Career Pathways

Leads

  • Jennifer Patel, Deputy Sector Navigator for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Kathleen Porter, Executive Director, Career, Technical and Adult Education, Poway Unified School District
  • Betsy Lane, Associate Dean of Special Projects, Imperial Valley College

Purpose

  • To develop a regional career pathways system — linked to Guided Pathways development — that facilitates K-12 and Adult School transitions to community college, and success in pathways once students are enrolled. The model will focus on structural features (program-to-program and course-to-course linkages across systems, and course sequences at each college) and on “clarifying the pathway” for students (Pillar 1 in Guided Pathways). It will also identify and map associated curriculum components (e.g., the development of 21st Century Employability Skills), the continuum of work-based learning opportunities, and the comprehensive supports that students need to succeed (though these components will be developed in other work groups).

Goals

  • Convene K-12, community colleges, and Adult Education to create regional goals, student outcomes and metrics to define a career pathways system.
  • Develop guidelines for executive leadership to define, promote and measure a regional career pathways system.
  • Map existing career pathways from regional high schools into community colleges in the region’s industry sectors (cc or 4-year). Produce career pathways maps for the regional sectors from K-12 to postsecondary to career.
  • Identify program gaps between existing regional pathways and regional labor market and provide recommendations for providing programs that lead students into in-demand labor markets.
  • Convene high school and community college faculty to facilitate development of aligned career pathway curriculum and course sequences, between high schools and colleges, and between adult schools and colleges.
  • Build goals and strategies for career development at each grade level beginning in middle school and continuing through high school and bridging to the community colleges.
  • Develop WBL guidelines to determine the continuum of activities that will be offered from middle school through high school.
  • Convene high school and community college faculty to facilitate development of early college credit programs.

Outcomes

  • A map of pathway across the region identifying where pathways are located and connected across system
  • User-friendly materials for students to understand where pathways are offered and the dual enrollment options, courses, experiences, and certificates and transfer opportunities available across the region, together with entry and exit points along the way
  • Identification of opportunities for building of articulations and dual enrollment courses for high school and adult education students and for strengthening course sequences and course curriculum
  • A roadmap for DSNs and employer engagement staff to use in engaging employers by industry sector and occupation; a roadmap for any employers and industry associations to directly access information about pathways in the region to inform their strategic engagement with the colleges
  • A continuum of Career Development activities and strategies developed beginning in middle school and into high school.  A second Career Development continuum developed for Adult Ed/Non-credit Programs

Leading Indicators

  • All HS districts in CalPASS Plus
  • All HS districts upload data into CalPASS Plus
  • Regional goals, objectives and strategies created
  • K-12, community colleges and Adult Education met on an ongoing meeting schedule
  • Regional goals submitted to presidents and superintendents
  • Regional metrics submitted to presidents and superintendents
  • Measurement of progress toward goals on an annual basis
  • Career pathways maps created from regional high schools to community college programs
  • Gaps between high school programs and community college programs documented and disseminated.
  • Documentation of meeting between high school and community college faculty to develop and align curriculum based on regional labor market and documented gaps
  • Develop plans to address identified gaps in programs of study by creating sequential career pathways or programs of study between the high schools and community colleges
  • Completed guidelines or tools to support high school pathway development, leveraging past regional efforts
  • Goals and strategies for middle and high school career preparation documented and disseminated to middle school and high school partners
  • Goals and strategies criteria developed for the K-12 Component of the SWP application
  • Developed inventory of middle school and high school WBL activities
  • Articulation agreements completed (HS to CC)
  • Dual and/or concurrent enrollment courses developed

Workgroup Materials and Resources

  • MS/HS Career Development Continuum
  • Adult Ed Career Development Continuum

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