Career Pathways Challenge


Too many adults in the United States don’t have the foundational skills necessary to further their education, pursue training opportunities, and improve their skill development. As a result, they are unable to obtain and/or further meaningful and financially viable careers. By connecting innovate programs with funding and workforce development and education practitioners with best practices, IEL is hoping to build of capacity of the workforce development/adult learning field, improve the quality of career pathways programs and increase programmatic innovation. 

In partnership with the Coalition on Adult Basic Education and the National Association of State Directors of Adult Education, 10 community teams will partake in a three-day Design Camp, 24 hours of technical assistance and coaching, and participate in a Career Pathways Festivals to create an innovative Career Pathways Program. 

  • Programs must target adult learners age 26 and older, without any formal post-secondary training or education or credentials.
  • All 10 participating teams will be connected with funders and receive coaching to identify scaling and sustainability considerations. At least three teams will receive $100K.
  • Via convening’s and briefings, IEL and its partners will share best practices and lessons learned to the field.

By building the capacity within communities and practitioners, IEL will encourage innovation, improve and expand the quality of Career Pathways Programs, and increase the knowledge about what works within effective workforce development programs. 

Please click here to receive additional information about The Careers Pathways Challenge. 

Funding for this initiative was provided from the generous support of the ECMC Foundation. 

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