John C. Foster
I really enjoy my work with NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions. We have a great staff and two terrific governing boards. The work we do is important not only to the Career and Technical Education community we serve, but also to our nation’s infrastructure, economy, and ability to compete globally. My personal lifestyle is important too and my work allows me the privilege of maintaining friendships all over the country – friends who can give advice on the best running routes, scuba diving spots, hiking trails, ice fishing holes, and places to try local cuisine. As Jimmy Buffett would say, “Man, I love my job!”
Dr. John C. Foster is first and foremost a dedicated leader and advocate for individuals preparing for the workforce. He currently serves as the President/CEO of NOCTI and its subsidiary, Nocti Business Solutions. Previously, Dr. Foster served as Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a state which recognized the importance of industry credentials and championed the use of mandatory technical assessment. Dr. Foster served as Vice President of the National Association for State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and has also served that organization as the legislative chair, as a member of the original career cluster task force, and as its treasurer.
Dr. Foster has over 30 years of varied experience in CTE, workforce training, and tailored industrial training program development. He has served as a teacher educator for the Pennsylvania State University, a member on the Governor’s Strategic Planning Committee for Workforce Development, and has been involved with economic development associations, national apprenticeship training, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (Executive Board), employer advisory councils, and various career link advisory boards. In addition, he has varied work experience in the construction and computer networking fields.