This report examines the role the state can play in instituting the career pathways framework, which can be a key strategy for linking low-income, low-skilled adults to education and training that leads to family supporting jobs.

“Supported by the Working Poor Families Project as well as the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, this report examines the role the state can play in instituting the career pathways framework, which can be a key strategy for linking low-income, low-skilled adults to education and training that leads to family supporting jobs. The report documents the strategies, challenges, and lessons learned from these states in implementing this approach and should serve as a resource for other states that are interested in utilizing a career pathways framework.” (Abstractor: Author)

Full title: Charting a Path: An Exploration of the Statewide Career Pathway Efforts in Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin


Major Findings & Recommendations

"Implementing a career pathways framework statewide requires careful consideration of several key elements: • Potential partners that represent a variety of interests, including postsecondary education, social services, business and industry, employment and training, workforce development, and state government. • The commitment and capacity of colleges to transform the way they do business and organize their work around the principles at the core of career pathways. • The ability to gain political support and identify sources of funding and maintain that support as leadership changes occur. • The infrastructure needed to track and share data across multiple information systems. • The needs of students, both in terms of educational and support services, combined with the needs of business and industry. Addressing these issues takes time and a great deal of relationship building, but the result can be a new, robust way of delivering education that helps low-income residents move from the margins toward economic stability" (p. 43). This resource is less of a study and more like a report on different Career Pathways. Although it provides outcome data based on several examples, it mostly summarizes other research's outcomes data on these programs.