This webinar from Abt Associates shares early findings on the effectiveness of career pathways strategies and shared practitioner insights from the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) study, a major rigorous evaluation of programs using a career pathways framework.
Career pathways strategies offer connected education and training steps between occupations in an industry sector, along with career and academic advising and other supports. The rapid rise of career pathways strategies nationally, including their emphasis in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, creates an urgent need for more evidence on this approach.
Webinar participants learned what the nine PACE programs offered to students and the programs’ early impacts on education, training, and career pathways employment. Participants also heard from three PACE programs—run by a community college, a community-based organization, and a local workforce board respectively— about program services, partnerships, and recruitment strategies, and what each program has learned about how to operate an effective career pathways program.