Career Pathways is a workforce development approach to building a knowledgeable workforce. Career pathways are comprehensive — articulating education and training steps between occupations in an industry sector, combined with support services, to enable individuals to enter and exit at various levels and to advance over time to higher skills, recognized credentials, and better jobs with higher pay.
Each step on a career pathway is designed explicitly to prepare individuals to progress to the next level of employment and/or education. Individuals are aware of the pathway, connections are transparent, and next steps are clear to reach their career goals. Career pathways strategies target jobs in industries of importance to local and regional economies and build strong relationships with employers. Career pathways operate at two levels — systems and individual program levels.