The Career Pathways Advisory Committee (CPAC) is a group of providers, policy makers, and stakeholders with the collective mission of advancing adults with low skills along a career pathway. CPAC was created in response to the Career Pathways Programming for Lower-Skilled Adults and Immigrants: A Comparative Analysis of Adult Education Providers in High-Need Cities research project sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences. The Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (the Coalition) along with its partners at Penn State, Houston Center for Literacy, and Miami-Dade Public Schools participated in this research-practitioner partnership to discover how adults with skills gaps access career pathways programs in those three cities. The project found that adult education organizations still needed additional supports and coordination to effectively implement a career pathways framework.
Considering the project’s preliminary research findings and recommendations, there is still a long way to go in order to standardize career pathways implementation and provide low-skilled adults with the access and supports they need to become economically successful. The responsibilities of CPAC will be to help crystalize these recommendations across the city, and create an ongoing dialogue amongst a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure that even the lowest-skilled adults do not fall through the cracks once again.
Who is it for?
CPAC is open to adult education staff and students, workforce staff, policy makers, researchers, and other stakeholders that support moving adults with low-skills into a career pathway. The Coalition welcomes all voices at the table, and believes that the diversity of its members will create the strongest recommendations.
What will we do
CPAC meetings will be held quarterly and vary in structure depending on the agenda. A portion of meetings will act as working groups where members discuss a particular issue or come up recommendations in response to a problem. Other meetings will be presentations on exemplary pathway programming and professional development and knowledge exchanges from career pathway experts.