In July 2018, CLASP hosted a convening with state education and workforce development leaders, national organizations, advocates, funders, and federal agency staff to share perspectives on four current, critical areas of career pathways work.
Low-skilled workers need adult education, postsecondary education, and job training to develop skills and secure good jobs. When these systems aren’t in sync, it creates barriers to success. That’s why CLASP works with states, federal agencies, and colleges to develop career pathways—linked education and training services that enable students to advance to higher levels of education over time. Career pathways create economic stability and mobility by providing on and off ramps, allowing people to enter the workforce and return to education and training opportunities when it’s best for them.
Integrated Education and Training (IET) is a promising career pathways approach. It helps educationally underprepared adults pair foundational skill building with workforce preparation and training in in-demand occupations. Through IET programs, adults obtain goal-oriented, relevant, practical knowledge that leads to economic success.