ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION®
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Twelve federal agencies have joined together to take career pathways to the next level.
Four years after the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services released their first letter on the subject, a new joint letter reaffirms the federal government’s interest in and support for career pathways. It is a collaboration of the three previously named Departments, as well as Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Transportation and others.
The letter provides states, regions and local agencies with updated resources for building pathways, such as the Career Pathways Exchange and the Department of Labor’s Career Pathways Toolkit. It reiterates the definition of a career pathway set out in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 as “a combination of rigorous and high-quality education, training and other services that—
(A) aligns with the skill needs of industries in the economy of the State or regional economy involved;
(B) prepares an individual to be successful in any of a full range of secondary or postsecondary education options, including registered apprenticeships;
(C) includes counseling to support an individual in achieving the individual’s education and career goals;
(D) includes, as appropriate, education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster;
(E) organizes education, training and other services to meet the particular needs of an individual in a manner that accelerates the educational and career advancement of the individual to the extent practicable;
(F) enables an individual to attain a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and at least one recognized postsecondary credential; and
(G) helps an individual enter or advance within a specific occupation or occupational cluster.” [Section 3(7) of WIOA]
One of the resources shared in the letter is The Evolution and Potential of Career Pathways from the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. OCTAE is also offering technical assistance to further integrate CTE into the broader landscape of career pathways systems.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 05/16/2016 at 11:01 AM in Executive Branch, WIOA | Permalink
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