Career Pathways Definition
A series of connected education and
In January 2013, the Patrick Administration established a Career Pathways Committee as part of the Massachusetts State Workforce Investment Board (MWIB). The committee will focus on aligning the workforce and education system from pre-K through post-secondary to link students, job seekers and employers to career pathways. The committee is comprised of employer, workforce and education leaders including executive leadership from K-12, vocational technical, adult basic education and post-secondary institutions.
The Committee has three main regional goals:
- Leadership. In each region, identify leaders responsible for convening and leading sector-focused partnerships starting with advanced manufacturing, healthcare, IT and life sciences.
- Alignment. Support an increased number of students, adults, job seekers and incumbent workers through a full range of seamless education and training opportunities that correspond to employer needs and close the skills gap.
- Accountability. Regional partners collectively monitor program outputs and business impact through shared data, agreed targets and planned outcomes.
- Increased number of training programs and institutions that develop and deliver curriculum and programs based on career pathways.
- Increased number of residents with post-secondary certificates, credentials and degrees in high-demand fields.
- Increased number of adult basic education learners accessing industry-based, contextualized courses that lead to college-ready, credit courses and training and placement.
- Increased number of work-based and work-place learning opportunities for youth and adults.
- Increased job placements for credentialed students in pathway-relevant fields.
- Increased number of employers engaged in regional partnerships and sourcing skilled talent along the whole career pathway pipeline.
Career Pathways Committee Members
- Dale Allen, Quinsigamond Community College, Transformation Agenda Grant
- Don Anderson, Workforce Central One-Stop Career Centers
- Deborah Boisvert, Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections
- Dana Brown, Malden Public Schools
- Marybeth Campbell, Executive Offices of Education, Labor and Workforce Development and Housing and Economic Development
- Harneen Chernow, 1199SEIU Training & Upgrading Fund; Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Patricia Crosby, Franklin-Hampshire Regional Employment Board
- Joanna Dowling, The Custom Group Center For Manufacturing Technology
- Dave Gadaire, CareerPoint
- Don Gillis, Massachusetts Workforce Board Association
- Patricia Gregson, Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, Vocational, Workforce and College Readiness Programs
- Tom Hickey, South Shore Regional Vocational High School
- Stephen Huntley, Valley Opportunity Council
- Diane Hurley, Department of Career Services
- Jenn James, Executive Office of Labor/Workforce Development
- Chris Kealey, Massachusetts Business Roundtable
- Ellen Kennedy, Berkshire Community College
- Susan Lange, Commonwealth Corporation
- Pat Meservey, Salem State University
- John O'Donnell, Mass Bay Community College
- Anne Serino, Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, Adult Basic Education
- Alice Sweeney, Department of Career Services
- Jeff Truegon, Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board
- Keith Westrich, Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, College & Career Readiness
- Christine Williams, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education