Career Pathways


  • Amertah Perman, Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development, SDCCD
  • Al Love, Senior Director, College and Career Leadership, SDCOE
  • Denise Cabanilla, Director, Higher Education and Adult Learning, IVCOE


  • 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).


  •  Facilitate intersegmental relationship building, communication, and monitoring of progress toward regional goals through regular collaborative engagements with K-12, community colleges, adult education/noncredit and other local workforce development representatives.
  • Support the collaborative growth of quality regional existing and new career education pathways through increased awareness of existing pathways and opportunities for strengthened alignment with industry and across educational segments (MS to HS, HS to College, AE to College, etc.).
  • Develop, implement, regularly update and promote a career mapping program finder that helps facilitate program alignment, and increase practitioner awareness of labor market gaps.
  • Increase K-12, adult education, noncredit and community college practitioners shared understanding of career pathway student success and the importance of equity.
  • Support the work of regional middle and high schools, adult education, noncredit and credit college programs to create and expand the integration of Work-Based Learning and career exploration into career education pathways.
  • Support the improvement and expansion of early college credit opportunities for students.


  • Strong, collaborative, and integrated working relationships across K16 career education pathways focused on regional strong workforce goals and priority sectors.
  • Adaptable career pathways that meet regional priority workforce demands.
  • Accessible high quality career education pathways to high-wage, high-demand occupations that include career exploration, work-based learning, and pathway accelerators for all students.
  • Equity in regional career education pathways’ student success.
  • Broad awareness and understanding of regional career pathways from middle school and high school, adult education, and community college.

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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