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ERIC Number: ED640173
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2024-Jan-11
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
"Hyperlocal" Career Pathway Programs in New Hampshire: Collaborating to Support Youth at the Secondary/Postsecondary Transition
Jayson Seaman
Carsey School of Public Policy
College costs and persistent workforce shortages have prompted educators, policymakers, and employers to shift the conversation on the transition from school from a narrow "college for all" emphasis to a broader "postsecondary education" and "career pathways" perspective. This paper describes an innovative effort to address these challenges in New Hampshire, focusing on a set of programs that follow a "hyperlocal" approach to career pathway development. Seeking to expose participants to careers in high-demand areas, the programs simultaneously address specific, local industry, community, and individual needs. Their purpose is to increase the likelihood of social mobility by using career exposure and hands-on involvement to spur interest and motivation toward additional education and training in promising fields. The research reported focused on programs that target youth approaching the secondary-postsecondary transition. The paper begins by briefly describing New Hampshire's unique demographic characteristics as they relate to the state's approach to education and workforce development. The characteristics help to understand the challenges involved in helping individuals make the transition from secondary education to postsecondary roles. The study's main findings focus on key elements of career pathway programs that align with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's (NHCF) hyperlocal model. Excerpts from participant interviews across six programs help to show what works in different career pathway sites, in terms of realizing effective collaboration among partners and providing learners with a positive experience. The paper concludes with a discussion about areas of ongoing need both within and outside of individual pathway programs.
Carsey School of Public Policy. Huddleston Hall, 73 Main Street, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824. Tel: 603-862-2821; Fax: 603-862-3878. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of New Hampshire, Carsey School of Public Policy
Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A