Mimi Maduro - National Council for Workforce Education

Oregon’s Guiding Vision
• In service of meeting Oregon’s 40-40-20
Education Goal for the “middle 40” by 2025
• Certificate completion & continued education
• Address the changing needs of employers, job
seekers, workers, and students
• Focus on Career & Technical Education (CTE)
short-term certificates tied to occupations
• To increase the number of Oregonians with
certificates, credentials, and degrees
• To ease transitions across the education
continuum—high school to community
college; pre-college (ABE/GED/ESL) to
postsecondary credit ; community college to
university; and to employment
What’s a Career Pathway?
Career Pathways are linked education and
training services that enable students, often
while they are working, to advance over time to
successfully high education and employment in
a given industry or occupational sector.
Each step of a Career is designed to prepare
students to prepare student stop progress to the
next level of employment and education.
What’s a Career Pathway?
Career Pathways focus on easing and facilitating
student transition--- from high school to community college;
- from pre-college courses (ABE/GED/ESL) to
credit postsecondary;
- from community college to university or
Oregon’s Student Success Plan
• Career Pathways is included in the Oregon
Community College Student Success Plan as a
“best practice”
• Career Pathways & Less Than One Year
Certificates are “milestones” and
“momentum points” to an associate degree
• Completion of these short-term certificates is
student success indicators and key
performance measures for CCWD
• Oregon Presidents’ Council Career Pathways
Resolutions 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012
• State Board of Education
• Oregon Workforce Investment Board Strategic Plan
• Worksystems, Inc. (Portland WIB—significant seed
funding early years)
• Oregon Pathways Alliance: collaboration of leaders
from 17 colleges meeting quarterly since 2004
• CCWD statewide coordination role
• Launched with five colleges in 2004 with initial
funding from the Governor’s Workforce
Investment Fund through the OWIB
• Expanded to 11 colleges in 2006
• Scaled to all 17 colleges in 2007
Capacity Building &
Professional Development
• Oregon Pathways Academies 2005 & 2007
with team from each college w/ partners
• Oregon Healthcare Career Pathways Summit
2008; 17 college team plus employers
• Training and technical assistance provided
statewide ongoing basis
• Quarterly Alliance meetings focused on peer
learning and migrating promising practices
Leveraged/Braided Funding
Governor’s Employer Workforce Fund
WIA Incentive (awarded 4 consecutive years)
WIA Title I-B
Community College Strategic Fund (CCSF)
Career Pathway Grants
• Career Pathway Grants provided to colleges each
biennium to build capacity and increase number
of completions
• Grants awarded on competitive basis 2004-2006
• For past three bienniums grants awarded to all 17
colleges (2007-09, 2009-11, 2011-13)
• Grants focus on goals & strategies to build
capacity & increase completion outcomes
• Funding: WIA Title I-B, WIA Incentive Grants,
Governor’s EWTF, Perkins, CC Strategic Fund
Oregon Pathways for Adult Basic Skills
• Five “bridge” courses for “pre-college”
ABE/GED/ESL students contextualized to
reading, writing, and math.
• Includes a “College & Career Awareness”
• Non-credit
• Major goal of grants: Increasing transition of
ABS student to CTE certificate programs/credit
Career Pathways Systemic Approach:
Self-Assessment Dimensions
Leveraged Resources
Certificates & Roadmaps
Articulation with high schools & universities
Pathways for Adult Basic Skills students
Student Services and supports
Connection with Workforce partners
Employer Engagement
Using data for continuous improvement
Career Pathway Roadmap Webtool
• Alliance collaborated to design Career Pathways
Roadmap Webtool
• More than 350 roadmaps and high school to
community college plans of study online
• Lane CC hosts server and training/technical
assistance funded by CCWD; Effie Siverts
• http://oregon.ctepathways.org (guest login)
• Open Source
• Adopted by state of Washington
Career Pathway Marketing &
30 second TV/radio spot statewide -6 months
Here’s link:
90 second video by Lane Community College:
Here’s link:
MyPathCareers brochure & Roadmaps “card”
Stackable Credentials
• Career & Technical Education (CTE)
• Occupations in six career focus areas
• Short-term certificates (12-44 credits):
– Career Pathway Certificates (CPCC)
– Less Than One Year Certificate (LTOY)
• Examples of stackable credentials for Lower
Divison Transfer: Oregon Transfer Module (OTM)
& Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)
Policy Direction Drives
Increased Completions
• State Board of Education approved Career Pathway
Certificate (CPCC) effective July 1, 2007.
• CTE program Certificates tied to competencies for jobs in
local labor market & approved by employers
• More than 250 Career Pathway Certificates offered
statewide (12-44 credits)
• More than 100 Less Than One Year (LTOY) Certificates
offered already offered statewide (12-44 credits)
• Average number of credits for certificates: 22
• More than 5,000 certificates have been awarded since 2008
• Pathways Descriptive Study of initial cohort of completers
released March 2013
Financial Guidelines
Federal and state financial aid is not designed for short-term Certificate
programs and does not fund most Career Pathway, Less Than One Year (LTOY),
and other stand-alone 12-44 credit Certificate Programs. Career Pathway,
LTOY, and other stand-alone Certificates that are 36-44 credits and three
terms in length can be submitted on a college’s Program Participation
Agreement (PPA) and considered for federal and state financial aid. This
guideline is similar for Apprenticeship Certificates.
While many students are not entirely certain of their major goal when they
enter community college and apply for financial aid, declaring an associate
degree as their major goal allows students the most options to attain a
certificate or degree. Students who declare a course of study as an Associate
Degree can obtain a Career Pathway Certificate, LTOY, or other stand-alone
Certificate as they complete the required coursework toward attaining their
degree goal. Career Pathway Certificates & Less Than One Year Certificates
are “momentum points” in student progression toward an associate degree.
CLASP Alliance for Quality Career
• Field testing using Pathways Descriptive Study
data for 08/09 & 09/10 completer cohort
• Career Pathways & AQCP framework aligned with
Governor’s Sector Strategy
• Reviewers include: Oregon Pathways Alliance,
Governor’s Workforce Policy Advisor, Advancing
CTE in Career Pathways (OVAE initiative), CTE
Leaders statewide
• Framework will inform colleges’ Sustainability
Plans (due June 2014)
For More Information…
Mimi Maduro
Pathways Initiative Statewide Director
Oregon Department of Community Colleges &
Workforce Development (CCWD)
[email protected]

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