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This facilitated online course will help you design program elements that prepare students to progress along a career pathway, an increasingly important outcome under WIOA. The course uses reading assignments, webinars, and virtual office hours with the facilitator to build knowledge, generate application ideas, and guide participants through an investigation of key aspects of career pathway program design.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Practitioners who are unfamiliar with, or have limited knowledge of, the core elements of career-focused or career pathways design and implementation
  • Program administrators as well as instructors and advisors wanting a comprehensive overview of career pathways
  • Programs might consider enrolling a multidisciplinary team of staff who can work together on an action plan.

Career-focused programming that helps students prepare for the workforce and progress along an education and career pathway is increasingly important under WIOA. Therefore, all adult educators can benefit from a study of and reflection on key career pathway elements, regardless of whether they are funded specifically to provide adult career pathways programs.

This facilitated online course uses reading assignments, webinars, and virtual office hours to build knowledge, generate application ideas, and guide participants through an investigation of effective bridge to career program design, partnership development and employer engagement.  During the course, you will develop an action plan for incorporating strategies into program design and instruction.  

Course Content

The course is organized into three learning modules on the following topics. Each reflects a key element of successful WIOA implementation and career pathway and bridge program design.

  •  Module 1 – Collaboration among multiple organizations
  •  Module 2 – Engaging employers
  •  Module 3 – Bridge and career pathway program design 

Learning Activities

  • Online study – Readings and online resources with guiding questions from the facilitator
  • Webinars – Participation in three webinars featuring discussions with practitioners (from MA and other states) who have expertise in career pathway design
  • Virtual Office Hours – Attendance in one office-hour session to raise questions, discuss action plan ideas, and get assistance with action plan development from the course facilitator and peers

Course Schedule:

  • Module 1: Collaboration among multiple organizations (January 16–31, 2017)
  • Webinar 1: Tuesday, January 31, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
  • Module 2: Engaging employers (February 6, 2017–March 8, 2017)
  • Webinar 2: Tuesday, February 28, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
  • Virtual office hours 1: Tuesday, March 7, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Module 3: Bridge and career pathway program design (March 9–28, 2017)
  • Webinar 3: Tuesday, March 21, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Virtual office hours 2: Tuesday, March 28, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Action plans are due April 14, 2017.

Estimated time: 16 hours between January and April

To earn a certificate of completion and 16 professional development hours, you must:

  • Complete all readings and assignments
  • Attend all three webinars
  • Participate in at least one office-hour session
  • Complete an action plan 
Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify key strategies for developing career pathways partnerships and consider how they can be applied to your local setting
  • Identify key strategies for engaging employers in efforts to expand career-focused programming and consider how they can be applied apply these strategies to your local setting
  • Identify key elements of bridge and pathway programming and ideas for incorporating elements into your program design
  • Develop an action plan to further develop and apply concepts and strategies appropriate to your program design and setting
01/16/2017 - 9:00am
End Date: 
04/14/2017 - 4:00pm
PD Center: 
Topic Area: 
Career Pathways
College and Career Readiness
Collaboration/Community Planning
Education and Career Planning
Educational Leadership
ESOL/English Language Learner
High School Equivalency (HiSET/GED)
PDP Eligible: 
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