Montana Career Pathways Resources

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2015-2016 Resources

May Update

December Update

Contextualized Curriculum Ideas from LINCS

October Update

Contextualized Templates


Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Moving Pathways Forward:  Logic Model Homework

September Update

DACUM Information

2014-2015 Resources


    Montana 2015

April Update


March Update


Adult Coordination and Planning (AECAP Report)

Career Pathways Toolkit:  Six Elements for Success

Helping Adult Learners Make the Transition to Postsecondary Education

February Update


December Update


Coach Update/Assignment

MPF Conference Call - 11/19/14

Moving Pathways Forward Resources for Regional Meetings

Career Pathways Exchange Resources

Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success

U.S. Department of Labor/Social Policy Research Associates, 2011

The Career Pathways Toolkit offers a clear and user-friendly road map for administrators, practitioners, and policymakers developing career pathways systems at the state, regional, or local levels. It outlines the Six Key Elements Framework, highlights promising practices, and provides tools designed to support visioning and strategic planning. For practitioners focused on program design, the Toolkit's section on Career Pathways Element Three, Designing Education and Training Programs, offers suggestions on major steps such as identifying target populations and program entry points, developing career ladders, engaging employers to validate competencies, designing modularized and contextualized instruction, and providing support services.

Creating a Successful Bridge Program: A "How To" Guide

Illinois iBridge Initiative, 2012

Developed as part of the Illinois Shifting Gears initiative, this guidebook offers a comprehensive look at designing, implementing, and sustaining bridge programs. The guide provides strategies, examples, and worksheets practitioners can immediately use and adapt. Helpful for new programs who need to anticipate essential steps as well as for those who are redesigning a program or improving a particular program element, the guide also includes tips for continuous improvement and profiles of successful programs. Major topics covered include:

What is a Credential?

Association for Career and Technical Education, 2013

This fact sheet defines the different types of stackable credentials available to career technical students, including educational certificates, degrees, certifications, and government-issued licenses. This is a useful resource for any stakeholder in workforce development, including educators and administrators, policymakers, and business leaders. It may be particularly helpful for educators in the early stages of career pathways program planning or design and for those who need a baseline understanding of the credential landscape to engage in more informed dialogue with employers about credentials they value.

MCIS Update

    National 2015

College and Career Readiness and Success Center:  7/1/15
Approaches for Delivery:  3/16/15
Online Career Tools Updated:  3/16/15
Making Skills Everyone's Business:  3/2/15
Career One Stop

Tools for Building Employer-Educator Partnerships
Workforce One Newsletter

WIOA 101: ( )  A series of short webcasts highlighting key provisions in Titles I and III of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The 100,000 Jobs Mission ( The 100,000 Jobs Mission is a coalition of private sector companies committed to hiring U.S. military veterans and military spouses.

The Promise of High-Quality Career and Technical Education: Improving Outcomes for Students, Firms, and the Economy ( )  A College Board and Georgetown Law Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy report that examines the labor market environment confronting young people today and discuss the characteristics of career and technical education (CTE) programs that address those challenges.

Encore Entrepreneurs:  ( ) AARP teamed up with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help Americans over age 50 get the real-world, actionable information they need to start and grow small businesses.

Early College High School Initiative:  ( The Early College High School Initiative focuses on young people for whom the transition into postsecondary education is now problematic - low-income young people, first-generation college goers, English language learners, and students of color. The report was prepared by Jobs for the Future.

Farther, Faster:  Six Promising Programs Show How Career Pathway Bridges Help Basic Skills Students:  ( )  A CLASP brief highlighting six promising programs that show how career pathway bridges help lower-skilled students move farther and faster along college and career paths through dual enrollment in linked basic skills and occupational certificate courses.

Promoting College and Career Readiness: Bridge Programs for Low-Skill Adults:  ( )  A Community College Virtual Symposium brief describes recent approaches to bridge programs and explores promising practices that contextualize and/or integrate instruction and strengthen student support and transition services to improve students’ rates of postsecondary transition and completion.

