Metrics for career pathways

California Task Force Addresses Skills Gap

by Jenna Leventoff
Thursday, December 10, 2015

The California Community College Board of Governors’ Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy released 25 recommendations intended to help the community college system prepare students for the workforce and close California’s skills gap. The recommendations were based on input from over 1,200 stakeholders, including community college staff, employers, labor organizations, and workforce training entities.

Workforce Data Explained

by Christina Pena
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WDQC is launching a series of short videos that highlight how states are using education and workforce data to advance their skilled workforce and better align with industry demand. 

In this first video, Neal Gibson, Director of the Arkansas Research Center, explains his state's Career Pathways Initiative and the vital role administrative data play in improving the career prospects of Arkansans. Additional videos featuring officials from other states will be released about once a month through WDQC's website and e-news.

Data Tools For Policymakers

by Rachel Zinn
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The State Workforce and Education Alignment Project (SWEAP) is demonstrating how state policymakers can use information from three types of data tools. These tools — dashboards, pathway evaluators, and supply and demand reports — can help states to develop policies that align workforce and education programs with each other and with employer skill needs.  

Updated Data Standards Released

by Rachel Zinn
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a fifth version of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS), a voluntary set of data elements that states can use to manage information for a variety of education and workforce programs.

This version includes more than 100 new elements. Most apply to early learning or K-12, but some are designed to capture information about staff and participants in postsecondary, career/technical and adult education, and workforce development programs.

Shedding Light On Career Pathways

by Christina Pena
Thursday, 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.