This historical and reflective account of the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee's (NOICC) and the State Occupational Information Coordinating Committees' (SOICCs) significant development of a national infrastructure that shaped career development policy, practice, and training from 1976 to 2000 offers key lessons for future development practice and potential in the United States and beyond.
State Occupational Information Coordinating Committees (SOICCs), NOICC's state partners, represented state agencies concerned with job training, vocational and technical education, employment security, vocational rehabilitation, economic development, higher education, and more.
SOICCs developed, adapted, distributed, and encouraged use of the systems and programs in their states.
NOICC's train-the-trainers workshops and other training programs for SOICCs and members of the broader network crosscut all program areas, including information development, delivery, and use, as well as youth and adult career development.
In addition to technical assistance and training provided to the SOICCs, more than 85% of NOICC's overall budget directly supported state career development activities.
Under the leadership of James Woods, NOICC played a key role in working with federal agencies and SOICCs to encourage greater standardization across systems and data sources.
The above-mentioned efforts, along with many others implemented by NOICC and SOICCs between 1978 and 2000, supported important information needs for education/training planning and employer workforce planning, and they provided a foundation for data supporting career development.