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MSG wins award to develop Virtual Communities of Practice

MSG has been awarded a two-year contract to support the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) in creating a Virtual Community of Practice (vCOP) around the topic of youth and adult career pathways.

Through this contract MSG will establish a virtual event series that will complement and enhance OVAE’s past and ongoing career pathway work by bringing the career and technical education (CTE) and the adult education communities together. The communities of practice will exist as a microgroup under the Career Pathways community on the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) site. The microgroup will feature discussions and webinars by subject matter experts and will create an opportunity for CTE and adult education professionals to share their practices, initiatives and emerging policies in building a career pathways system that works for youth and adults.

“Virtual communities of practice are a versatile and cost-effective way to bring together practitioners from around the country to learn and share practices,” said Andrew Simpson, MSG’s Technology Manager. “We are proud to support the Department’s efforts to harness technology to better serve educators focused on building career pathways for youth and adult learners.”

This contracts signifies MSG’s ongoing commitment to using interactive online technology to support educators. MSG has previously supported the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts to build a major new online professional development and technical assistance portal to support out-of-school-time educators in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.