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

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,...

Ready by 21 National Partnership, 2010

This business engagement toolkit is designed to help community-based organizations recruit, engage, and develop ongoing relationships with businesses in their communities with the goal of creating long-term, sustainable partnerships capable of delivering the largest impact on a community's goals for youth as part of the Ready by 21 strategy.

U.S. Department of Education, 2010

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) envisions that all students will achieve challenging academic and technical standards and be prepared for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in current or emerging professions in the 21st century global economy. To this end, Perkins IV requires States to offer programs of study (POS) comprised of academic, career, and technical content that prepares students to make successful...

MPR Associates, Inc., 2007

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.

Commonwealth Corporation, 2011

Measuring Business Impact is a guide on sector-based workforce development programs, focusing on how to engage with businesses and measure the benefits of workforce development interventions. The guide is meant to address any knowledge gap workforce development practitioners may have in terms of engaging with businesses and measuring their programs' business impact. The guide argues that measuring business impact must move beyond telling good stories about the benefits of training...

Manufacturing Institute, 2012

The Manufacturing Skills Certification System was created to ensure that postsecondary certificate programs in manufacturing would be uniformly responsive to the industry's needs across the country. The System supplies industry-driven certifications that align to identified competencies, sample curricula, and a framework for evaluating existing programs of study to prepare students to acquire those certifications. The Manufacturing Institute hosts the Manufacturing Skills Certification System resource materials to help stakeholders tailor and...

Jobs for the Future, 2011

The Jobs to Careers Toolkit is a step-by-step guide to designing and implementing work-based learning projects for frontline workers. Work-based learning is an approach to adult education intended to capture, document, formalize, and reward learning that occurs on the job. In work-based learning projects, employers and education and training providers determine the competencies needed for a particular occupation and then structure ways to teach these competencies in a work setting....

Jobs for the Future, 2009

The Jobs to Careers Milestone Tool provides a blueprint for practitioners designing or modifying a work-based learning project. Developing a work-based learning project can be a prime opportunity for a Career Pathways initiative to provide on-the-job training for low-skill workers. Intended to be used consistently and updated regularly, this toolkit can serve as a valuable project management tool for work-based learning projects.

Instituto Del Progreso Latino, 2010

How to Build Bridge Programs that Fit into a Career Pathway recognizes that not all low-skill workers are ready to participate in a Career Pathways initiative with classes that start at the college level. This huge potential reservoir of workers, not only lack the necessary credentials to apply for open positions but they also lack the basic education to begin that training. This manual demonstrates how Career Pathways "bridge" programs...

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, 2013

This guide aims to advance colleges' understanding of how to access and use labor market data to improve student success. Specifically, the guide addresses how colleges can use labor market data to:
- Decide which programs to offer and how many students to enroll to meet the labor market demand for those credentials;
- Assess program effectiveness in terms of competencies and post-graduation success;
- Help students...

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