More About Career Pathways
Oregon’s community colleges are committed to easing transitions for students to help them get the skills they need to compete in the labor market. Credentials, certificates, and degrees make a difference in the workplace and in increasing earnings. Learn more about Oregon’s Pathways to Advancement initiative.
So, what is a Career Pathway, anyway?
- Read the state's definition of a Career Pathway in a community college
- View a list of all Career Pathways certificates and one-year certificates offered at PCC
- Investigate why the PCC Career Pathways makes such a difference in students' lives
- Learn about the Career Pathways efforts at other community colleges across Oregon and around the country
- Roadmaps are often created as an advising tool to visually represent how an educational program relates to the labor market at varying levels. To learn more, please visit our portfolio of roadmaps
High School Students, Guidance Counselors, and Parents:
Are you in high school and interested learning more about careers and academic programs at Oregon colleges and universities to get a start on discovering and planning a fulfilling career? PAVTEC has developed a website to guide high school students, parents, counselors, teachers, educators and others with resources around a particular career path.
Portland Community College Career Pathways Action Plan
Portland Community College Career Pathways Steering Committee
The Career Pathways Steering Committee maintains a framework for the PCC Career Pathways Initiative by providing support and advocacy, facilitating institutionalization and integration between stakeholders, and envisioning the future to meet the educational and economic needs of the community.
Steering Committee Meeting Notes:
Career Pathways Presentations, Research Organizations and Reports
- It's Possible: Pathways to Degrees for ELL Students. Sara Treadway, Bethy Annsa, 2011 Oregon Student Success and Retention Conference, Portland, OR, February 2011.
- Portland Community College Computer Applications-ESOL Pilot Training. Sara Treadway, Andrew Roessler and Barbara Lave, National Council on Workforce Education (NCWE) Conference, Seattle, WA, October 2009.
- Bridges: They're Not Just for Engineers. Amy Youngflesh, Jackie Sandquist and Andrew Roessler, National Council on Workforce Education (NCWE) Conference, Seattle, WA, October 2009.
- Roadmaps and Curriculum Chunking. Andrew Roessler, Road Map training at Lane Community College, Eugene, OR May 2008.
- Job Developers Network - Career Pathways Presentation. Oregon Commission for the Blind, July 18, 2008
- Guidelines for Chunking Professional-Technical Programs in Community Colleges. Kate Dins, PhD (2005).
- Community College Research Center (CCRC), Teachers College, Columbia University - CCRC conducts research on major issues affecting community colleges in the United States.
- Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) - CLASP works to improve the labor market success of low-income individuals and their families in ways that contribute to social equity, economic growth and family well-being. At their web site you will find resources and publications related to Career Pathways.
- Workforce Strategy Center, Toolkit - This toolkit is designed to be a reference portal for policymakers and practitioners with examples, lessons learned, and useful tools collected from around the country. The tools provide resources for those engaged in each step of WSC's five-step career pathways process.
- One Degree of Separation. "One Degree of Separation", is the third of a series of Public Agenda surveys designed to examine the problems of higher education and college completion from the perspective of those who know best: young people who've completed a postsecondary degree, and those who haven't.
- The Undereducated American. Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
- Certificates Count: an analysis of sub-baccalaureate certificates. Brian Bosworth, Complete College America and Futureworks. December 2010.
- Complete College America - Oregon. An overview of the current state of Oregon's postsecondary graduation rate and how this relates to the labor market. October 2010
- Career Pathways Glossary: Toward a Common Language for Career Pathways in Oregon. This glossary is designed for use by Oregon educators, administrators, and practitioners to assist in developing Career Pathways that provide education and career options for students and meet the workforce needs of employers. Oregon Pathways Marketing and Communication Committee, July 2007.
- Meeting the Needs of Community College Students: Developing sustainable web-based advising tools, Andrew Roessler and Gabriel McGovern, Student Success Conference, Portland OR., February 2007.
- Aligning Public Resources to Support Individual and Regional Economic Advancement in the Knowledge Economy, Davis Jenkins, Workforce Strategy Center. April 2006.