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Career Pathways PD Institute: National Resources

 

Career Pathways Reports
Career Pathways Resources
Social Links
Other State Resources

Career Pathways Reports

CLASP Opportunities for Action
Integrated Education and Training: Model Programs for Building Career Pathways for Participants at Every Skill Level
CLASP's Opportunities for Action is a series of short memos with recommendations for state and local areas to fully realize the options in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to help low-income and lower-skilled youth and adults achieve economic success.
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CLASP Career Pathways; Local Planning
States should determine whether partners have built career pathway programs that meet the definition in WIOA and offer infrastructure and guidance on defining and tracking participants who are on a "state-recognized" career pathway.
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CLASP Career Pathways; State Plan and Policy
States should determine whether partners have built career pathway programs that meet the definition in WIOA and offer infrastructure and guidance on defining and tracking participants who are on a "state-recognized" career pathway.
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Empowering Adults to Thrive at Work: Personal Success Skills for 21st Century Jobs. A report on promising research and practice. (Article)
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National Skills Coalition
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), reauthorized by Congress in 2014, represents a significant federal investment in adult education. More than $550 million nationwide is provided under WIOA Title II to support adult basic education, high school equivalency, and English language acquisition.  This fact sheet highlights important opportunities for adult educators to engage with partners across the WIOA system to ensure that planning and implementation under the new law is responsive to the needs of adult learners, and makes effective use of adult education partners’ expertise.
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National Skills Coalition - IET 50-state policy scan
IET 50-state policy scan provides a report on Integrated Education and Training models. 
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National Research Center for Career and Technical Education
The NRCCTE at SREB is working with Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG) and other partners on a project funded by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education designed to increase access to high-quality career pathways for youth and adults.

This site provides information on Research Studies on Career Pathways / Programs of Study
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Workforce Data Quality Campaign (Report)
The following is excerpted from the introduction, explaining the purpose of this paper.
The amount of data coming out on education, training, and the labor market can seem overwhelming. Data visualization is one way to manage this information and make it usable.

Data visualization simply refers to the presentation of data in pictures or graphs, such as a bar graph or flow chart, and thus provides a way to communicate vast amounts of information efficiently.  Policymakers and members of the public, who are short on time and have many pressing issues to manage, can benefit from analyses that include high visual impact.

Data visualization could influence students and workers choosing a post-secondary program to achieve career goals, or convince employers to set up business in one region over another. With the right approach, tools, and contextual information, data visualization can play an important role in communicating information and may contribute to meaningful change. For those exploring user-friendly ways to present data, this paper offers some issues and examples to consider
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Career Pathways Resources

Adult Career Pathways: Resources
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Career Pathways
Career Pathways programs provide post-secondary education and training that is organized as a series of manageable steps leading to successively higher credentials and employment opportunities in growing occupations.
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Career Pathways Exchange
The Career Pathways Exchange is a free information service that consolidates and distributes career pathways-related resources, events, and information from federal and state agencies and partner organizations. The Exchange streamlines information from multiple outlets to facilitate a deeper national dialogue on career pathways systems development and implementation.
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Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success, September 2011
The resources in this toolkit contain both evidence-based research and practice-based materials that can help guide the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of ACP programs.
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Career Pathways Catalog of Toolkits
Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits is an online directory of free resources available for planning a Career Pathways initiative. Toolkits were selected for this Catalog because they provide clear action steps for starting a Career Pathways initiative and help different sectors – education, workforce, human services, industry, and policy – learn to communicate with each other about their resources and priorities.
The toolkits can be filtered by Publisher, Target Population, Intended Audience, Primary Career Pathway Element Addressed, and Industry – so you can quickly find the right set of tools for your initiative!
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CLASP - Career Pathways Explained: A multimedia presentation explaining what Career Pathways entails.

Note: You must click on the “Next” Arrow (as shown below) to advance to the next slide.

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CORD (Center for Occupational Research and Development)
Adult Career Pathways:  Providing a Second Chance 
CORD published the book Adult Career Pathways: Providing a Second Chance in Public Education to support the field in the design and development of career pathways programs that can serve the unique needs of lower-skilled adults. The Adult Career Pathways (ACP) model is an extension of career pathways that focuses on adult learners whose educational backgrounds are varied, whose need for support services is considerable, and whose lack of academic preparation for college-level work is often extensive. The ACP model offers a strategy for overcoming workforce barriers by bringing together selected industries, community services, government agencies, and community colleges to identify, enroll, educate, and prepare these adults for high-demand career opportunities. 
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CORD (Center for Occupational Research and Development)
Career Pathways Resources
CORD and the National Career Pathways Network have developed books, resource publications, and newsletters to foster leadership in career pathways and disseminate promising practices to practitioners serving a diverse population of learners.
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Employability Skills Framework (Perkins Collaborative Resource Network)
Perkins Collaborative Resource Network, provided by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Division of Academic and Technical Education
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LINCS
LINCS is a professional learning platform for adult educators funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

On this website you can:

  • find professional development opportunities in the Learning Portal
  • participate in discussions with your peers in the community
  • access high-quality resources in our Resource Collection

You can also explore related federal initiatives and contact your regional professional development center for additional opportunities.
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Lincs.ed.gov/digital-literacy, Coordination with Employers
America needs an effective strategy for integrating educational instruction and workforce development that benefits employers, today's workers, and workers of tomorrow. Employer-Educator Partnerships work!
This website is designed to:

  • Introduce employers and educators to the value of partnering.
  • Describe best practices and success stories.
  • Disseminate evidence-based tools that contain academic and practical solutions for building partnerships, sustaining collaborations, and creating career pathways.

