Updated Resource for States: Toolkit on Federal Funding for Career Pathways
Mar 26, 2013
By Neil Ridley
CLASP announces the release of an updated resource, Funding Career Pathways and Career Pathway Bridges: A Federal Funding Toolkit for States. This toolkit is designed to help interagency state teams identify and facilitate "braiding" of federal resources to build career pathways for adults and out-of-school youth.
Career pathways are an approach that many states are adopting to fix fragmented and leaky educational pipelines, so that adults and out-of-school youth can succeed in postsecondary education and employment. Career pathways are linked education and training services that enable students to advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in a given industry or occupational sector. Each step on a career pathway is designed to prepare students to progress to the next level of employment and education.
The 2010 edition of the funding toolkit was widely cited and used at the federal, state, and local levels. This new edition, which was developed with support from the Joyce Foundation, includes fresh state and local examples and revised program profiles reflecting critical legislative and administrative changes to key federal programs. Of all the elements of career pathways, support services are among the most important for ensuring student success, yet they are also the most difficult to fund. A new appendix identifies 10 federal funding sources that can be used to provide a wide range of support services.
Since the release of the first edition of the toolkit, momentum to build and expand the use of career pathways has increased considerably. In 2012, the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor issued a joint letter highlighting their commitment to building the research base and expanding this promising strategy across the country. Each of these departments has also issued competitive grants encouraging implementation of pathways for different populations. To support further implementation, CLASP has launched the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways, a state-driven initiative to develop a framework for high-quality career pathways, including criteria and performance metrics.
Click here to access the revised toolkit, Funding Career Pathways and Career Pathway Bridges: A Federal Funding Toolkit for States>>