National Minority Technology Council
Looking Forward Research & Development

Student to Employee Competence Research

Aligning  Data-Driven Career-Ready delivery system components  that harmonize student assessment to  success outcomes and relevant regional employment requirements, particularly for the ICT and cyber security industry


Creating short and long-term industry approved instructional plans and strategies to encourage the development of problem-solving, critical thinking , and teamwork.  Focus on minority education and workforce training institutions.

Program Improvement

Ensure all Carrer and Technology Education (CTE) faculty/learning delivery professionals are highly skilled  in methodologies like distance education to create new approaches for students to access work-based knowledge and applied skills development.

Instructional Delivery


Building a Nation of Producers

Ready for Work?

In a very real sense completing high school today is like completing middle school 30 years ago.  We are in the middle of a crisis and Industry has a responsibility to be part of the solution.  The National Minority Technology Council - Looking Forward Research & Development Initiative's research develops new industry credentials and certifications  geared to students who are part of communities of need.  Particularly for communities where there is economic, cultural, or geographical disenfranchisement.  

Understanding how information is processed and the creation of models that anticipate effective human thinking.

Cognitive processes include perception, recognition, imagining, remembering, thinking, judging, reasoning, problem solving, conceptualizing, and planning  

Cognitive Development

Discovering learning models that are student centered, facilitating context and questions that provide the learner an opportunity to better frame the knowledge acquisition process as a benefit to future outcomes, rather than earning a grade or passing a test.

Critical Pedagogy

NMTC is engaged in a systematic yet flexible study methodology aimed to improve educational practices in CTE through iterative analysis, design, development, and implementation that is based on collaboration among researchers and practitioners in real-world settings.  Research is both evidence and industry based.

Design Based

Developing a systematic study of the risks, group cultural and social constructs, and other areas of ethnography will build upon itself and assist in future exploration of the cultural phenomena that impacts learning and economic advancement in divers communities.


 Significant inequities in educational resources and opportunities are provided to minority students nationwide.  As a national trade association NMTC works to provide research innovation that investigates CTE policies, programs, and curriculum aht are effective in improving the education and career outcomes for students.

New Ideas for Industry Certification

NMTC researched the partnership process in order to promote effective coordination and alignment across educations systems, the labor market, and government agencies.  This research is informed by the U.S. Department of Education's Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN), The "Pay for Success Feasibility Tool Kit" reported October 2017, and the seven years of design based research led by the National Minority Technology Council's Managing Principle Investigators and Senior Research Fellows.

 Our mission is to both discover or innovate funding mechanisms and to research how to reduce the gaps in access to and success in the school to career process, particularly for students who leave high school and go to work in ICT positions.

As a member coordinated shared service provider, NMTC delivers the intervention  to the target population.   NMTC's vendor governance market research program creates the necessary Public/Private partnerships in order to align stakeholders, with a focus on State and Local Pay for Success outcome based projects.

NMTC represents 65,000 U.S. minority technology companies with combined revenues of over $100 Billion.  Developing an effective, outcome based workforce system is a key mission.  The U.S. Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) provides policy and funding to prepare students for high-skill, high wage occupation's in the 21st century economy.  The December 2015 U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education report "Advancement Career and Technical Education (CTE) in State and Local Career Pathways Project: Final Report" illuminates that the education and  skill levels of American youth and adults are not keeping pace with today’s global economy.  NMTC is focused on the development of industry-recognized credential or certification's the post-secondary level that will ensure students are ready for work and follow the Program of Study Design Framework (Click Image to Download).

CTE Research in Cyber Security

The Minority Cyber Inclusion Council works to bridge the gap between industry, government and education in order to inform the minority community about the growing employment and training opportunities.

The Cyber Advisory Council is a design based research initiative to bring our nation's leading Subject Matter Experts together to ensure America's Cyber Workforce System is both inclusive and relevant. 

“Partnerships and Policies must promote learning outcomes that are accountable to workforce requirements  and industry credentials that lead to post high school employment for a greater number of U.S. citizens ”.

Brenda Cureton

“Creating written memorandum of agreements (MOAs) with industry associations that promote workforce and economic development strategies that create jobs will attract employers and build communities”.

Karl Cureton

National Minority Technology Council

Looking Forward Research & Development

Managing Principle Investigators

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