Valuable information tailored for both employers and educators is presented. Whether you are an employer, educator, or other interested party, we encourage you to view both sections as they present examples, from each perspective, of how partnerships have made a difference along with links to important resources.
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ABE Career Connections: A Manual for Integrating Adult Basic Education into Career Pathways
This manual provides an overview of career pathways and describes the efforts used by the ABECC sites to create partnerships and connect basic skills training to local career pathways.
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ESL Pro
This site offers evidence-based resources to enhance the impact of adult English Language Learner (ELL) instruction nationwide and in your community. Each topic-driven suite of resources includes an issue brief, online learning module, and a companion learning resource for educators. Developed to complement and build upon one another, each suite offers multiple approaches to learning. Whether you are an ESL teacher, administrator, professional development specialist, policy maker, or researcher, these professional development and lesson planning tools provide insight and tangible support for the work that you do with and for adult ELLs.
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Integrating Digital Literacy into English Language Instruction
This RESOURCE is specially designed to provide practical ideas and suggestions for instructors who recognize the ever-increasing need of all adult learners to develop digital literacy skills.
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Moving Pathways Forward Supporting Career Pathways Integration
A three-year initiative to assist states in advancing career pathways systems to transition low-skilled adults to postsecondary education and employment. Moving Pathways Forward provides targeted technical assistance services to states and consolidates and distributes career pathways information to all interested stakeholders.
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Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways
This resource collection addresses the following guiding questions: What preparation do adult English learners (ELs) need to tackle the language and skill demands of the 21st-century workplace? What are evidence-based instructional models for infusing or integrating occupational training with English language instruction? What types of lessons, tasks, and strategies support ELs’ transition to postsecondary training and education as part of a career pathway?

This resource is a collection of strategies, tools, lesson ideas, and tasks to support the creation of career-focused, contextualized, English language acquisition (ELA) instruction. There are also numerous links to follow, each an invitation to explore contextualized ELA instruction a little more deeply, helping you prepare your learners for the career pathways that match their goals.
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National Career Pathways Network
National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) is a membership organization for educators, employers and others involved in the advancement of Career Pathways, career technical education (CTE), and related education reform initiatives.
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National College Transition Network
College and Career Pathways
This section of resources covers programs and strategies designed to enable adults to earn industry-recognized certifications, obtain employment and advance to higher levels of education and employment in those areas.
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National Skills Coalition
National Skills Coalition conducts and sponsors research to better inform general debates about the need for federal and state investments in the skills of America's workers and industries, and the effectiveness of these investments.
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Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) studies Administration for Children and Families (ACF) programs and the populations they serve through rigorous research and evaluation projects. These include evaluations of existing programs, evaluations of innovative approaches to helping low-income children and families, research syntheses and descriptive and exploratory studies.
Literature Review: Career Pathways Programs
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This report reviews selected research studies on career pathways program design, implementation, outcomes and impacts.  It also summarizes the implications of the research literature for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) National Implementation Evaluation design.

Perkins Collaborative Resource Network
Career Pathways Systems
This section provides information about career pathways generally and strategies to support career and technical education students in acquiring the academic, employability, and technical skills that employers demand.
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Perkins Collaborative Resource Network
National Initiatives, Initiatives and Activities
Perkins IV authorizes the Department of Education to implement national initiatives and activities to help states develop and implement effective career and technical education programs and accountability systems
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Skills Commons
The US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program has created a free and open online library called SkillsCommons containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development.  The Open Educational Resources (OER) are produced by community colleges across the nation and can be found, reused, revised, retained, redistributed and remixed by individuals, institutions, and industry.
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WorkforceGPS, Career Pathways Community of Practice
The Career Pathways Community of Practice helps workforce development leaders, practitioners, and policymakers expand state and local career pathways efforts currently underway or being planned. This CoP will enhance your knowledge, skills, and expertise in building effective career pathways systems. By participating in this CoP, you will be able to:

  • Explore promising strategies that have been working for others and might be easily replicable in your area;
  • Access training modules and toolkits designed to help support your efforts;
  • Easily stay up-to-date with the latest information on live training, webinars, and events; and
  • Learn from your state and local peers who are successfully implementing career pathways.

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Social Links

Follow on Twitter

Career Pathways Exchange: @Career_Pathways

COABE: @COABEHQ

LINCS: @LINCS_ED

National College Transition Network: @NCTN_WorldEd

National Skills Coalition: @SkillsCoalition

OTAN: @otan

World ED- USA: @WorldEdUS

Follow on Facebook

Career Pathways Exchange:
https://www.facebook.com/careerpathwayexchange
Career Pathways Discussion List:
https://community.lincs.ed.gov/group/career-pathways

Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) @COABEHQ
https://www.facebook.com/COABEHQ/

National College Transition Network:
https://www.facebook.com/NationalCollegeTransitionNetwork

National Skills Coalition:
https://www.facebook.com/nationalskillscoalition/

World Education-USA @worlded
https://www.facebook.com/worlded

Other State Resources

FLORIDA

Florida Adult Education Career Pathways Toolkit (developed by CORD, Inc.)
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PENNSYLVANIA
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Career Pathways in Pennsylvania
The following resources can be used by agencies to plan and implement a career pathways program. 
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Career Pathways Career Planning Assessment Tool – Pennsylvania Adult Education (adapted from the original tool in the “Six Elements” toolkit above.
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College and Career Readiness Standards: Career Awareness Context
A Checklist and Standards-Based Sample Activities
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COLORADO

Creating Career Pathways in Colorado: A step-by-step guide
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NEW YORK
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MINNESOTA’S fastTRAC
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