Career Pathways in our Region
The Career Pathways strategy aims to increase education, training and learning opportunities through partnerships among community colleges, primary and secondary schools, workforce and economic development agencies, employers, labor groups and social service providers.
Working in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Pathway Innovation Network (PA-PIN) integrates the adult learner into the career pathway system to more fully align technical skill needs with training programs and activities. PA PIN is now mapping existing community assets and developing a Regional Plan to integrate Career Pathways into our schools’ systems.
Wallenpaupack District Area High School in Pike County is implementing a comprehensive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career pathway model facilitating academic development, career development, and personal/social development by:
- Providing systematic career planning to all students.
- Working with post-secondary and business partners to begin an early career planning process and create meaningful work based learning experiences.
- Providing transitional support throughout the secondary and post-secondary education levels.
- Developing rigorous plans of study including high level academic and career and technology education courses that support and enhance students’ career and educational goals.
What are the benefits of creating a College-Career Pathways System?
- Increased long-term partnerships among higher education, business, industry, and local leadership.
- Increased academic and skill achievement at secondary and post-secondary levels.
- Decreased need for remediation at the post-secondary level.
- Increased enrollment in post-secondary education.
- Increased rate of entry into employment or further education.
- Pipelines for students to combine school and work and advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training.
- Career focused curriculum and related experiences that support students as they transition to post-secondary education and enhanced training opportunities.
- Integration of regional labor market research and engagement of business and industry, creating opportunities for work based learning.
- Integration of programs and resources of community colleges and other education institutions, workforce agencies, and social service providers.
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