Here are some times that we got the job done
Partnering with the New Mexico Public Education Department and New Mexico Workforce Solutions, we provided effective labor market tools and career readiness resources to over ninety school districts in the state. Our continued work supports the use of labor market data in data-informed decision-making, including the evaluation and development of programs of study and implementation of career exploration and preparation activities.
New Mexico Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment
New to Perkins V is the requirement that each local application include a comprehensive local needs assessment. This needs assessment serves as the foundation of the local application and is used to direct future spending on CTE programs. To assist the state of New Mexico in this process, Pathway2Careers developed an online portal that delivers state-related information and manages the collection of the local reporting data from agencies and consortia. This portal streamlined the needs assessment process, providing a central point of connection for both the state and local consortia to collect and review critical information.
In our partnership with the Tennessee School Board Association, we developed an education-relevant labor market system that can be accessed by over one hundred and fifty school districts in the state of Tennessee. Data in this system is mapped to each district, providing the opportunity for districts to review labor market data that is specific to their workforce region(s). This system has been widely used in the State to understand regional workforce needs and align program offerings with these demands. The system has also played an integral role in supporting the completion of the Perkins V comprehensive local needs assessment in Tennessee.
Southwest Tennessee Career Readiness Network
Among our collection of analytic tools, Pathway2Careers developed employer surveys that assess employer skill demands in states and local regions. Working with the West Virginia Department of Education, a state-wide survey was distributed to hundreds of employers. In this survey, questions centered on three primary focus areas: (1) skill needs in math, ELA, technology, digital literacy and soft skills, (2) employer preferences for degrees or skills, and (3) employer awareness of state-based career programs. Data was collected and summarized in a multi-page report with recommendations for improving skill preparation in West Virginia schools. This report was used by WVDE to reevaluate instructional focus in math, ELA, technology, digital literacy, and soft skills. Efforts have been made to develop strategies to close targeted skills gaps.
High Plains Regional Education Cooperative
The High Plains Regional Education Cooperative (HPREC) serves several school districts in the northwest region of New Mexico. As a recipient of a Next Gen CTE grant in New Mexico, HPREC partnered with Pathway2Careers to improve access to CTE courses in their rural districts. In our work with HPREC, Pathway2Careers created an online course portal that offers access to a number of online CTE programs, including Information Technology. This online portal provides students in the northwest region of New Mexico the ability to gain valuable education and training that would otherwise be lacking in their rural communities.
Early College High Schools
NS4ed (a parent company to Pathway2Careers) has developed extensive experience in working with early college high schools (ECHS). As a leader in the development and support of ECHS, NS4ed offers a comprehensive approach to building and strengthening these schools. Emphasis is placed on best practices and development efforts center around several core principles of ECHS — equity, academic, pathways, intentional student support, career pathway alignment, and local partnerships with higher education and workforce. NS4ed has assisted ECHS programs in the development of technical resource centers, principal leadership training, recruitment/enrollment of high-need students, career-focused curricula, work-based learning, and a number of other integral activities that support and maintain the effective operation of these schools