Industry Partnerships & Career Pathways

Building Wisconsin's Workforce; Expanding Wisconsin's Economy

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About Career Pathways

As Wisconsin's labor force ages and diversifies, Wisconsin is working hard to build the skills and productivity of our existing adult workforce in order to ensure a strong economy in the future.

A Career Pathway is a way of organizing college-level occupational training as a sequence of certificates that leads adult learners in attainable steps toward better jobs and a degree or technical diploma. Each step improves the learner's career and earning opportunities and provides a skill set wanted by an industry or industry sector. A Career Pathway Bridge helps adults in need of basic skills or English Language Learning succeed in career pathways. Bridges consist of courses that link basic skills development with occupational skills development and accelerate the transition from pre-college to college level work.

Industry Partnerships and Career Pathways will:

  • Provide Wisconsinites with essential credentials needed to move up into better jobs
  • Develop a highly skilled workforce to meet the expressed needs of Wisconsin's employers
  • Move the Wisconsin economy forward by building skills and opportunity

The current economic crisis focuses increasing attention on the most pressing needs workers and businesses in the state. Fortunately, Wisconsin is already providing the foundation to build stronger, more responsive skills systems.

Industry Partnerships and Career Pathways will:

  • Provide Wisconsinites with essential credentials needed to move up into better jobs
  • Develop a highly skilled workforce to meet the expressed needs of Wisconsin's employers
  • Move the Wisconsin economy forward by building skills and opportunity

The current economic crisis focuses increasing attention on the most pressing needs workers and businesses in the state. Fortunately, Wisconsin is already providing the foundation to build stronger, more responsive skills systems.

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Led by the Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Technical College System, Career Pathways pay particular attention to the unique training needs of adult workers by emphasizing a model of skills acquisition and credentialing.
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