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The Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success was developed as part of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration’s Career Pathways Initiative to help guide state and local leaders in building and sustaining career pathway systems. This Toolkit offers a clear and user-friendly road map for administrators, service providers, practitioners, and policy makers seeking to develop career pathway systems at local, regional, and/or state levels. It details the Six Key Elements Framework, highlights promising practices, and provides tools designed to support visioning and strategic planning.

2011
Social Policy Research Associates
Developed on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor by Social Policy Research Associates

The main purpose of this planning tool is to help community colleges facilitate productive conversations and develop systemwide plans to raise student completion rates substantially. The planning tool is initially targeted at colleges participating in the Completion by Design initiative. Based on these colleges’ experiences and feedback, the planning tool will be revised and augmented as a living document, to capture and disseminate information about improving student completion rates.

This planning tool draws from the ideas described in Changing Course: A Guide to Increasing Student Completion in Community Colleges and is designed to serve as a complement to that document. Whereas the guide introduces the key goals and principles of the Completion by Design initiative, this planning tool offers a series of self-reflective questions to assist community colleges in examining their own areas of strength and their emphasis on increasing student success on their campuses. As colleges use these questions and other inquiry-based processes to rethink and redesign their services and programs, this planning tool also provides them with information about the range of practices that community colleges have used to improve student completion rates.

2011
Venezia, A., Bracco, K., and Nodine, T.
WestEd

This searchable database contains expert-identified and vetted research and planning documents to support Completion by Design colleges through the planning, decision making, and implementation stages.

2012
Completion by Design

This toolkit is a step-by-step guide to designing and implementing employee learning and career advancement projects for frontline workers.

The toolkit is designed for job-site practitioners of workforce development: human resources managers, staff developers, and others responsible for employee learning through union-based programs, community colleges, technical schools, and community-based organizations.

The toolkit incorporates material developed and used by employers and their educational partners. These include slide presentations, curricula, templates, and forms that support work-based learning. The toolkit also includes excerpts from practice briefs and case studies developed for Jobs to Careers, with links to the full documents.

2011
Jobs for the Future
Jobs for the Future

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) in the U.S. Department of Education is committed to improving the quality of reading instruction in adult education. To this end, OVAE has launched the National STAR Training Network (NSTN). NSTN helps state leaders, program administrators and classroom teachers deliver evidence-based reading instruction to intermediate-level adult learners.

Division of Adult Literacy
Office of Vocational and Adult Education