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OCTAE Career Pathways Project Set to Launch

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June 26, 2014

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OCTAE Career Pathways Project Set to Launch 

The Moving Pathways Forward: Supporting Career Pathways Integration project is recruiting state participants for information exchange and technical assistance. This Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education initiative will help states develop and advance career pathways systems that facilitate low-skilled adults transitioning to postsecondary education and employment. By building upon the successes and lessons learned from earlier federal and state investments in career pathways, the project seeks to further integrate adult education into career pathways system development at the state and local levels.

The initiative includes intensive technical assistance for 14 states (Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin), as well as resources and more general technical assistance for other interested states. As part of the general technical assistance, states will work with a mentor to complete a needs assessment, identify at least one goal and an action plan to meet that goal. The project and goals will be organized around the six key elements of career pathways:

  • build cross-agency partnerships and clarify roles
  • identify sector or industry and engage employers
  • design education and training programs
  • identify funding needs and resources
  • align policies and programs
  • measure system change and performance

States will also have access to resources and tools as well as opportunities to interact with other states and with experts. The resource hub will be the Career Pathways Exchange, which will connect interested stakeholders to career pathways resources and activities on topics of their choosing from a large network of federal and state agencies and partner organizations. States are the focus, but programs should also find the resources in the Career Pathways Exchange helpful.

Recruitment for state teams is beginning now, and the project will wrap up in spring 2016. To find out more about technical assistance services available through Moving Pathways Forward or to complete an interest form, please contact cpexchange@kratoslearning.com. To sign up for the Career Pathways Exchange, visit http://lincs.ed.gov/programs/movingpathways.

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