Career Pathways Initiative

Identify Funding Needs & Sources

Career pathway programs provide a clear sequence of education courses and credentials that meet the skill needs of high-demand industries.

In a comprehensive Career Pathways system, programs are designed to provide a clear sequence of education courses and credentials that prepare individuals, regardless of their skill level at the point of entry, for postsecondary education or training and employment. As addressed in element two, programs should be designed around high demand regional/state industries and support career ladders that pay family-sustaining wages. Programs should support a full range of education options leading to credentials, and be supported by state legislation and administrative policies to support sustainability.

Key Questions:
How will you design programs that:
  • Incorporate and align secondary and post-secondary education elements?
  • Integrate and contextualize adult basic education and occupational skills training programs?
  • Chunk curricula into shorter programs of study?
  • Meet the need for flexible training and education options?
  • Include academic and CTE content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses?
  • Integrate wrap-around services into program delivery?
  • Lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree?


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