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 Partnerships||Key cross-agency partners at the local and state levels are engaged to participate in the initiative.|
|2) Engage Employers & Conduct Gap Analysis||Sectors and industries are selected and employers are engaged in the development of career pathways.|
|3) Clarify Roles & Responsibilities||Roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and formalized.|
|4) Design Programs||Career Pathway programs provide a clear sequence of education courses and credentials that meet the skill needs of high-demand industries.|
|5) Identify Funding Needs & Sources||Necessary resources are raised and/or leveraged to develop and implement career pathway programs.|
|6) Align Policies & Programs||Federal, state, and local legislation or administrative policies promote career pathway development and implementation.|