Career Pathways Spring Institute 2011
Advancing Career and Technical Education (CTE) in State and Local Career Pathways Systems is a national initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), to support the integration of CTE Programs of Study into states’ broader Career Pathways system development efforts. Benefits of Participation If selected, your state will: • Be paired with an experienced state coach and receive individualized technical assistance to support your efforts to align and integrate CTE Programs of Study with your state’s Career Pathways system efforts. • Receive coaching and technical assistance to: develop a strategic plan; identify and address obstacles to the alignment of CTE Programs of Study with Career Pathways; map assets and identify key partners, funding streams and targeted industry sectors; and implement new approaches in the participating local area with key stakeholders. • Have access to subject matter experts in CTE Programs of Study and Career Pathways systems development, and opportunities to network virtually with other states participating in this project. As a result of project participation, your state will be better able to: • Align programs and policies and make systems changes that are necessary to integrate CTE Programs of Study into your state’s Career Pathways system. Eligibility To be eligible, each state must: • Submit an application that addresses the criteria outlined in the application. • Conduct a preliminary Career Pathways Readiness Assessment https://learnwork.workforce3one.org/view/2001134059610984712/info (If the link does not open automatically, please copy and paste it into your browser) • Conduct a preliminary POS Self-Assessment http://cte.ed.gov/docs/POSLocalImplementationTool-9-14-10.pdf (If the link does not open automatically, please copy and paste it into your browser) • Create a cross-agency state team for this project.
On September 23, 2014, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services will be hosting a day-long National Dialogue on Career Pathways. The event, available via live stream at http://prg.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/f1574e1999094289ab581d5b834de4d91d, will feature career pathways practitioners, innovators, business partners, and thought leaders, discussing the promise of effective career pathways and exploring the impact of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act on career pathways. You don't want to miss it. For more information on how to get involved, download the Viewing Party Guide, using the "Download" Tab to your right.
The U.S. Department of Labor has released the Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) that provides up to $500 million in grant funds to be awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants program (TAACCCT)...
New Spotlight on Poverty webcast by Vickie Choitz, senior policy analyst with CLASP's workforce development team
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of up to approximately $122 million in grant funds...
The Employment and Training Administration's Office of Workforce Investment will host a webinar to help workforce programs learn new strategies to increase credential rates. The webinar will feature the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) discussing Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). CAEL will provide an overview of how awarding academic credit for a person's work experiences, military service, or community volunteerism might be possible. Examples of state workforce systems in which PLA is already underway, including Indiana, will be highlighted.
The Office of Family Assistance, through its Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) efforts, is excited to invite you to participate in a free live Expert Panel webcast on the important topic of toxic stress in childhood. This moderated discussion will bring together preeminent, nationally recognized experts and practitioners to describe toxic stress, how exposure to childhood toxic stress can have life-long consequences as adults, and how practitioners and community-based organizations are working to prevent toxic stress exposure in children and ameliorate its effects on adults, strengthening families and communities.
Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research A high level of literacy in both print and digital media is required for negotiating most aspects of 21st-century life—succeeding in a competitive job market, supporting a family, navigating health information, and participating in civic activities. But according to a recent survey, more than 90 million adults in the United States lack the literacy skills needed to have fully productive and secure lives. Improving Adult Literacy recommends a program of research and innovation to gain a better understanding of adult literacy learners, improve instruction, and create the supports adults need for learning and achievement. Focusing on individuals ages 16 and older who are not in K-12 education, the report identifies factors that affect literacy development in adolescence and adulthood and examines their implications for strengthening literacy instruction for this population. It also discusses technologies that show promise for supporting adult literacy learners. The report is a valuable resource for curriculum developers, federal agencies, literacy program administrators, educators, and funding agencies. Brief summaries of the report are also available for download at the website. You can also register for the webcast of the public discussion of research results to be held on May 30, 2012.
The Employment and Training Administration congratulates the eleven grantee teams who participated in the Career Pathways Technical Assistance Initiative. Over the course of the year, each grantee made significant progress with designing career pathway systems within their states and local communities. We are pleased to announce the completion of a number of tools and resources to assist state and local leadership with building comprehensive career pathway systems. The most recent publication is the Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success. This Toolkit offers a clear and user-friendly road map for administrators, service providers, practitioners, and policy makers seeking to develop career pathway systems at local, regional, and/or state levels. It details the Six Key Elements Framework, highlights promising practices, and provides tools designed to support visioning and strategic planning. You can view and download the Toolkit from this Community of Practice in the Resources section. Also, available for view or download is the illustrated overview of the Six Key Element Graphic Framework. You can also find the Online Readiness Assessment Tool to help determine your level of progress in designing, developing, and implementing career pathways system elements in the Resources section. ETA hopes that these tools and resources will continue to help you develop your career pathways systems and that you continue using this Community of Practice for sharing new information and lessons learned with your peers.