While 51% of Massachusetts adult education students are employed, most are in low-wage, poor-quality jobs without benefits, schedule stability, or opportunities for advancement. Statewide, unemployment rates are higher for adults with less education; for example, 15% of adults without a high school diploma are unemployed, compared to 9% of those with a diploma and some college.

In order to help learners access greater employment and economic opportunities as well as achieve the vision and outcomes of WIOA, AE programs need to infuse career pathways and next steps preparation into overall program design and communicate a culture of college and career readiness at every level and type of instruction.

The SABES Program Support PD Center offers PD, resources, and guidance to support career pathways program and service delivery on topics such as: promising MassSTEP models (IET and IELCE); strengthening WIOA partnerships; integrating career awareness; identifying on-ramps to high demand industry sectors; and workplace education.

See below and in the Calendar and Resource Library for career pathways PD and resources.

Career Pathways: Upcoming Events


How Instructors and Advisors Can Use Labor Market and Career Exploration Data (Online Facilitated)

This two-part series provides instructors and advisors with the tools and strategies they need to incorporate labor market and career...


Navigating Pathways to Opportunity: Comprehensive Student Supports (Online Facilitated)

Navigating Pathways to Opportunity prepares advisors, coaches, and college and career navigators to provide the comprehensive supports students need to...

Career Pathways: Resources, Research and Curriculum


Understanding and correctly using workplace credential terminology will enhance our communications with students, employers, workforce agencies and...


Thanks to our state partnership with the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC), you are invited to join the online launch and overview of the...


This is a curated list of resources and on-demand professional development for those working on, or planning, MassSTEP programs (IET and IELCE...

Career Pathways: Our Team

Project Coordinator
Project Associate
Senior PD Specialist
Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist