The Power of Career Connected Learning

After months of planning and recording episodes, I am excited to announce that on October 28, we launched a brand-new podcast called, “The Power of Career Connected Learning.”

The purpose of the podcast is to “explore and understand the most important voices, ideas and leadership applications that are driving Career Connected Learning in North America.” In each of the episodes, I’ll be interviewing an education thought leader or an expert practitioner.

Our first episode was with Donna Gilley, director of the Academies of Nashville. Take a listen to the podcast and you’ll hear a rich discussion about many of the key factors that have helped students thrive in the Academies of Nashville model. To listen and subscribe, click here.

If you want to learn more about the Academies of Nashville, you can also download a profile on Nashville that was part of my book, “The Power and Promise of Pathways.” See details at the end of this post.

In future episodes, we’ll be hearing about the following: 

  • Linked Learning model
  • Early career exploration that spans elementary and middle school;
  • Developing work ethic among students;
  • Helping school districts create a profile of a graduate;
  • STEM early college pathways;
  • Integrating mathematics and applied technical courses; and
  • And many more important and inspiring topics.

We’re using a season-based approach. We will release 10 episodes of Season 1 this Fall. Then we will release another 10 episodes in Season 2 beginning late winter/early spring 2021.

If you have ideas for bold and innovative reforms in the Career Connected Learning space, please send me an email with some background information. I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to give you a detailed response, but I definitely appreciate receiving the recommendations for good practice and effective leadership.


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Hans Meeder is President of the National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T) ( NC3T provides planning, coaching, technical assistance, and tools. These strategies help community-based leadership teams plan and implement their college-career pathway systems and strengthen employer connections with education.