NCCPA Summer 2016: The End or the Beginning?
"Fare thee well"  - words from one of my favorite Grateful Dead songs.  The smooth, melodic lyrics tell the story of saying goodbye to those they loved and cherished and was usually sung at the end of an epic three day concert run.

Like the Grateful Dead I am saying good bye to NCCPA and those I cherish, love and respect - at the end of this epic two-year run.  Thank you for all you have taught me, shared with me and developed within me!  I take all these wonderful experiences and lessons with me as I assume the role of Vice Principal at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa. 

Anais Nin once wrote: "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" and that is how I feel about this decision.  It is time for me grow and blossom as a school administrator.  This was not a decision I took lightly, but know that my calling is to be with students.

I am forever grateful for this incredible opportunity and look forward to the continued work of NCCPA making an impact at Maria Carrillo High School and across our region.
With Gratitude,
Katie Barr
Northern California Career Pathway Alliance

 Announcing A North Bay Summit: Building Strong Industry Partnerships and Career Pathways Together.
with the North Bay Employment Connection we will involve industry members, K12 Administrators, Board Members, and Community College Deans in thinking around and design of the future of sector strategy partnerships in our Region. This Summit will tak e place October 24 at the Napa Valley Marriott from 8:30 am to noon.

Bobby Ram at IVC Marin Academy
This summer, the 
SunPower Solar Energy Academies  have nearly wrapped up with the College of Marin Academy final presentations tomorrow. Students from Marin, Napa, and Solano counties spent a

week each intensively learning the basics of the solar industry and have coalesced in groups to create proposals for a home installation. SunPower Managing Director Bobby Ram visited both to inspire the next generation of technology innovators to develop a passion for life and collaborative work by getting to know their own greatness as well as weaknesses

A visit to the roof of SunPower
Student Spotlight

The Marin Solar Energy Academy students visited SunPower offices in Point Richmond and took a tour of - what else? -The roof! Students and teachers have reported outcomes such as: a deeper understanding of the variety of careers available in the Solar industry and what training and education is appropriate for each, materials and project ideas to bring back to the classroom in Pathway programs in the Region, inspiration to find passion for work and life, and connections among peers and industry representatives that will help shape future plans and possibilities.
Kaiser Permanente Externship
Industry Spotlight

Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville hosted Solano Pathway teachers this June for a teacher externship. Teachers were able to get an insider tour of all the main departments as well as hear the industry perspective on the future of health care careers and trends.

"It was a wonderful experience for our teachers. Both of our Medical Science Programs were able to participate - Vacaville and Vanden High School." -Solano Pathway Coach Lisa Parker.

Fare Thee Well
Katie, you are an amazing leader!  Your "can-do" approach and unwavering passion for this work has been a true inspiration and I'm so thankful to have had a chance to take this journey with you!  Maria Carrillo HS is so lucky to have you and I'm looking forward to continuing our work together in your new role!
-Angela Higdon 

You've been a pleasure to work with, and you (and your leadership) will be greatly missed. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and hope that our paths cross again. Team Equity!
-Jim Cassio
Workforce Alliance of the North Bay

A fond farewell to our fearless Director these last two years, the inimitable Katie Barr. We will certainly miss your calming, open, inspiring, and deeply knowledgable leadership and we wish you the best at the very fortunate Maria Carrillo High School. 
-All your NCCPA colleagues and friends

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