Wisconsin Technical Colleges Join Multistate Career Pathway Study
July 30, 2012 | By Jeff Engel | The Business Journal | Link to article
The Wisconsin Technical College System is teaming with nine states to create a framework of benchmarks and success measures for career pathway initiatives, a model of education that's viewed as a method of filling the skills gap in the state.
The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways will also partner with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Law and Social Policy and the Joyce and James Irvine Foundations, according to a WTCS press release.
"The WTCS has developed a number of new educational models that are nimble in responding to the changing education and training needs of both businesses and students," WTCS president Dan Clancy said in a written statement. "Our recent success with career pathways for both high school students and returning adults will only benefit from being part of the alliance."
Career pathways are a coordinated sequence of education and training services that simplify for students advancement in education and employment in an industry or job sector. WTCS career pathway plans target lower-skilled adults and high school students to help them earn the postsecondary credentials needed to compete for higher-skilled jobs.
The model has been gaining traction, but until this alliance there has been little research of what results in a successful program and how best to measure that success, according to WTCS.
The other participants are Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Virginia and Washington.
"Wisconsin should be proud of its involvement in this effort to increase the number of Americans with postsecondary credentials," Gov. Scott Walker said in the release. "I look forward to the results of this multi-state collaboration and am hopeful it will yield yet another route for Wisconsin students to learn the knowledge needed to help solve our state's skills gap."