Career Pathways Initiative

CLASP Announces New Alliance for Quality Career Pathways

Posted by Andrala Walker - On July 20, 2012 (EST)

CLASP Announces New Alliance for Quality Career Pathways

This week, ten states, in conjunction with the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), are launching the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways, a national effort to create a framework of benchmarks and measures of success for career pathway initiatives. Career pathways are a promising solution to ensure America remains globally competitive, and that all workers—regardless of initial skill level—can have access to postsecondary credentials and economic opportunities.

 

The Alliance, funded with support from the Joyce and Irvine Foundations, will identify benchmarks that signal high-quality systems and programs, drawing on the lessons learned from more mature systems and programs in the following ten states:  Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

 

"Career pathways are a promising solution to ensure America remains globally competitive and that all workers - regardless of initial skill level - can have access to postsecondary credentials and economic opportunities," said Evelyn Ganzglass, Director of Workforce Development at CLASP.  "Even in this sluggish economy, career pathways could help nearly 48 million workers who need better skills and wages for economic advancement."

CLASP will lead this state-driven effort to advance the field of career pathways into the next phase of implementation and development, particularly as the economy recovers and more low-skilled adults and youth must seek out postsecondary education and training opportunities to help them obtain career and economic advancement.

 

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