Definition of Career Pathways
While the term Career Pathways can have different meanings, in this context, a career pathway is “a series of connected education and training programs, work experiences, and student support services that enable individuals to secure a job or advance in a demand industry or occupation.”
More specifically, it’s referencing CO HB15-1274 which concerns “the creation of Career Pathways for students for critical occupations in growing industries,” and leverages the Talent Pipeline Report for identifying top jobs (defined as having above average growth rates, high annual openings, and offer a living wage).
To date, Career Pathways have been developed for Advanced Manufacturing (via HB13-1165 and TAACCCT/CHAMP Grant) and Information Technology (IT) (via HB15-1274). The two career pathways under development for Academic Year (AY) 16-17 are Healthcare and Construction & Skilled Trades.
: Career Pathways for Students & Job Seekers
Careers in Colorado, website collegeincolorado.org, is the free, state-hosted resource for Career Pathways work, and currently contains industry information in Advanced Manufacturing, IT, Healthcare, and Construction & Skilled Trades. The interactive Career Pathways tool launched for the IT industry in March, 2017.
: For Education, Workforce, & Industry
Sector Partnerships and Career Pathway Systems are helping to grow Colorado’s Talent Pipeline. A sector partnership is an industry specific regional partnership led by business in partnership with economic development, education, and workforce development. A career pathway system aligns public partners and engages them in a continuous conversation that is led by industry to ensure that job-seekers and students move seamlessly through and among support programs, educational institutions, training opportunities, and work-based experiences.
For more details and toolkits, visit the Colorado Workforce Development Council’s resources at SectorsSummit.com.
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