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Message from President/CEO John Foster

Message from the Board

2017 NOCTI Board of Trustees Updates

Thanks for Celebrating 50 Years with Us!

2016 Award Winners

Supported Browser Update!

New Book Scheduled for Release

Certificate and Partner Programs

NOCTI Staff Updates

Participate in Spring Pilot Testing at No Cost

SME Spotlight- Janet Cadeau

Seeking Subject Matter Experts!

Supported Browser Update!

Protecting the integrity of your NOCTI/NBS assessment program security, as well as our online systems, is a top priority for the NOCTI/NBS Team! With this in mind, we have updated our supported browser list in an effort to manage potential cybersecurity risks. In order to better mitigate these risks, effective February 1, 2017, NOCTI/NBS online systems will no longer support Internet Explorer (IE) or Microsoft Edge. Several browsers are supported and can be installed at no cost, such as Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome. Access to the testing system will be prohibited through IE or Microsoft Edge browsers. Current IE or MS Edge users are encouraged to update computer workstations with a supported browser well in advance of upcoming testing sessions. Thank you!


 New Book Scheduled for Release

Beyond Your First Year in CTE: 10 Additional Things to KnowNOCTI and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) have collaborated to create the final installment of its 10 Things to Know book series which focuses on topics important to new CTE teachers. Watch for the release of Beyond Your First Year in CTE: 10 Additional Things to Know in March 2017!

The Series

  • Book one focuses on developing relationships and surviving the first three months in the classroom.
  • Book two emphasizes the importance of expanding relationships with students, parents, other educators, and industry, and includes tips for planning, enhancing content, using assessments, and interpreting data.
  • Book three wraps up the series with a focus on the responsibilities associated with the CTE profession and is targeted to teachers who have made the decision to continue in a career as a CTE teacher. Topics in this final installment include areas such as impacts of federal and state legislation on the CTE classroom, visibility in the community, and the importance of becoming a leader.
The 10 Things to Know series has been well-received and has become a valuable resource for both new and veteran CTE teachers—one you will want to keep nearby! Watch email for an opportunity to order your copy from ShopACTE!

 Certificate and Partner Programs

  • NOCTI and the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) have partnered to offer a secondary-level certificate and digital badge of achievement. Students successfully passing the NOCTI Job Ready HVACR Installation and Start-up or the HVACR Service and Repair credentials will have the opportunity to earn a NATE secondary-level certificate and digital badge of achievement.
  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and NOCTI collaboration includes the development and delivery of the Youth@Work-Talking Safety assessment. Students successfully passing the Talking Safety assessment will earn a digital badge issued by NIOSH.
  • The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) is currently offering their Project Management exam at no cost to schools. Any participant meeting the benchmark on the assessment will receive a digital badge.
  • The International Sign Association (ISA) was recently recognized by the American Society of Association Executives with two Power of A Awards. ISA’s Elite program, which helps to develop the next generation of industry leaders through training and networking opportunities, earned a Power of A Silver Award in the category Create a Competitive Workforce. ISA’s broader workforce development initiatives, which include Sign Manufacturing Day and workforce training, also won Silver in that category. The International Sign Association (ISA) represents manufacturers, suppliers, and users of on-premise signs and sign products from the United States and 60 countries around the world. ISA and its Affiliated Associations work to support, promote, and improve the worldwide sign and visual communications industry.
For more information on these and other Certificate and Partner Programs, visit our website here.


 NOCTI Staff Updates

Hannah Archos joined NOCTI in January 2017. Hannah holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Illinois State University and joins NOCTI's Assessment Management division as a Product Development Coordinator. Glad to have you, Hannah!

Matt Gustafson was hired in September 2016 as a Developer in NOCTI’s IT division. Prior to his position with NOCTI, Matt was a software tester. He is currently the primary developer on the NOCTI digital badges system. Welcome aboard, Matt!

Annie Turner joined the Operations team as a Help Desk Specialist in October 2016. Annie brings a wealth of experience with customer service and help desk support to NOCTI. Her primary responsibilities include providing customer support and technical assistance for our online systems via phone, email, and LiveChat. NOCTI is excited to have her as part of the team. Welcome, Annie!

Keith Van Hulle joined NOCTI’s IT division as a Developer in December 2016. Keith has distinguished himself as a software developer and has a great reputation in the Grand Rapids area. He is currently the primary developer on a NOCTI e-commerce project with one of our partner organizations. Welcome to the team, Keith!

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