Career Pathways





The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) is a membership organization for educators, employers and others involved in the advancement of Career Pathways, career technical education (CTE), and related education reform initiatives. The NCPN Advisory Board ensures that NCPN meets the requirements of the stakeholder groups, and to represent stakeholder interests. NCPN is housed at the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD). NCPN assists its more than 2,000 members in planning, implementing, evaluating, and improving secondary and post-secondary transition programs by facilitating the exchange of best practices among the country’s leading practitioners.


The Career Pathways Community of Practice helps workforce development leaders, practitioners, and policymakers expand state and local career pathways efforts currently underway or being planned. This CoP will enhance your knowledge, skills, and expertise in building effective career pathways systems.




Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a national nonprofit that builds educational and economic opportunity for underserved populations in the United States. JFF develops innovative programs and public policies that increase college readiness and career success and build a more highly skilled, competitive workforce.




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The Career Pathways Exchange is a free information service that consolidates and distributes career pathways-related resources, events, and information from federal and state agencies and partner organizations. The Exchange streamlines information from multiple outlets to facilitate a deeper national dialogue on career pathways systems development and implementation. In the Vice President’s Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity report, the Career Pathways Exchange is identified (page 69) as a way to help states and interested stakeholders to develop, expand, and strengthen their career pathways systems.







The National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (NCICTE) performs scientifically based research and evaluation to expand the understanding, increase the effectiveness, and improve the delivery of career and technical education (CTE). Making Career Pathways Work:
Curricular Design and Instructional Practice
is an online training offering approaches to help strengthen high school educators’ capacity to design and deliver standards-based, integrated curriculum and improve instructional practice. Lessons detail what college and career readiness means at the high school level and include concrete examples and practical guidance to help integrate Common Core State Standards with demanding technical skills—using meaningful work-based learning to complement instruction.







The National Career Clusters® Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality CTE programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study. In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career.

As an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction, Career Clusters provide the essential knowledge and skills for the 16 Career Clusters and their Career Pathways. It also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary curriculum and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps students discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career.



The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) and other career resources from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) group jobs by occupation using the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. Another way to sort jobs is with Career Clusters and pathways, a framework used by many schools and state agencies. Both methods of organizing career information are helpful for understanding the world of work, especially when they are used together.





The Competency Model Clearinghouse (CMC) offers two interactive on-line tools to help businesses, educators, and workforce professionals achieve their talent development goals: the Build a Competency Model Tool and the Build a Career Ladder/Lattice Tool. You can use these Guides in combination with the interactive tools or alone. The worksheets let you download the competencies and key behaviors of an industry model in several formats and work off-line on curriculum evaluation or other workforce related functions.


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