In April 2012, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services formed a Federal partnership and issued a letter of joint commitment to promote the use of career pathways to assist youth and adults in acquiring valuable skills and industry-recognized credentials through better alignment with employers of education, training and employment, and human and social services.
Building on that work, we have expanded support to multiple agencies to foster better coordination of programs and services. Today, the Administration, through this Career Pathways Joint Letter, is demonstrating a strengthened commitment to promote career pathways, providing updated information and resources from the expanded Federal partnership to help States, regions, local entities and tribal communities integrate service delivery across Federal and State funding streams.
While state and local partners build career pathway systems, at the Federal level, we recognize that we can support our partners’ efforts through our policy, performance, and funding. For additional Federal career pathways resources and tools, click here.Additionally, the Departments continue to incorporate career pathways approaches into a wide range of program investments, evaluation and research activities, and technical assistance efforts. More information on Federal career pathways initiatives are located on the following Websites: https://peerta.acf.hhs.gov/ofa-initiative/103, http://cte.ed.gov, and of course this Community of Practice, https://careerpathways.workforcegps.org/, as well as the Websites of each Federal agency partner.