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Career Pathways Leading Improved Services

Posted on 05/23/2016

Ed Homeroom

Ensuring that everyone in this nation is equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed is crucial in our competitive, global economy. One key part of this effort is ensuring that young people and adults of all skill levels who are transitioning to new careers or looking to enhance their careers receive the supports they need to do so. Too often, though, our systems for helping hard-working Americans acquire marketable and in-demand skills can be complex and difficult to navigate for students, job seekers, and employers alike. The good news is that career pathways are a promising solution to that challenge. Career pathways are integrated collections of strategic programs and services that help students and job seekers transition from education to employment. They connect the necessary adult basic education, occupational training, postsecondary education, career and academic advising, and support services so that students and workers can successfully prepare for, obtain, and progress in their career.

While career pathways are not a new concept to our communities, convening 12 agencies across the federal government to work together to promote career pathways is historic and is critical for promoting further scale. Learn more about the process in a blog post authored by Mark H. Greenberg, the Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Johan E. Uvin, the Deputy Assistant Secretary Delegated the Authority of the Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education, and Portia Wu, the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Source: Homeroom, the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education, May 9, 2016 External link opens in new window or tab

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