Tuesday, April 06, 2021 3:30 PM ~ 5:00 PM ET

This webinar will focus on strategies for applying the evidence-based recommendations from the Practice Guide to help administrators, staff, and faculty at community colleges effectively develop and implement career pathways and career and technical education initiatives at their colleges.


On March 23, IES released a new practice guide that focuses on guidance for implementing career pathways at community colleges associated with improving postsecondary student learning and labor market outcomes. Compiled by a panel of national experts and practitioners, the practice guide offers five evidence-based recommendations:

  1. Intentionally design and structure career pathways to enable students to further their education, secure a job, and advance in employment.
  2. Deliver contextualized or integrated basic skills instruction to accelerate students’ entry into and successful completion of career pathways.
  3. Offer flexible instructional delivery schedules and models to improve credit accumulation and completion of non-degree credentials along career pathways.
  4. Provide coordinated comprehensive student supports to improve credit accumulation and completion of non-degree credentials along career pathways.
  5. Develop and continuously leverage partnerships to prepare students and advance their labor market success.

This webinar will offer community college leaders and staff guidance on how to develop, implement, and support career pathways or career and technical education initiatives at their college. The strategies shared by the expert panelists may also interest employers, labor unions, and industry associations that wish to collaborate with community colleges to design or operate workforce development strategies that are responsive to the preparation and training needs of the modern workforce.


  • Hope Cotner, President & CEO of the Center for Occupational Research and Development;
  • Debra Bragg, President of Bragg & Associates and founding director of two university research centers on community college education;
  • Grant Goold, Director of Pathway Development at Futuro Health;
  • Eric Heiser, Provost of Central Ohio Technical College;
  • Darlene G. Miller, Executive Director for the National Council for Workforce Education; and
  • Michelle Van Noy, Associate Director of the Education and Employment Research Center at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.