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Career Pathways for Youth:

Career Pathways for Youth Enough is Known for Action Webinar Series August 26, 2015 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

Career Pathways for Youth: Today’s Moderators:

Career Pathways for Youth: Today’s Moderators Sara Hastings U.S. Department of Labor Division of Youth Services Employment and Training Administration Hastings.sara@dol.gov U.S. Department of Labor Region 5, Employment and Training Administration, Chicago, IL Waddell.danielle@dol.gov Danielle Waddell

Today’s Agenda::

Today’s Agenda: WIOA and career pathways: The “new way of doing business.” What are career pathways (systems and approaches)? Federal Partnerships Overview of the Career Pathways Toolkit’s Six Key Elements Local Area Examples ( Hartford, Connecticut and Louisville, Kentucky ) Q and A

WIOA and Career Pathways: The New Way of Doing Business:

WIOA and Career Pathways: The New Way of Doing Business

Career Pathways Language in WIOA:

Career Pathways Language in WIOA Functions of the State and Local Board and Youth Program Design Requirements The State board shall assist the Governor in the development of strategies to support the use of career pathways for the purpose of providing individuals, including low-skilled adults, youth, and individuals with barriers to employment (including individuals with disabilities), with workforce investment activities, education, and supportive services to enter or retain employment; (Section 101 (d)(3)(B)) The local board , with representatives of secondary and postsecondary education programs, shall lead efforts in the local area to develop and implement career pathways within the local area by aligning the employment, training, education, and supportive services that are needed by adults and youth, particularly individuals with barriers to employment. (Section 107(d)(5)) Youth Program Design – (A) provide an objective assessment of the academic levels, skill levels, and service needs of each participant, which assessment shall include a review of basic skills, occupational skills, prior work experience, employability, interests, aptitudes (including interests and aptitudes for nontraditional jobs), supportive service needs, and developmental needs of such participant , for the purpose of identifying appropriate services and career pathways for participants …. (B) develop service strategies for each participant that are directly linked to 1 or more of the indicators of performance described in section 116(b)(2)(A)(ii), and that shall identify career pathways that include education and employment goals (including, in appropriate circumstances, nontraditional employment), appropriate achievement objectives, and appropriate services for the participan t taking into account the assessment conducted pursuant to subparagraph (A)... .. .. (Section 129(c)(1)(A and B))

WIOA Defines Career Pathways:

WIOA Defines Career Pathways WIOA Defines Career Pathways as a combination of rigorous and high-quality education, training, and other services that – aligns with the skill needs of industries in the economy of the State or regional economy involved 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; prepares an individual to be successful in any of a full range of secondary or postsecondary education options, including apprenticeships ; enables an individual to attain a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and at least recognized postsecondary credential ; and includes counseling to support an individual in achieving the individual’s education and career goals; helps an individual enter or advance within a specific occupation or occupational cluster . includes, as appropriate, education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational clusters;

Career Pathways Systems:

Career Pathways Systems The cohesive combination of partnerships, resources and funding, policies, data, and shared accountability measures that support the development, quality, scaling, and dynamic sustainability of career pathways and programs for youth and adults.

Career Pathways Approach:

Shared Vision, Strong Systems: The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework Version 1.0. CLASP, 2014. Career Pathways Approach

Where We’ve Been: Our Pathway:

Where We’ve Been: Our Pathway


Presenter Nancy Smith Brooks U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education Potomac Center Plaza Washington DC 20202-7241 nancy.brooks@ed.gov , P: 202 245 7774

Request for Information Summary Report (March 2015) :

Request for Information Summary Report (March 2015) Background RFI Content Responses and Analysis Facilitators and Barriers Respondent Recommendations Serve Diverse Populations Increase Funding Provide Technical Assistance Provide Greater Flexibility Support Additional Research Improve Performance and Outcome Measures Promising Practices/Success Stories   http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/CP_RFI.pdf

Advancing CTE in State and Local Career Pathways :

Advancing CTE in State and Local Career Pathways Advancing CTE states: Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/advancing-cte-in-state-and-local-career-pathways-system The Evolution and Potential of Career Pathways A Guide for the Development of Aligned Career Pathways Systems A Tool for Sustaining Career Pathways Efforts Strengthening Skills Training and Career Pathways Across the Transportation Industry paper (data chart book), A Guide for the Development of Career Pathways in Transportation Readiness Assessment for the Development of Career Pathways in Transportation Creating Career Pathways in Colorado: A Step-By-Step Guide http://www.sectorssummit.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Creating-Career-Pathways-in-Colorado.pdf Employability Skills Framework http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/employability-skills-framework


Presenter Lisa Washington-Thomas U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, lwashington-thomas@acf.hhs.gov

Career Pathways and Human Services:

Career Pathways and Human Services ACF is committed to Career Pathways as demonstrated by: participation on the Interagency workgroup; Support of the  National Dialogue on Career Pathways; D eveloping and renewing the Catalog of Career Pathways Toolkits available at https://cptoolkitcatalog.peerta.acf.hhs.gov /

Career Pathways and Human Services:

Career Pathways and Human Services ACF’s most significant investment in Career Pathways is the Health Profession Opportunity Grant. Here are two examples of successful grantees. The Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium in New York, applies smart choice practices to be responsive to the needs of employers and local economic conditions. The College of Menominee Nation in Wisconsin. They are a tribal grantee with a successful nursing career pathway and provides support career opportunities for program participants to transition from a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) career. Additional resources: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/hpog  

Career Pathways Six Key Elements:

Career Pathways Six Key Elements

Career Pathways-Six Key Elements:

Career Pathways-Six Key Elements #1: Build Cross-Agency Partnerships and Clarify Roles Roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and formalized. Create a leadership or steering committee to guide the development process. Clarify and formalize roles and responsibilities of the following : Workforce System Human service system CBO’s Employers Economic Development System Education System

Career Pathways-Six Key Elements:

Career Pathways-Six Key Elements #2: Identify Industry Sector and Engage Employers Sectors and industries are selected and employers are engaged in the development of career pathways. Determine labor market trends, skill development needs and opportunities, and employer preferences. Select employers or industry representatives and plan how to pitch the initiative to them. Plan how to work with employers in the different phases of the initiative (design, launch, operation, evaluation).

