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MSG Hosts Career Pathways Toolkit Briefing for Department of Labor

MSG hosted a briefing regarding the Career Pathways Toolkit, a publicly available resource funded by the Department of Labor and supported across federal agencies. This Toolkit aims to provide the workforce system and its partners—including the Departments of Labor, Education and Health & Human Services—the framework, resources, and knowledge to better guide state and local administrators in implementing career pathways systems and programs. Through this discussion, MSG expanded conversation on career pathways to engage various federal, policy, and practitioner stakeholders.

In the spring of 2014, MSG began working to reinvent the existing Career Pathways Toolkit. Though the original approach entailed updating the 2011 Toolkit, several key events altered the Toolkit’s development direction. In light of these events, MSG solicited input from important stakeholders and published The Career Pathways Toolkit: A Guide for System Development in 2015. Based on feedback from this report, MSG operationalized the Toolkit to make it more hands-on. This involved designing worksheets in workgroups, hosting webinars for worksheet review sessions, developing standalone direct-access modules, and redesigning the Toolkit’s organizational structure.

Following these advancements, MSG published the Career Pathways Toolkit: An Enhanced Guide and Workbook for Systems Development in 2016. Since then, the Toolkit has been implemented at both the local and federal levels. The Minnesota Workforce Development Board, for example, has adopted the Toolkit for guidance in implementing career pathways systems. Similarly, the Office of Career and Technical Education’s (OCTAE) Building Opportunities Project is using the Toolkit to persuade state and local adult education providers to incorporate data-based decision making in program design principles. With briefings such as this one, MSG continues to build dialogue amongst stakeholders to use and improve the Career Pathways Toolkit.