region-specific labor market research, custom Perkins V Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) reports, and productive meetings between local educators, businesses, non-profit organizations, and community stakeholders. Through data-driven research and partnership building, Dr. Goins, a former Tennessee math and vocational teacher, and his team would go on to develop a fully custom, standards-aligned, career-connected mathematics curriculum and more.
According to Director Statucki, “I love what NS4ed was able to do for New Mexico by helping districts and schools align their CTE programs with high quality, in-demand career clusters. I am looking forward to NS4ed’s career-connected solutions impacting our programs. In addition to supporting CTE programs, I am especially excited about how the Pathway2Careers Program is designed to integrate into standard, core middle school, and high school coursework. Bringing career data into classrooms and making math meaningful in this way is something genuinely unique that P2C offers.”
“This is exciting news for NS4ed as we will be helping students and communities across Nevada. The P2C Program was created to support all students giving them quality career opportunity knowledge and rigorous math curricular activities tied to over 650 careers. It was engineered this way because career-connected learning benefits all students,” confirmed Dr. Goins. From Nevada’s most populated region with Clark County’s over 320,000 students to the smallest graduating classes in Esmeralda County School District, NS4ed will scale to meet the needs of the more populated urban settings and be ready to reach out to the most rural communities, too.
NS4ed’s Pathway2Careers is a holistic, innovative, career-connected program with a custom platform. The P2C Math Curriculum provides complete curricula for pre-algebra, algebra I & II, and geometry with embedded career-connected learning. This career-focused math helps bridge gaps between education and industry to support all learners by achieving effective career-connected learning and assisting the students in identifying and working towards their career goals. Additionally, the P2C Career Exploration Curriculum provides an innovative platform with various tech tools, including the Labor Market Navigator, and additional lessons for grades 6 – 12, supporting guided career exploration, cultivating career awareness (by high-lighting high-value careers and authentic career story interviews), and facilitating career readiness.
The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) leads and collaborates with Nevada’s 17 school districts and the State Public Charter School Authority to advance educational equity Statewide. With offices in Carson City and Las Vegas, NDE oversees all pre-K-12 education in the State, working to achieve its mission to improve student achievement and educator effectiveness by ensuring opportunities, facilitating learning, and promoting excellence. Under the leadership of the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, NDE impacts the achievement of nearly half a million children and 30,000 educators (citation).
NS4ed is an educational research and development company dedicated to negotiating education services. NS4ed’s mission is to help all students attain successful futures through career exploration. This is achieved through providing effective, vested, engaging sole source solutions in customized labor market data, career exploration tools, professional development and evaluation services, and mathematics & career-connected learning curricula. NS4ed invests in quality measures to ensure its innovative solutions provide exceptional student experience, comprehensive learning, and support best practices in teaching.