A Career Pathways Definition: Does it match up?

In light of the re-focusing of the communities to better align with WIOA, I want to share the Technical Assistance for Implementing Career Pathways Systems' definition for career pathways. 

A career pathways system refers to a system that supports the design, implementation, and sustainability of career pathways that represent a combination of rigorous and high quality education, training, and other services that also:

(A) align with the skill needs of industries in the economy of the state or region involved;

(B) prepare an individual to be successful in any of a full range of secondary or postsecondary education options, including registered apprenticeships;

(C) include counseling to support an individual in achieving education and career goals;

(D) include, as appropriate, education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster;

(E) organize education, training, and other services in a manner that accelerates the individual’s educational and career advancement to the extent practicable;

(F) enable an individual to attain a secondary school diploma (or its recognized equivalent) and at least one recognized postsecondary credential; and

(G) help an individual enter or advance within a specific occupation or occupational cluster. (Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), Department of Labor (DOL) Education and Training Administration (ETA), 2016).

Considering this definition, and other definitions that you value, what is your state’s, or program's, vision for career pathways systems?

Mike Cruse

Career Pathways Moderator