Thriving in Challenging Times: Connecting Education to Economic Development through Career Pathways

Thriving in Challenging Times: Connecting Education to Economic Development through Career Pathways

National Career Pathways Network and the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, 2012

Toolkit Purpose 

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide industry employers with an introduction to Career Pathways and encourage them to participate in Career Pathways initiatives. The introduction of the toolkit highlights the need for Career Pathways initiatives, the main components of the model, and the adult Career Pathways model which is an adaptation for adults without basic academic and technical skills, or career-limited adults. Both models include roles for secondary, postsecondary and business institutions, with more responsibilities placed on employers in the adult Career Pathways model. The introduction concludes with a call to action for employers to partner with secondary and postsecondary institutions to develop Career Pathways initiatives.

Publisher 
National Career Pathways Network and Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Intended Audience 
Industry employers
Career Pathways Target Population 
Secondary and postsecondary students and adults without basic academic and technical skills
Based On 
Examples of Career Pathways initiatives in various industries
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

This toolkit provides a summary of Career Pathways followed by profiles of Career Pathways and adult Career Pathways initiatives organized by industry. Profiles are provided for programs in the following industries:

- Aerospace
- Automotive Manufacturing
- Biotechnology
- Construction
- Education and Training
- Finance
- Graphic Communications
- Green Technologies
- Health Care
- Logistics
- Manufacturing
- Nuclear Energy
- Transportation
- Multi-sector programs

Each profile covers the program's partners, target population and eligibility, challenges, strategies, funding, business engagement, results, and lessons learned. The toolkit also includes a Career Pathways Checklist which can be used to assess the Career Pathways "landscape" in a State or region. The toolkit concludes with a glossary of key terms related to Career Pathways and a list of sixteen career clusters utilized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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