Career Pathways

Peer TA Resources


The Office of Family Assistance launched the Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits, an online directory of free resources available for planning a Career Pathways initiative. Toolkits in this Catalog provide clear action steps for starting a Career Pathways initiative and help different sectors - education, workforce, human services, industry, and policy - learn to communicate with each other about resources and priorities.

Webinar / Webcast

The Office of Family Assistance hosted a Webinar on August 28, 2012 to provide Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agencies, workforce organizations, and other human services stakeholders with an overview of the strategies that can be used to provide low-income individuals with stackable credentials that will lead to long-term, sustainable employment. The Webinar featured information on what stackable credentials and career pathways are and how they can help low-income individuals...


The Welfare Peer TA Network hosted a Webinar entitled, “Green Jobs: Reaching TANF and Low-Income Populations” on March 10, 2010 from 2:00 PM EST to 3:30 PM EST. The Webinar included information on green jobs, job placement, workforce development, economic recovery, training, and job creation, specifically for low-income populations. Brent Orrell from ICF moderated this Webinar, and speakers included Jennifer Cleary from the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers...

Partner Resources

Research-To-Practice Brief

The merits of job training and apprenticeship programs are well known, but certain populations could stand to benefit more from these valuable tools if apprenticeship programs were expanded. Affordable child care and pre-apprenticeship trainings can help more women, low-wage workers, and parents develop the stability and skills needed to succeed in work-based learning programs. The National Skills Coalition lists components of successful pre-employment programs, including...

Policy Announcement / Memoranda
In April 2012, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services formed a Federal partnership and issued a letter of joint commitment to promote the use of career pathways to assist youth and adults in acquiring valuable skills and industry-recognized credentials through better alignment with employers of education, training and employment, and human and social services. Building on that work, the Departments have expanded support to multiple agencies to foster better...

In this U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) report, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. analyzed data from occupational employment projects in every state to determine promising occupations that require no more than 12 months of training beyond high school. Tables are available for each state, and each table ranks occupations from the highest to lowest number of projected annual openings. For...