Career Pathways

Career pathways are linked education and training services that enable students to advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in a given industry or occupational sector. Each step on a career pathway is designed to prepare students to progress to the next level of employment and education. The career pathways approach is a framework for weaving together adult education, training and post-secondary programs, and connecting those services to the workforce needs of employers.

Career Pathways Plan

Each adult education program receiving State subsidy, College Transitions grants or grants funded under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act as part of the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act is required to prepare a Career Pathways Plan. The plans assess a program’s current status in meeting the requirements and the steps the program will take to reach full compliance if all required components are not currently in place. For more information on the planning process, see the links below.

The deadline for submitting CP Plans is January 17, 2017.

Sample Plans

Read examples of plans from the following institutions:

Pathways Resources


Bridge Programs


  • Funding Career Pathways: A Federal Policy Toolkit. CLASP developed the Funding Career Pathways and Career Pathway Bridges Toolkit to help interagency state teams identify and use federal resources to support these models.
  • Guide to Coordinated Funding Streams (PDF). Steps and strategies for engaging partners, developing interagency agreements and implementing programs and services that utilize multiple funding sources. Provided by the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium.

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