Career Pathways-Six Key Elements:

Career Pathways-Six Key Elements #3: Design Education and Training Programs Career pathway programs provide a clear sequence of education courses and credentials that meet the skill needs of high-demand industries. Provide a clear sequence of education courses and credentials that lead to postsecondary education/training and employment. Design programs to accommodate individuals regardless of their skill level at the point of entry. Design programs around high demand industries and career ladders that pay family-sustaining wages. Support programs through state legislation and administrative policies for sustainability.

Career Pathways-Six Key Elements:

Career Pathways-Six Key Elements #4: Identify Funding Needs & Sources Necessary resources are raised and/or leveraged to develop and implement career pathway programs. Identify resources needed to operate programs and core system components. Program development Professional development Operating costs Supportive services Ensure state and local partners work together to raise and leverage funding from federal, state, local, and foundation sources.

Career Pathways-Six Key Elements:

Career Pathways-Six Key Elements #5: Align Policies and Programs Federal, state, and local legislation or administrative policies promote career pathway development and implementation. Local and state partners identify key policy and program changes and actions needed. Partners actively coordinate efforts across the region and/or state and establish formal procedures to institutionalize system change. Agencies and programs collaborate to provide professional development across organizations and systems.

Career Pathways-Six Key Elements:

Career Pathways-Six Key Elements #6: Measure System Change and Evaluate Performance Track effect of policy changes and program designs on participant outcomes Arrange data-sharing agreements with key partners and employers, as appropriate Design systems for sharing performance information to support continuous learning and improvement

Our Piece of the Pie Pathways to Careers Initiative:

Our Piece of the Pie Pathways to Careers Initiative Director of Community Programs chanda.robinson@opp.org 860-761-7325 Chanda Robinson

Pathways to Careers Initiative Description:

Pathways to Careers Initiative Description Opportunity Youth 18-25 years old Supportive Services Barrier Reduction Academic Support Workforce Services Matched with a caring adult, Youth Development Specialist (YDS) Individual Success Plan Life and Leadership Skills Development Personal Development Advocacy Transportation Child Care Textbooks & School Supplies Uniforms/Professional Clothing Assistance with Tuition Gaps “Just In Time” Emergency Supports College Bridging (preparation, tours, etc.) Financial Aid Assistance Ongoing Tutoring/Academic Interventions High School Diploma Option Career Interest Inventories Career Competency Development Training Internship & Job Placement Stackable Credentials 1 Year Follow-Up Services

Pathways to Careers Initiative PARTNERSHIPS:

Pathways to Careers Initiative PARTNERSHIPS Funders Community Colleges Business Community Social Service & Mental Health Agencies Community Partners State/City Systems/ Government Schools (Including Technical) Parents Guardians

Pathways to Careers Initiative Challenges:

Pathways to Careers Initiative Challenges Challenges (Lessons Learned) Resolution Academic Rigor and (GRIT) Youth need additional academic assistance to succeed in coursework. Work with the college and OPP’s Academic Services to provide on-going academic assistance. Next step: to identify industry professionals to offer academic support & mentoring. Cultural Understanding College partner and employers lack understanding of working with urban youth. Advocacy and ongoing dialogue. OPP works with college partner and employers (individually and collectively) on best practices when serving with urban youth. Put things into perspective for youth. Need to Earn Youth can’t afford to go to school full-time or long-term without making money. Work with college partner to adjust course schedules/duration, allowing more flexibility (creation of multiple “On/Off” ramps. Work with business partners to coordinate internships and part-time opportunities around the school schedule. Systemic Partnerships In order to create true IMPACT, p artnerships should not be individualized or fragmented; rather a systemic (coordinated/intentional) Consistently meet with local leaders (i.e. educational institutions, businesses, local government, etc.) with evidence of success that will ultimately influence policy, align resources, and promote systems building.

Louisville, Kentucky :

Louisville, Kentucky Executive Director KentuckianaWorks Louisville, Kentucky Michael.gritton@kentuckianaworks.org 502.574.2500 Michael Gritton


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More jobs than one might think Most have good wages



Questions and Answers:

Questions and Answers

Upcoming Webinars (past webinar recordings on Workforce3one.org) :

Upcoming Webinars ( past webinar recordings on Workforce3one.org ) Implementing WIOA in Rural Areas September 30 th - 2:00pm EDT TANF Partnerships October 28 th – 2:00pm EDT System-Involved Youth November 18 th - 2:00pm EDT Last Wednesday of each month

Input on Future Webinar Topics:

Input on Future Webinar Topics Please let us know what topics would be of interest and importance to you and your local areas for future webinars in 2016.

Credentials that Count for Youth:

Thank You! Credentials that Count for Youth

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