Career Pathway Systems: Lessons from Miami

This brief profiles Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ efforts to establish career pathway systems for its students. These efforts focus on providing students with coursework that builds their competencies in core academic and career areas, and provides opportunities to earn postsecondary and workforce credentials. Key features of the district’s career pathway systems include early career exploration, strong partnerships with postsecondary and workforce institutions, and emphasis on college and career in school curriculum and culture.

The Role of Business in Promoting Educational Attainment: A National Imperative

As the economy grows dependent on a skilled workforce, the fact that fewer than 40 percent of Americans have a college degree raises an important question: What is being done to improve the educational attainment of our workforce? This report discusses the importance of postsecondary educational attainment, both for individuals and for companies; presents the results of focus groups and interview research; and concludes with a set of recommendations for employers, employees, higher education leaders, and policymakers. 

Planning for Higher Education Programs: Effectively Using Data and Modeling to Understand Workforce Needs

Educators and policymakers responsible for planning degree and certificate programs have a wide range of quantitative and qualitative workforce data available to support their decision making. Although the use of this information is usually limited to managing ongoing programs, these data also can contribute to supporting broader scans of occupations and fields of study in which new programs might be needed.

Engaging Key Stakeholders in the Career Pathways Design Process

Our  three-part webinar series "Career Pathways—Leveraging CTE to Enhance Learning for All Students"  will explore key aspects of designing a career pathways system for all students.  Presenters will share stories from the field, including strategies and lessons learned from states grappling with similar issues. Further, the series will highlight existing tools that states can use to promote and guide the career pathways work.

Classroom to Career: Leveraging Employment Data to Measure Labor Market Outcomes

Information on postsecondary labor market outcomes is becoming increasingly important for students, educators, institution leaders, and policymakers in today’s rapidly changing economy. This paper assesses the current landscape of employment data, proposing technical enhancements to help agencies and institutions more effectively collect and share information. Recommendations on federal and state policies to better inform students and other key stakeholders about labor market outcomes are also provided.

Setting a Statewide Vision for Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning is an educational strategy that offers students an opportunity to reinforce and deepen their classroom learning, explore future career fields, and demonstrate their skills in an authentic setting. This article from Advance CTE highlights how states can set a vision for work-based learning and provides some key questions when setting this statewide vision. The article highlights an example from Tennessee and their strategy for strengthening work-based learning. 

Removing Legal Barriers Around Work-Based Learning

Education leaders and employers across the country are working together to develop a well-prepared and competitive workforce. Work-based learning is an effective strategy for connecting students’ classroom learning to their future careers. This article from Advance CTE discusses the state’s role is removing potential legal barriers around work-based learning and provides key questions to ask when confronting those legal barriers. The article also highlights examples from New Jersey.

On Track: Redefining Readiness in Education and the Workplace

Popular conceptions of college and career readiness are growing beyond strictly academic competencies such as literacy and numeracy. New thinking on the many dimensions of preparedness has produced volumes of research and scores of new products, making the process for educators and employers to focus on the readiness paradigms that suit their needs very difficult. This paper attempts to clarify the readiness landscape.

MDRC Research on Career Pathways

As postsecondary credentials have become increasingly important for accessing higher quality employment, a growing number of education and workforce programs are implementing career pathways approaches to help both youth and adults prepare for further education and better jobs. In recent years, MDRC has conducted research on a range of career pathways programs and their components.

Career and Technical Education: Five Ways that Pay Along the Way to the B.A.

In the United States, postsecondary education and training have become more necessary than ever. Completing this education and training is the new threshold one must meet for access to a middle-class life. Unlike other countries, the American career and technical education (CTE) system provides inroads to further education and college degrees; promotes career mobility as an avenue for lifelong learning; and provides retraining for workers who have seen their jobs shipped overseas or outmoded by technological advancements. This report has two parts.


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