Career Pathways Leadership Certification
Workshop Topics

Academic Achievement 

  • Opportunities and obstacles for improving academic achievement.
  • The importance of utilizing curriculum integration and contextual teaching and learning, reinforced by Work Based Learning experiences, in creating Career Pathway Programs of Study.
  • Understanding brain-based learning, including the differences in the teenage brain.

 Adult Career Pathways

  • Understanding the unique needs and challenges of non-traditional students.
  • Availability of resources to help non-traditional students succeed.
  • Communicating the needs and challenges of non-traditional students to state/region/local area policymakers.

 Career Pathways Systems

  • The importance of the Career Pathway initiative as part of the solution for creating a skilled workforce.
  • The 16 Career Clusters as the curriculum model for implementing career pathway Programs of Study including the knowledge and skills structure.
  • Understanding that Career Pathways is a secondary/postsecondary initiative that requires strong partnership with economic development and business/industry.

 Career Planning

  • The critical role of school counseling programs at the secondary level in informing students, parents, and business/industry about the comprehensive career cluster model for career planning purposes.
  • Understanding that personnel who council students at the S/PS/Adult levels need assistance in understanding and implementing the career pathways Programs of Study model, including the career clusters curriculum/knowledge/skills.
  • The critical need for implementing career pathway Programs of Study in reducing the dropout rate, preparing students for entering postsecondary education remediation free, and preparing students for the 21st century labor market.

 Community Teaming

  • Understanding that it is not just educators' jobs to prepare students for the global economy.
  • The importance of establishing “real” partnerships in which input is more than just monetary.
  • Knowing ”who” to partner with in the community, and “how.”

 Curriculum Frameworks

  • The process for creating and implementing career pathway Programs of Study that includes coordination and cross-walking of academic and career and technical education standards/knowledge/skills at the secondary and postsecondary levels.
  • The multiple entry/exit points for accommodating students within the system and the importance of offering solid, transferable postsecondary credit options, including certifications.
  • The importance of action planning to ensure buy-in of all stakeholders and the establishment of timelines for accomplishing goals/objectives.

 Economic Development Connections

  • The critical need for a skilled workforce for the U.S. to remain competitive in a global economy.
  • The importance of educating ALL citizens (K-16 students & adult learners) to meet the labor market demand for skilled workers.
  • Communicating this message to help all stakeholders understand the importance of implementing career pathway Plans of Study as quickly as possible.


  • The overall intent of the Perkins legislation.
  • Interpreting the acceptable expenditures and activities allowed by the legislation.
  • Communicating the mission and goals of Perkins to stakeholders.

 Professional Development

  • Determining “what” kinds of professional development opportunities are needed in their area to enable all stakeholders to buy into and implement career pathways Programs of Study.
  • Knowing “how” to get others actively involved in the process.
  • Knowing “who” to involve in the process – including how to leverage funds for getting the job done.
  • The process for managing educational change.

 Begin with the End in Mind

  • How to use strategic planning to create an action plan for specific change.
  • Determining the current level of career pathways Programs of Study implementation and develop an action plan for moving the initiative forward.
  • Monitoring progress and keeping the action plan moving on an established timeline.
  • Understanding that the process is ongoing.