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Thank you for making the Career Pathways Institute 2011 a tremendous success! We are inspired by your accomplishments and federal representatives from the Department of Labor/ETA, Department of Education/OVAE, and the Department of Health and Human Services/ACF have taken your recommendations seriously.

Take a look at the photo gallery of the institute to see your hard work in action. We recently posted video recordings of speakers and the closing plenary.

Documents from the institute, slide presentations, and a selection of additional resources may be accessed from the registration website – click the Materials for Participants tab to access links to these resources.

Next Steps

Your coach is working with your federal facilitator and note-taker to compile notes from your team time. Your coach will be in touch with you over the next couple of weeks to touch base about next steps.

We will be hosting several webinars between now and the end of June, so stay tuned!

We encourage you to stay connected to us and to follow up with the contacts you made with colleagues and subject matter experts as you focus on growth and sustainability of your plans.

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By Kathy Chernus, Director, Adult Education, MPR Associates, Inc.

Since 2001, our research staff have been examining ways to address the needs of millions of adults lacking the literacy, numeracy, and technical skills required in today’s workplace through partnerships among adult education providers, employers, and workforce organizations. With support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education, MPR created Working Together: A Guide to Business and Adult Education Partnerships to help employers learn about the advantages of partnering with adult education providers.

The Guide has two strands—Corporate Philanthropy in the Community and Expanding the Employee Pipeline—reflecting two important reasons that businesses get involved in adult education. The philanthropy strand provides information on ways to support local education programs, encourage employee volunteerism, and contribute to adult education nationally. The pipeline strand describes how adult education can help employers improve the skills of incumbent and future employees...

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By Marlena Sessions , Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

I was honored to serve as a “Subject Matter Expert” at the CPI in December at the Frances Perkins DOL building. As I raced through the day from pink corridor to blue corridor, meeting with state teams from Kansas and Virginia and Kentucky, I was struck by two main themes:

1) Role clarity matters.

2) Once you get role clarity, you can do anything with commitment.

These teams definitely had a lot of the latter and were, I sensed through the course of the Institute, looking for more of the former. The teams were like mini replicas of local systems, comprising WIB directors, community colleges, business and chamber leaders, United Way and sometimes other community philanthropic organizations. Their commitment was palpable, as was their willingness to roll up their sleeves and get to work. What they were searching for, however, was more clarification around who should do which functions for the greatest impact...

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Pathways to Careers

Strategic Partnerships for a Competitive Workforce (SPCW) Guide for community leaders working to strengthen their local and regional economies through the development and expansion of career pathways. Developed with support from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education.

ABE Career Connections: A Manual for Integrating Adult Basic Education into Career Pathways

Manual for adult basic education (ABE) programs designed to help connect ABE with existing career pathways in key local industries. Developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

Working Together: A Guide to Business and Adult Education Partnerships

Guide for businesses interested in partnering with adult and workforce education providers describes the forms that business-adult education partnerships can take, the bottom line and philanthropic advantages to partnering, and the practical steps for getting involved. It includes information on why businesses should invest, partnership models, and profiles of business-driven partnerships...

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By Tom Dubois, Instituto del Progreso Latino

Planning to apply for the new DOL grant opportunity – the TAA Community College and Career Training Grant Program? Even if you’re not, it might be of interest to take a look at the SGA for the ideas, information and resources that are presented (see link in the “Announcements” section of the Community of Practice).

Several of the priority areas noted in the SGA are aligned with the key elements of career pathways and the work of your teams. As noted in the SGA, Developing Career Pathways is viewed as a priority (p.5) and other topics discussed at the Institute in DC last December (e.g. contextualized learning, improving student services, etc.) are all part of what the DOL is looking for in grant applications.

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By Vickie Choitz and Marcie Foster

As your state teams in the Career Pathways Institute are likely discovering, the process of developing a career pathway effort is necessarily a collaborative endeavor across state agencies that, traditionally, may be seen as distinct entities with very different goals. In fact, the states that have made the most progress toward realizing a statewide pathways framework recognize that creating a supportive, open-entry, and seamless education and training experience for lower-skilled adults and youth...

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Thank you for making the Career Pathways Institute 2010 a tremendous success! Federal staff from the Department of Labor and the Department of Education and your coaches all left feeling inspired by your vision and plans moving forward. We are available to support your on-going work in whatever ways we can. Take a look at the photo gallery of the institute to see your hard work in action. See the "Vision 2012" chart as a reminder of where you envisioned you were headed before the institute and the "Career Pathways Breakthroughs" that you shared during the closing session...

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Posted on November 22, 2010 by Mary Alice McCarthy
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This on-line community is a key communication tool for the Career Pathways Technical Assistance Initiative. Partnerships are essential to the success of building career pathways, and this highly interactive tool will enhance the communication and thus assist you as you continue to build the partnerships, programs and policies necessary to support career pathways systems at the state, local and tribal level...

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