Career pathways handout for CWA Conference 2014

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Published on February 5, 2014

Author: Social_Policy



Career Pathways, Workforce Development, Youth Development,

               CAREER  PATHWAYS  INITIATIVE                                 C AREER   P ATHWAYS   D EFINITION   &   F RAMEWORK     Definitions  and  Key  Terms   Career  pathway-­‐oriented  workforce  development  has  the  goal  of  increasing  individuals’  educational  and  skills  attainment  and   improving  their  employment  outcomes  while  meeting  the  needs  of  local  employers  and  growing  sectors  and  industries.    Career   pathway  programs  offer  a  clear  sequence,  or  pathway,  of  education  coursework  and/or  training  credentials  aligned  with   employer-­‐validated  work  readiness  standards  and  competencies.    This  systems  approach  makes  it  easier  for  people  to  earn   industry-­‐recognized  credentials  (through  more  flexible  avenues  and  opportunities  for  relevant  education  and  training)  and  to   attain  marketable  skills  so  that  they  can  more  easily  find  work  in  growing  careers.    These  comprehensive  education  and  training   systems  are  particularly  suited  to  meeting  the  needs  of  working  learners  and  non-­‐traditional  students.    Career  pathway   programs  feature  the  following  characteristics:   • Sector  Strategy  –  Career  pathway  education  and  training  programs  align  with  the  skill  needs  of  industries  important  to  the   regional  or  state  economies  in  which  they  are  located,  and  reflect  the  fact  that  employers  in  the  targeted  industry  sectors   are  actively  engaged  in  determining  the  skill  requirements  for  employment  or  career  progression  in  high-­‐demand   occupations.     • Stackable  Educational/Training  Options  –  Career  pathway  programs  include  the  full  range  of  secondary,  adult  education,   and  postsecondary  education  options,  including  registered  apprenticeships;  they  use  a  non-­‐duplicative  progression  of   courses  clearly  articulated  from  one  level  of  instruction  to  the  next;  they  provide  opportunities  to  earn  postsecondary   credits;  and  they  lead  to  industry-­‐recognized  and/or  postsecondary  credentials.   • Contextualized  Learning  –  Career  pathway  education  and  training  programs  focus  on  curriculum  and  instructional   strategies  that  make  work  a  central  context  for  learning  and  help  students  attain  work  readiness  skills.   • Integrated  Education  &  Training  –  As  appropriate  for  the  individual,  Career  pathway  programs  combine  occupational  skills   training  with  adult  education  services,  give  credit  for  prior  learning,  and  adopt  other  strategies  that  accelerate  the   educational  and  career  advancement  of  the  participant.       • Industry-­‐recognized  Credentials  –  Effective  Career  pathway  programs  lead  to  the  attainment  of  industry-­‐recognized   degrees  or  credentials  that  have  value  in  the  labor  market.     • • • Multiple  Entry  &  Exit  Points  –  Career  pathway  programs  allow  workers  of  varying  skill  levels  to  enter  or  advance  within  a   specific  sector  or  occupational  field.         Intensive  Wrap-­‐Around  Services  –Career  pathway  systems  incorporate  academic  and  career  counseling  and  wrap-­‐around   support  services  (particularly  at  points  of  transition),  and  they  support  the  development  of  individual  career  plans.   Designed  for  Working  Learners  –  Career  pathway  programs  are  designed  to  meet  the  needs  of  adults  and  non-­‐traditional   students  who  often  need  to  combine  work  and  study.    They  provide  childcare  services  and  accommodate  work  schedules   with  flexible  and  non-­‐semester-­‐based  scheduling,  alternative  class  times  and  locations,  and  innovative  uses  of  technology.         Other  Resources:     • • • •   Career  Pathways  Community  of  Practice:   Career  Pathways:  What,  Why,  and  How? ams=   Using  Real-­‐Time  Labor  Market  Information  to  Support  Credential  Attainment  and  Career  Pathways   Career  Pathways  TAT  Webinar  Series:  Building  Cross-­‐Agency  Partnerships ams=     Contact:   Vinz  Koller|  Director  of  Training  and  Technical  Assistance   Social  Policy  Research  Associates  (SPR)  |    1330  Broadway,  Suite    1426  |  Oakland,  CA  94612   Cell:  831-­‐277-­‐4726    |     Social  Policy  Research  Associates   Career  Pathways  Definition  &  Framework       CWA  Conference  –  Jan  2014        

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