Funding Career Pathways and Career Pathways Bridges: A Federal Policy Toolkit for States

Funding Career Pathways and Career Pathways Bridges: A Federal Policy Toolkit for States

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), 2013

Toolkit Purpose 

CLASP developed the Funding Career Pathways and Career Pathway Bridges Toolkit to help interagency State teams identify and use Federal resources to support Career Pathways models.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and Ford Foundation
Intended Audience 
State level teams working to develop Career Pathways initiatives
Career Pathways Target Population 
Lower-income and lower-skilled adults and out-of-school youth
Based On 
Career pathways approach/Career Pathways bridges, field experience from State and local Career Pathways initiatives.
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

The toolkit has five sections which are intended to be used in conjunction with each other to assist State teams in building their Career Pathways or Career Pathways bridge initiatives. These five sections include:
- Introduction;
- Using the Toolkit;
- A Funding Options Worksheet that provides a funding map for State teams building Career Pathways initiatives that starts with identifying a specific target population and takes the teams through specific key tasks in the areas of business and industry engagement, program innovation, and student supports;
- Federal Program Summaries that include basic information, such as type of program, eligibility requirements, type of services/support funded as well as an analysis of how the program can support Career Pathways, including a list of specific opportunities and limitations for State usage of Federal funds; and
- An appendix, Federal Funding for Support Services, that identifies funding streams that can be used for a range of support services to help students persist in and complete Career Pathways.

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