Provides the first assessment of how New York’s foray into Career Pathways is working.
“This study provides the first assessment of how New York’s foray into Career Pathways is working. We find that while New York’s Career Pathway program falls short of similar efforts in other states in critical ways, the program represents a significant step forward for workforce development in New York City and, with the right support and a few adjustments, could provide the cornerstone for a new, better integrated workforce system" (p.3). (Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

"While we find that New York’s Career Pathways pilot program is on the whole a positive experiment that should be continued, there are clear areas where improvements should be made. A key shortcoming is that New York’s Career Pathways initiative is not structured along the lines of career pathways systems established in other states. These systems provide more intensive training necessary to obtain skilled employment, typically a year’s study leading to a market-recognized credential. Related to this, states such as Oregon, Kentucky and Arkansas rely primarily on community colleges rather than community-based organizations, emphasize education rather than short- term vocational training to employment, manage their systems through close collaboration between state and local agencies and stakeholders, and fund programs on a multi-year basis to encourage long-term planning" (p.5). (Abstractor: Author)