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Career Pathways Policy Committee. Career Pathways: A sequence of education and training services that enable the student, often while they are working, to advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in a given industry or occupational sector. Agenda.

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Career Pathways Policy Committee

Career Pathways: A sequence of education and training services that enable the student, often while they are working, to advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in a given industry or occupational sector.


1:30pm – 1:40pm Welcome and Introductions

1:40pm – 2:30pmSmall Group Brainstorm and Discussion

2:30pm – 3:00pm AQCP

3:00pm – 3:25pm Discussion

3:25pm – 3:30pm Closing and next steps



Policy Recommendations

Narrow using values

Generate Ideas

Identify goal/objective (Where do we want to go)

Understanding Current Reality (Where are we now)


small group discussion and brainstorm
Small group discussion and brainstorm
  • Discuss what a statewide career pathways system might look like.
    • As this discussion unfolds, each group should attempt to draw a diagram/picture of the system. This does not have to be pretty, its not for external communication but rather group process.
  • Brainstorm 3 concrete recommendations that would strengthen the system, expand the number of people participating, or improve/ensure quality
minnesota and the alliance for quality career pathways

Minnesota and The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways

GWDC Career Pathways Committee


recent federal support for adult career pathways
Recent Federal Support for [Adult] Career Pathways
  • Grants
    • Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HHS, 2010)
    • Workforce Innovation Fund and TAACCCT (round II) grants (DOL, summer/fall 2012)
    • Advancing Career and Technical Education in State and Local Career Pathway Systems (OVAE, 2012)
  • Guidance and TA
    • Federal Career Pathways Institute (DOL and ED, 2010-2011)
    • Joint letter of commitment to promote use of career pathways (DOL, ED, and HHS, April 2012)
  • Evaluation
    • ISIS evaluation of career pathway programs (HHS, launched in late 2007; 10 year initiative)
  • Looking forward
    • Spring 2013: WIF “Pay for Success” model
    • Rounds III and IV of TAACCCT
    • $8b Community College to Career Fund in the President’s FY14 budget
    • $12.5b Pathways Back to Work in the President’s FY14 budget
    • All indications are that the federal government will continue to support and promote career pathways
state and foundation support for career pathways
State and Foundation Support for Career Pathways
  • ~17 have explored or adopted career pathways for educationally underprepared adults and youth: AR, CA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MN, NC,OH, OR, PA, VA, WA and WI
  • Several states have explored or adopted career pathways for high school-to-college
  • Major national initiatives including:
    • Ford Bridges to Opportunity
    • NGA Pathways to Advancement
    • Breaking Through
    • Shifting Gears
    • Accelerating Opportunity
the alliance for quality career pathways
The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways
  • National initiative funded by the Joyce Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation; CLASP is the lead and facilitator
  • The goal of AQCP is to identify a framework that defines high-quality career pathway systems
  • 10 Alliance States: AR, CA, IL, KY, MA, MN, OR, VA, WA, WI,
  • National Advisory Group of ~15 national organizations and experts including NYEC, JFF, NSC, CORD, CEWD, Working Poor Families Project, Abt Associates, ConnectEd, and adult education and CTE state directors.
  • The final product will be a customizable framework of criteria, indicators, metrics and a self-assessment tool that can be used to
    • Enhance the quality of existing career pathway efforts
    • Develop high-quality new career pathway efforts; and
    • Inform evaluation(s) of career pathway efforts.
who s tracking the alliance
Who’s Tracking the Alliance?
  • Federal Agencies
    • Federal Interagency Group on Career Pathways (Labor, OVAE, HHS) –

Jan. 2013 presentation + CLASP asked to do regular updates

    • OMB meetings
    • CLASP aiming to coordinate closely with OVAE Advancing CTE
  • Other States
    • Presentation at NGA winter workforce meeting – Feb. 2013
  • The Field
    • National Coalition for Workforce Education – Oct. 2012
    • Adult educators – March 2013 COABE presentation; Oct. 2013 USCAL
    • Community colleges – February 2013 presentation at AACC/ACCT meeting
    • CTE directors – April 2013 presentation
  • Funders
    • CLASP presentation to workforce funders – Feb. 2013
    • National Fund for Workforce Solutions – June 2013
working definition of career pathways
Working Definition of “Career Pathways”

Career Pathways: An approach to connecting progressive levels of basic skills and postsecondary education, training, and support services in specific sectors or occupations in a way that optimizes the progress and success of individuals – including those with limited skills and experiences – in securing marketable credentials, family-supporting employment, and further education and employment opportunities.

[Add: In our state, career pathways include…]

minnesota s aqcp team
Minnesota’s AQCP Team

CP Alliance Traveling Team

Melanie Burns – MnSCU

Marguerite Dummer – Hennepin Technical College

Alyssa Klein – DEED/VR, youth, disabilities

Judy Mortrude – DEED/MN FastTRAC staff

Mark Toogood – TANF, DHS

Annie Welch – DEED/WDD

CP Alliance Home Team

Doug Binsfeld – Central Lakes College

Leslie Crichton – DEED

Rich Davy – DLI

Julie Dincau – MDE ABE

Meredith Fergus – OHE

Larry Hosch – DHS

Karen Hynick – MnSCU

Anne Kilzer – MWCA

George Kimball – DOC

Brian Paulson – GTCUW

Pat Pawlak – DOC

Nola Speiser – DEED/MN FastTRAC staff

Deb Serum – DEED/PPM

Tony Thomann – Central MN Jobs and Training

Katie Vacarie - MnSCU

virginia s path toward a statewide system
Virginia’s path toward a statewide system

Virginia SB 1177, Virginia Workforce Council; powers and duties:Gives their state WIB the power to coordinate planning around more of the 26 silo-edprograms that do career pathway

  • How might we use the tool created by AQCP to advance our work?
  • Are there “buckets” or policy topics that we can see emerging?
  • Are there any recommendations that were brainstormed earlier that we should focus and expand on?
upcoming meetings
Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, September 26th, 1:30-3:30pm

Wednesday, October 30th, 1:30 – 3:30pm