Career Pathways Initiative

New Working Papers on Career Pathways Released by CLASP

Posted by Andrala Walker - On March 18, 2013 (EST)

National High-Quality Metrics and Benchmarks for Career Pathways Programs

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) launched the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways (AQCP) in mid-2012. Ten states—Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin—considered leading edge in the career pathways arena, form the core of the alliance. They will meet over the course of the two-year project to develop a framework of high-quality benchmarks and metrics for career pathways programs nationwide to help stakeholders to be able easily to identify high-quality programs that serve the educational needs of youths and adults who are under-prepared for the workplace.

AQCP recently released two working papers from the project’s first stage, The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Approach: Developing Criteria and Metrics for Quality Career Pathways and A Framework for Measuring Career Pathways Innovation. The first paper lays the foundation for the framework of quality criteria and shared performance metrics. The second presents a framework for measurement, examining important aspects of developing career pathway metrics.

According to AQCP, “One of the primary advantages of the career pathways approach is its responsiveness to specific and dynamic local contexts—no two career pathways will ever be exactly the same.” A career pathway approach reorients disconnected programs of existing education and workforce services to a more coordinated structure focused on individual needs in education and training and on corresponding career paths. The approach also provides clear transitions, strong supports, and other elements critical to the success of participants. Career pathways has become a new way of doing business—for education and training institutions, employers, students, community organizations, agency staff, and policymakers—redesigning the delivery of education, training, and employment services to be far more integrated, aligned, and participant-centered.

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