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

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...
Research-To-Practice Brief
This issue brief features examples of career pathways initiatives that incorporate the work of employers, educators, and workforce development practitioners. It describes principles for successfully implementing career pathways programs that allow hard-to-employ populations to enter and advance in the workforce.
Authored by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor, this report summarizes the responses received from a joint Request for Information in April 2014, which solicited information on career pathways. Respondents included information on barriers as well as facilitators to career pathways program development and promising practices.

SSRC Resources


This collection of state-level analyses details promising occupations expected to experience growth through 2022 that someone can enter after completing a relatively short-term training.

This product includes an introductory piece and ten appendices comprised of tables with state-level findings for each of the ACF Regions. The tables include information for the U.S. as a whole, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. (author introduction)

In recent years workforce development and welfare reform policy and programs, as well as the nation’s technical and community colleges, have been faced increasingly with the challenge of preparing low-income individuals with limited vocational skills and work experience for better-...
Stakeholder Resource

Employer engagement in Adult Career Pathways (ACP) programs can strengthen the efforts of adult educators to help learners attain secondary credentials, transition to  postsecondary programs, achieve industry credentials, and secure family-sustaining employment. Whether employer contributions result in the development of workplace  relevant curriculum, career awareness activities, work-based  learning opportunities, or in-kind support for equipment and other...