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ERIC Number: ED639309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Sep
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Scaling Opportunity: A Case Study on Delaware Pathways
Marisa Mission; Brian Robinson; Paul Beach; Nick Lee; Harold Hinds
Across the country, career pathways programs are a popular bipartisan tool for addressing state workforce shortages and ensuring students graduate high school with workforce-ready skills. Delaware Pathways is one such example, formally established by executive order in 2016 by then-Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. The program consists of state-approved career pathways programs that include high school and advanced coursework, work-based learning (WBL) experiences, and industry-recognized credentials that prepare students for middle- or high-skill careers, whether they enter the workforce immediately after high school or later in life. Now, the program is at a crucial inflection point as leaders prepare to expand services to middle school students. To inform the continued evolution of Delaware Pathways, Bellwether conducted an independent analysis of the program's evolution and developed a set of policy recommendations for Delaware leaders to consider moving forward. In addition, the authors describe: (1) the factors that led to the program's successful adoption and scale, and (2) key implementation challenges Delaware faced.
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Related Records: ED639325
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bellwether
Identifiers - Location: Delaware
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A