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Shared Vision, Strong Systems:
The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework Version 1.0

The Alliance, or AQCP, is a partner-driven, CLASP-led initiative funded by the Joyce Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. The Alliance’s goal is to help state and local/regional partnerships strengthen their career pathway systems. In 2012, CLASP invited ten leading career pathway states—Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin— and their local/regional partners to join Phase I of the Alliance (2012-2014). CLASP and the Alliance partners jointly developed and provided consensus support for the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework 1.0, which establishes a common understanding of quality career pathways and systems. The Alliance framework provides a clear set of criteria and indicators for what constitutes a quality state and local/regional career pathway system, as well as metrics to assess participant progress and success. The framework is designed to help career pathway partners continuously improve their systems. It also can serve as a collaborative, comprehensive strategy for policymakers and funders to align and enhance their investments, technical assistance, and guidance for building, scaling, and sustaining career pathway systems. Dr. Darlene Miller, NCWE Executive Director, and Dr. Nan Poppe, NCWE Lifetime Member served on the National Advisory Group for AQCP.

Center for Law and Social Policy, 2014
Vicki Choitz, Project Director, and Manuela Ekowo, Project Manager

Portable, Stackable Credentials:
A New Education Model for Industry-Specific Career Pathways

Innovators in education, business, and the government have begun to invent new ways of doing business. This paper examines some of these new models, and concludes with a call to action for educational institutions, employers, and policymakers to come together to build on these beginnings and design a system of portable, stackable credentials embedded in transparent, more easily navigable career pathways.

McGraw-Hill Research Foundation, 2012
James T. Austin, Gail O. Mellow, Mitch Rosin, and Marlene Seltzer

State Sector Strategies Coming of Age:
Implications for State Workforce Policymakers

Today more than half the nation’s states are exploring or implementing sector strategies, making the model the most consistently adopted approach to meeting businesses’ need for skilled workers and workers’ need for good jobs. This report offers a snapshot of sector strategies today, an overview of what makes them different from traditional workforce and economic development programs, and a description of actions that state administrators and policymakers can take as part of a policy framework to support their creation and effective operation. It shows how sector strategies are evolving to integrate potentially powerful supply-side and demand-side activities, providing a means to integrate career pathway initiatives focused on the education and skills development of workers with the kind of high-growth industry clusters that have been the focus of economic development initiatives for decades.

National Governor's Association, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, and National Skills Coalition

Transforming Futures:
Building Maritime Career Pathways that Work

The maritime and transportation industry is undergoing a seismic shift. The need for maritime and transportation services is growing rapidly as the industry plays an increasingly critical role in national economic development and global competitiveness. However workforce development is not keeping pace and industry employers are seeking new ways and new partners to help identify, engage, train, and employ workers to meet the projected industry growth pattern. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Southeast Maritime and Transportation Center (SMART Center) is leading the way in creating and expanding career pathways to facilitate the worker education, training, and employment process for industry partners with the goal of replicating successful projects nationwide to stimulate sustainable growth of a well-equipped and knowledgeable workforce.

Tidewater Community College
Barbara Murray

Breaking Through: Helping Low-Skilled Adults Enter and Succeed in College and Careers

Breaking Through is focused on the development, refinement, and scale up of professional and technical pathways serving large number of low-income adults who enter community college underprepared for credit-level work. Since 2005, the Breaking Through Initiative (BT) has pioneered and demonstrated that by focusing on four (4) key strategies, community colleges across the country are able to move academically underprepared adults into postsecondary occupational and technical career programs.

Jobs for the Future and National Council for Workforce Education

Thriving in Challenging Times

The publication's title reflects an increasing awareness among American employers and business leaders of the critical role they must play in supporting successful education models in their local communities, particularly in challenging economic times.

Thriving in Challenging Times profiles 17 local and two statewide career pathways programs from across the U.S. by documenting the challenges, strategies, results, and business engagement each partnership has experienced. Featured industry sectors range from aerospace to healthcare to nuclear energy with business involvement ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations. Each program includes three essential elements for ensuring students are prepared for college and careers –secondary, postsecondary, and business/industry engagement components.

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce and The National Careers Pathways Network (2010)

Envisioning the Future: Career Pathways as a Systemic Framework Fully Implemented in Community Colleges

At the NCWE conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the National Council for Workforce Education and the League for Innovation presented the report, "Career Pathways as a Systemic Framework: A Call to Action”. More than 50 people attended the session which was organized into three breakout groups and framed by the six core elements identified in the report. Discussion about the report focused on the question: What would a community college that fully implemented Career Pathways look like? To get a practitioner's perspective on this question, a session was held at the NCWE conference in October 2007. This report reflects the results of this facilitated session.

National Council for Workforce Education (2008)

How to Build Bridge Programs That Fit into a Career Pathway

Helpful frameworks that can be applied to most career pathways, including basic vocabulary around career pathways, role of partners (higher education, employers, etc), sample of a cost center budgets, etc..

Instituto del Progreso Latino
R. Estrada

The Career Pathways How-To Guide

Career pathways as a concept has garnered tremendous momentum since first examined in Building a Career Pathways System: Promising Practices in Community College-Centered Workforce Development.

Having witnessed the eagerness of policymakers and practitioners for experimentation and innovation in this field, this report explores the "why and how” of career pathways projects currently up and running.

Workforce Strategy Center (2006)

Oregon's Career Pathway Roadmap Webtool

Oregon's Career Pathway Roadmap WebTool (OCPRW) source code is now available for downloading through an Open Source License Agreement. This web tool was developed by Oregon's Career Pathways Initiative in partnership with the Oregon Dept. of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and Oregon's 17 community colleges through the Oregon Pathways Alliance. Through the WebTool, more than 250 career pathway roadmaps have been developed across Oregon's 17 colleges.

Capturing the Essential Elements

This publication describes three examples of scaling efforts from the field, particularly their challenges (replicating a single-site model at multiple sites, multiple sites given wide latitude to develop on their own version of a conceptual model, and the multi-site start of a research-based model).

New York: Public/Private Ventures (2004)
D. Racine


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