OCTAE is offering states a year-long opportunity to receive in-depth and customized technical assistance (TA) in career pathways system development. We are seeking states willing to engage in intensive state-level TA and committed to meaningful career pathways system development. Selected states will work with a dedicated coach and engage in a readiness assessment, regular coaching sessions, topical webinars, and peer mentoring. Application Forms must be submitted by 3:00 P.M. EST on June 10, 2016.
Criteria for Participation:
State leadership support, as evidenced by a letter from the state committing to state participation in this project;
- Creation of a state career pathways team with state and local representatives from secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE), workforce development, economic development, business and industry, and human and social services;
- Commitment of state team to participate in all required TA activities, such as site visits, coaching calls, and webinars; and
- Commitment to create and execute a plan to move the career pathways system forward.
A combination of rigorous and high quality education, training, and other service that:
- aligns with the skill needs of industries in the economy of the state or regional economy involved;
- prepares an individual to be successful in any of a full range of secondary or postsecondary education options, including registered apprenticeships;
- includes counseling to support an individual in achieving the individual’s education and career goals;
- includes, as appropriate, education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster;
- organizes education, training, and other services to meet the particular needs of an individual in a manner that accelerates the educational and career advancement of the individual to the extent practicable;
- enables an individual to attain a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and at least one recognized postsecondary credential; and
- helps an individual enter or advance within a specific occupation or occupational cluster.
Career Pathways System
A series of connected education and training strategies and support services that enable individuals to secure industry-relevant certification, obtain employment within an occupational area, and advance to higher levels of future education and employment. 
Career pathways systems connect with and align public education and training systems to each other and to industry sectors and employers. These systems require long-term partnerships to achieve system-building opportunities, often leveraging short- and medium-term relationships.