Idaho's Career Pioneer Network (CPN)

This site is operated by the Center for New Directions under contract with the Idaho Division of Professional Technical Education, using funds provided by the Carl D Perkins Vocational & Technical Education Act of 2006 designated for equity programming.

The purpose of this site is to provide the overview of the development of Career Pioneers in the State of Idaho. Commonly referred to as Nontraditional Occupations (NTO), Career Pioneers are students and professionals who either train for or enter careers in which one’s gender comprises less than 25% of the individuals employed in the occupation (US Department of Labor). “Career Pioneer” reflects more clearly the consistency of the project in that the introduction of minority genders in traditional gender career fields is, indeed, a pioneering effort. This project will give direction for “the development of a statewide strategic plan addressing the advocacy and support of gender specific nontraditional career education, training and employment.”

While nontraditional careers are found in a variety of pathways, the early strategy of the Career Pioneer Project for recruitment, retention, and employment in Idaho will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers for females and Health (specifically Nursing) careers for males. While these careers will be featured in this project’s strategy, all career choices will receive attention in the plan that will be developed as a result of this project.

Our Mission
To inspire individuals to explore and pursue a full range of career options by enhancing awareness and knowledge of nontraditional careers; encouraging participation through best practices of recruitment, and retention strategies; and effectively removing barriers to success for females and males of all ages.

Our Vision
Idaho is a national leader in creating a level playing field where women and men choose careers based on their passion and strengths and are welcomed and supported in all occupations.

Our Efforts

 
Our Partners

The early strategy of the Career Pioneer Project for recruitment, retention, and employment in Idaho will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers for females and Health (specifically Nursing) careers for males.

Best Practices

 
CND Sites

Career pioneers are students and professionals who either train for or enter occupations where one's gender comprises less than 25 percent of that occupation or field of work. 

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Idaho, led by the Idaho Centers for New Directions’ Idaho Career Pioneer Network, joined 10 other states who participated in the first four years of the STEM Equity Pipeline project.
 

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EYH

Idaho has partnered with EYH to offer one day hands-on conferences at five locations across Idaho. Girls grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to interact with STEM role models and experience STEM careers through hands-on activities.

 

CPN SITES

 

The Idaho Career Pioneer Network is comprised of six Centers for New Directions across the state of Idaho. Each Center is located at a community college, technical college, or university.