College and Career Pathway Development

What is it?
Clear pathways to college and career are critically important for students in their development to becoming successful and productive adults.  Early access and exposure to sector-based pathways is a great way for students to get connected with a goal and a program of study.

What are the indicators of success?

  • The high school academies (LL, CPA, etc.) and community college programs align to help students advance and accelerate in college and career options
  • Pathways are mapped to facilitate student understanding of seamless transitions and non-duplicative curriculum
  • Learning is aligned with industry-recognized certifications and stackable certificates, providing opportunity for students to build skills and a portfolio related to the career field
  • Commonly developed pathway design provides integrated and rigorous CTE and academic content so that students reach milestones and earn certificates along the way to transfer and degrees
  • Students have the opportunity to earn and learn as they explore a career field; internships and other work-based learning is available to support the advancement in college and career

 What research supports this work?

Developing a Road Map for Student Success: Facilitating the Establishment of Articulation between High Schools and CCCs in CTE areas
Strengthening Student Success Conference, October 9, 2013
Kris Costa, ASCCC & Michelle Pilati, ASCCC/Rio Hondo College

The presentation covers the various opportunities for curriculum development, including development of C-ID descriptors, model curriculum, articulation templates and local programs of study.

Portable, Stackable Credentials: A New Education Model for Industry-specific Career Pathways
James T. Austin, Gail O. Mellow, Mitch Rosin, Marlene B. Seltzer, November 2012

At the core of a 21st century, responsive education system are portable and stackable credentials that enable students of all ages to build careers with family-sustaining, middle class incomes. In such a system, students have the opportunity to both learn and earn by acquiring shorter-term credentials with clear labor market value even as they continue to build on these to access more advanced jobs and higher wages.

Strengthening Transitions by Encouraging Career Pathways: A Look at State Policies and Practices
CCRC, Katherine L. Hughes & Melinda Mechur Karp, 2006

This report identifies ways in which state policies can support students’ academic and labor market success by creating coherent systems of preparation for students entering technical fields. In particular, the report focuses on state policies that support the implementation of career pathways, such as those encouraged by the U.S. Department of Education’s College and Career Transitions Initiative, which span secondary and postsecondary education and culminate in rewarding careers.