Workforce/Career Pathways

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As defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the term career pathway means a series of high-quality education, training, and other services that:

1. aligns with the skill needs of industries in the economy of the state or regional economy involved;
2. prepares an individual to be successful in any of a full range of secondary or post-secondary education options, including registered apprenticeships;
3. includes counseling to support an individual in achieving the individual’s education and career goals;
4. includes, as appropriate, education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster;
5. organizes education, training, and other services to meet the particular needs of an individual in a manner that accelerates the educational and career advancement of the individual to the extent practicable;
6. enables an individual to attain a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and at least one recognized post-secondary credential; and Revised May 2015
7. helps an individual enter or advance within a specific occupation or occupational cluster.

The role of Division-funded agencies is to help students acquire the knowledge and basic skills, including critical thinking and problem-solving, necessary to earn a secondary school credential and transition to and succeed in employment and/or post-secondary education or training.  (Adult Education and Family Literacy Guidelines for Program Year 2015-16, Pennsylvania Department of Education, April 2015)

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