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Career Pathways

What is it? A career pathway is a schematic or mapped series of manageable education and training steps toward industry-aligned skills and credentials and career advancement. Each step is designed to prepare individuals for employment while providing a clear pathway within an industry to a next level of education and training. Pathways may also include necessary credentials and supportive services. 

Who provides it? Career pathways initiatives or approaches within a local workforce system engage multiple organizations and stakeholders to create a framework for advancement that is clear to employers and workers and eases transitions across different organizations and programs within the workforce system.

Why is it important? Career pathways is a strategy to help individuals and training providers think in terms of careers and advancement, not just a single job. The idea is to give individuals in low-wage jobs or with low skills the opportunity to access better jobs and to help employers meet their needs for skilled workers.