Federal Agencies Issue Joint Letter of Support for Career Pathways

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families jointly released a letter of support for Career Pathways.

The joint letter, signed by each Federal agency's Assistant Secretary, encourages states and local areas to align resources that support integrated service delivery across Federal and state funding streams and calls for improved collaboration and coordination to support career pathways systems for youth and adults. This latest demonstration of Federal collaboration highlights a growing consensus that building effective career pathways systems provides a viable way to connect job seekers and workers to good -paying, high-demand occupations. 

Career Pathway programs offer a clear sequence of education coursework and/or training credentials aligned with employer-validated work readiness standards and competencies.  Career pathways systems are also built around sector strategies, stackable educational/training options, contextualized learning, accelerated education, industry-recognized credentials and intensive support services to meet the needs of youth and adults who are often working learners.

To view the joint letter, go to http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?docn=3536