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Career Pathways

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) established career pathways as an integral piece of the workforce development strategy. A career pathway is a combination of education, training, and social services that align with the skill needs of industries to enable low-income, low-skilled adults to achieve post-secondary credentials and higher paying employment. Through a partnership with community colleges, primary and secondary schools, workforce and economic development agencies, employers, labor groups, and social service providers, career pathways enable individuals to develop academic and “employability” skills that help them place into high opportunity jobs.

Career pathway programs include adult basic education such as literacy, numeracy, and high school equivalency instruction. Participants may enter a pathway at any of these levels, as well as at the post-secondary level. Each step on a career pathway is designed to prepare students to progress to the next level of employment or education. For adults, career pathways may also be a web or link between differing jobs. They may develop a set of skills at the beginning of one job family and find that those skills are also applicable in another sector. This allows individuals to enter a new career pathway without starting over.

Career Pathways Resources

PA Workforce Development Association