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


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...


Picture This Job: Career Exploration for Beginning Level Learners

Some educators think that students need a solid foundation in English before they can begin learning about careers. The world...


Using Career Contextualized Activities While Achieving Academic Gains

Adult education programs recognize the importance of incorporating career awareness into their intermediate and advanced classes, but it can feel...

Career Pathways: Resources, Research and Curriculum


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


The Integrated Education and Training Design Toolkit guides teams or individuals through the planning process for identifying, designing, and...


This brief Rapid ReEmployment for a Just and Equitable Recovery in Massachusetts is authored by Workforce Solutions Group, Massachusetts Workforce...

Career Pathways: Our Team

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