The Career Pathways How-To Guide

The Career Pathways How-To Guide

Workforce Strategy Center, 2006

Toolkit Purpose 

The Career Pathways How-To Guide was one of the first attempts to collect and analyze lessons learned from the States and regions that were early adopters of the Career Pathways model. It distills the experiences of California, Kentucky, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington into a set of common defining characteristics of Career Pathways initiatives and steps for building Career Pathways in new localities.

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Intended Audience 
Practitioners, such as professionals in community colleges and workforce, social service and economic development agencies, as well as State agencies seeking to invest in economic development efforts
Career Pathways Target Population 
Youths and adults interested in moving on to the next level of education and employment
Based On 
Examples from States on the leading edge of Career Pathways development, including California, Kentucky, Ohio, Oregon and Washington.
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

This guide presents lessons learned from the Workforce Strategy Center's efforts to support the development of Career Pathways and presents step-by-step instructions on how to build such pathways. This manual is organized into three main sections, including:
- The work of building regional Career Pathways partnerships, broken down into the five stages of Gap Analysis, Career Pathways Planning, Implementation, Continuous Improvement, and Expansion;
- The roles that State leaders and agencies can play in helping to cultivate pathways partnerships statewide; and
- Lessons learned from the experience of States and localities in developing Career Pathways.
Each section discusses the specific steps involved at that stage and includes examples from pathways partnerships across the United States.

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