Career Pathways Definition

A series of connected education and
training strategies and support
services that enable individuals to
secure industry relevant certification
and obtain employment within an
occupational area and to advance to
higher levels of future education
and employment in that area.

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.



The Committee will monitor its success by tracking the following metrics:

  • 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