Experiments for Better Service Design:  ( )   This "Experiment Toolkit: ( ) includes step-by-step instructions for designing, planning and running an experiment using the design thinking process and provides examples of past experiments run inside American Job Centers.

CTE Launchboard:  ( )  This statewide data system supported by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and hosted by Cal-PASS Plus, provides data to California community colleges and their feeder K-12 school districts on the effectiveness of CTE (career and technical education) programs.


2013-2014 Resources

Moving Pathways Forward

PEPTalk (Updated)

Montana Career Resource Network

College!NOW Summary

2012-2013 Resources

Montana National


Bridge Program College GED Workplace


Program Resources
Summary 2014
Bridge Program

Designed by Suzette Fletcher and Michellecc Gasek:  local, state, and national resources

The Bridge Curriculum started with PEP Talk which incorporates the Montana Career Information System (MTCIS) with Career Planning and Goal Setting.  Now, the Bridge Curriculum provides links to various local, state, and national resources for the continued development of Career Pathways relevant to your students.  You may incorporate these resources into your curriculum model and/or build partnerships with local organizations and agencies.  Specific use and implementation will vary depending on your needs for career pathway development. 

Career Planning facilitates the development of relationships with students.   Specific curriculum that is relevant to the students’ future goals will be more interesting and meaningful.  We know that students who actively engage in rigorous curriculum of interest are more motivated to reach their goals and to complete their courses, certifications, apprenticeships, and/or degrees.  The Bridge Curriculum gives you quick access to many of the resources already available to you at no charge.

Suzette Fletcher

The Bridge curriculum has been developed to support the work of ABLE faculty and staff in the State of Montana.  ABLE professionals wear a multitude of hats providing more than academic support to students.  The curriculum and resources gathered have been compiled to enhance the work of ABLE professionals in the state.  The mass amount of information available on the Internet gave us a great start in discovering what is available and new resources are being developed daily.  Please feel free to use all these wonderful resources and add your own to support your colleagues’ efforts in the state.

Michelle Gasek

Career Pathways Initiative Model 2012 (docx)

Career Pathways Initiative Model 2012 (pdf)

Montana Adult Education:  Building Bridges 2012 (pdf)

Montana Adult Education:  Building Bridges 2012 (pptx)

College Montana College Now




Montana GED Now:  Future ForGED



National (Updated 10/21/12)

Click on Resource to access website. 

(Some descriptions provided by Rachel Pleasants, Senior Project Manager for Jobs for the Future:  Presenter at Montana College NOW Conference 2012.)

Resource Description
Adult Career Pathways
Adult College Completion Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Education released theAdult College Completion Toolkit,” a collection of resources designed to connect state administrators and local practitioners to the strategies, resources, and technical assistance tools resulting from the Department’s work in the area of adult education. The toolkit focuses on three key areas: access, quality, and completion. Four target student populations include veterans, adult basic education students, incarcerated individuals, and skilled immigrants.

Adult Ed Resources
Back on Track: Pathways through Postsecondary

Jobs for the Future works with districts, states, national youth-serving networks, intermediaries, and community colleges to reengage youth who are off track to graduation or out of school and put them on a path to postsecondary success. 

In serving this population, Back on Track was developed to reengage off-track and out-of-school youth by creating clear pathways into and through postsecondary credentials. We develop and scale these designs with districts, states, national youth-serving networks, intermediaries and community colleges.

Breaking Through Practice Guide

This guide helps practitioners serve adults who have low literacy and math levels and who want to succeed in postsecondary education. The guide highlights innovations from community colleges that participated in Breaking Through between 2005 and 2009. The practice guide has four components, each devoted to a high-leverage strategy that community colleges and other programs can adopt to increase the success rates of their low-skilled younger and older adults: accelerated learning, comprehensive support services, labor market payoffs, and aligning programs for low-skilled adults. The guide also includes The Contextualization Toolkit.

Career Pathways:  Building Strategic Partnerships Webcast

The webcast was recorded on 10/17/12.

