Supporting Education and Employment Success

Career Pathways offer an efficient and customer-centered approach to training and education by successfully articulating the appropriate secondary, adult basic education, postsecondary education and training, career and academic advising and supportive services to enter and progress in a career.

Successfully building career pathways requires active employer partnerships and a comprehensive, cross-functional approach within the technical colleges. The development, promotion and delivery of career pathways requires leadership at the top and the involvement of experts in curriculum design, instruction, student services, enrollment, financial aid, marketing and other areas.

Because these pathways are linked to education on "both sides," dynamic collaboration with state and local K-12 and four-year partners is also required.

With the support of an Exceeding the Cap grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Wisconsin continues to serve as a national model for career pathway development by working to take the career pathway approach to scale in Wisconsin.  Scale does not mean simply increasing the number of career pathways established; it means the full alignment and integration of pathway policy between systems through collaboration.

This effort has earned Wisconsin national recognition as a leader in the development of adult career pathways, including “career pathway bridges,” which provide an on-ramp to occupational education for basic education students and English Language Learners.