Pathways to Careers: A Guide to Building Partnerships for Workforce Education and Training

Pathways to Careers: A Guide to Building Partnerships for Workforce Education and Training

MPR Associates, Inc., 2007

Toolkit Purpose 

This guide shares lessons learned from the 2006-2007 Strategic Partnerships for a Competitive Workforce (SPCW) initiative, in which U.S. Department of Labor Community-Based Job Training program grantees formalized Career Pathways partnerships with local education institutions, the workforce investment system, employers, State or local agencies, and other community groups. SPCW was a joint initiative of the U.S. departments of Education and Labor.

U.S. Department of Education
Intended Audience 
Community colleges and workforce development practitioners looking to create partnerships
Career Pathways Target Population 
Students and adult workers
Based On 
The experiences of the 32 community teams of the SPCW initiative.
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

This toolkit illustrates the steps of developing a Career Pathways initiative by telling the combined stories of the SPCW grantees. Instead of case studies of each community team, the document collects their relevant activities and experiences in seven activity areas:
- Team Building;
- Using Data to Drive Partnership Activities and Meet Objectives;
- Developing a Mission Statement and Strategic Plan;
- Engaging Employers;
- Connecting with the Broader Education Community;
- Message and Outreach; and
- Navigating the Policy Environment.
The anecdotal format of this toolkit reinforces the legitimacy of the lessons learned, especially for practitioners who want to hear from their peers. Each of the seven areas contains links to resources such as planning guides and Webinars that were produced for the SPCW teams.

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