Career Pathways:  Developing Effective Bridge Programs Webcast 

The webcast was recorded on 10/17/12 and posted on 11/14/12.

Credential Resource Guide

The purpose of this Credential Resource Guide is to provide information on the types of credentials available to workforce program participants and explain how they can acquire and leverage these credentials to build lasting careers. This resource guide is organized into five sections.

  • Section 1 - Defining Credentials
  • Section 2 - Understanding Credentials 
  • Section 3 - Tools for Identifying Credentials
  • Section 4 - Acquiring and Leveraging Credentials 
  • Section 5 - Current Models of Industry-Recognized Stackable Credentials
Employability Skills Framework

The Employability Skills Framework website is a newly developed central clearinghouse of resources to inform instruction and assessment for employability skills, including a common framework for employability skills. Using the interactive Framework, policymakers, practitioners in education and workforce training, and others can identify employability skills and compare the skills identified by various instructional standards and assessments; understand key considerations for selecting an employability skills assessment; create a customized assessment comparison worksheet; and view practical examples of employability skills instruction and assessment.  The site also contains links to federal resources relevant to employability skills.

Federal Funding for Integrated Service Delivery

Due to low wages, lack of benefits, and inconsistent employment, many workers are unable to meet their own and their families' basic needs through employment alone. The Annie E. Casey Foundation developed the Center for Working Families® (CWF) concept as a response to the challenges facing such low-income working adults and their families. The CWF approach revolves around offering clients a set of focused bundled services in three overlapping areas:

  • Employment and career advancement - including assistance with job readiness, job placement, occupational skills training, education and career advancement.
  • Income enhancements and work supports - helping clients gain access to public benefits, tax credits, financial aid and other benefits to improve their financial security.
  • Financial and asset building services - workshops, classes, one-on-one counseling and access to well-priced financial products and services to help clients improve their household finances and build assets.

A key aspect of the CWF model is that  programs bundle and sequence services rather than offering just one component, or offering multiple components but leaving it up to participants to discover and seek out additional services. Delivering integrated services requires well-planned program design, the hiring and training of staff with strong skills and backgrounds, and the thoughtful use of technology and data collection. In 2010, the Annie E. Casey Foundation asked CLASP to conduct a scan of federal programs that could potentially be used to support integrated service delivery in these three areas, recognizing the need to access public funds in order to bring this approach to scale. The Federal Funding Integrated Service Delivery Toolkit describe the federal funding programs we identified, with a focus on the components of the integrated strategy that might be publicly supported, the eligible populations and use of funds, and possible issues that might arise.

Get with the Program:  Accelerating Community College Students' Entry into Completion of Programs of Study

Access research that highlights the importance of students entering a program of study as soon as possible. Students who do not enter a program within a year of enrollment are far less likely to ever enter a program and therefore less likely to earn a credential. The research paper, Get With the Program: Accelerating Community College Students' Entry into and Completion of Programs of Study, offers suggestions for ways community colleges can rethink their practices at key stages of students' engagement to substantially increase rates of program entry and completion.

Recommended by LINCS Community:  Career Pathways

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Help Wanted:  Projection of Jobs and Education Requirements through 2018

Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE & ESOL Classroom

Designed to be used by teachers and counselors in ASE, ABE, ESOL, and College Transition programs, this curriculum aims to encourage all students, at all levels, to begin thinking about and articulating short- and long-term career, educational, and life goals. It provides classroom-ready, flexible lessons, handouts, and online resources to prepare instructors and counselors to guide students through a supportive career awareness and planning process.

Online Self-paced Courses

Accelerating Opportunity online professional development opportunities open to the general public include self-paced tutorials aimed at strengthening the skills needed to build an integrated basic skills career pathways model. The National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc. created these courses in collaboration with Jobs for the Future, Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), and Minnesota FastTRAC. For additional tools and resources, please visit Accelerating Opportunity's Virtual Academy.

Free Self-Paced Courses Available:

• Team Teaching - Models and Practice

• Finding True North - Role of the Navigator