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Career Pathways Tools

ABE Career Connections: A Manual for Integrating Adult Basic Education into Career Pathways (ABECC) – This manual from OCTAE describes approaches to implementing pathways components, offers examples from the ABECC sites and the challenges they encountered, and provides resources.

Aligning K-12 and Postsecondary Career Pathways with Workforce Needs – This paper summarizes state policymaking activity on this topic as implemented in 13 states.

Bridges to Careers for Low-Skilled Adults: A Program Development Guide  This resource helps practitioners better understand career pathways programs and expand practitioners’ professional knowledge.

Building Career Pathways for Adult Learners: An Evaluation of Progress in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin After Eight Years of Shifting Gears  This report covers efforts to institutionalize, sustain, and scale Adult Education Bridge Programs in three states: Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Career Pathways Explained: A Strategy to Help Workers and Employers Meet Today’s Job Skill Demands – this presentation from CLASP covers the requirements for establishing career pathways and systems. It also gives examples of how they work.

Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers – The five practices featured in this report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce are the beginning of a smart education and career guidance system, offering state examples and tools.

How to Build Bridge Programs that Fit into a Career Pathway – This resource is a step-by-step guide based on the Carreras en Salud program in Chicago.

LINCS Resources for Career Pathways – this LINCS page offers a variety of papers, reports, web sites and toolkits related to WIOA and employment training

National Career Pathways Network – NCPN is an organization dedicated to advancing career pathways, career technical education and related education reform initiatives. Their website features publications, videos and other best practices from around the nation.

A Tool for Sustaining Career Pathways Efforts – This paper outlines key considerations for putting career pathways into operation and provides a checklist of action items that can be used to assess the status of their sustainability efforts.
 

General Workplace Preparation

Equipped for the Future – EFF standards address communication, decision-making, interpersonal and lifelong learning skills. The EFF framework offers tools to facilitate the EFF approach to teaching, learning, and assessing for program improvement.

National Skills Coalition – “National Skills Coalition is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper.” Their website offers information on federal and state policy, national initiatives, news, resources and events.