Shedding Light On Career Pathways

by Christina Pena
January 29, 2015

The Colorado Community College System has developed web-based tools to help students, workers and others learn more about advanced manufacturing careers in the state, and the likely routes to high-demand occupations in the field.

The interactive website includes descriptions of responsibilities, typical hourly wages, skills and education requirements, area schools that offer training and credentials, and regional employers who have been hiring advanced manufacturing workers. The pages also include links to active job listings.

On the Career Visualization page, visitors can see diagrams of job types with circles sized to represent relative demand in the job market. One can click on a job, such as Machinist Operator, and then see a map of related occupations.  The Career Visualization page also provides a brief list of popular career paths, for example, moving from Machinist to CAD/CAM Programmer.

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In addition, workers from other industries can visit the Industry Crosswalk to see how they could transfer their current skills to various advanced manufacturing occupations.

The community college system used funding from a Department of Labor grant to produce the site.