Career Pathways Initiative

What does a comprehensive career pathways system look like?

State and local teams working collaboratively to develop a career pathways system at the local level must facilitate and coordinate Six Key Elements in order to implement a comprehensive career pathways system. These elements often happen simultaneously, or are revisited as programs are developed and your local, regional, and state systems evolve.

The following chart highlights goals related to each of the six elements in a comprehensive career pathways system.

1) Build Cross-Agency PartnershipsKey cross-agency partners at the local and state levels are engaged to participate in the initiative.
2) Engage Employers & Conduct Gap AnalysisSectors and industries are selected and employers are engaged in the development of career pathways.
3) Clarify Roles & ResponsibilitiesRoles and responsibilities are clearly defined and formalized.
4) Design ProgramsCareer Pathway programs provide a clear sequence of education courses and credentials that meet the skill needs of high-demand industries.
5) Identify Funding Needs & SourcesNecessary resources are raised and/or leveraged to develop and implement career pathway programs.
6) Align Policies & ProgramsFederal, state, and local legislation or administrative policies promote career pathway development and implementation.