Technical Assistance for Implementing Career Pathways Systems Initiative

Project Overview

Principal Investigators

James R. Stone III
Robert Shumer
Research Associate
University of Minnesota
Marisa Castellano
Principal Investigator
Kirsten Ewart Sundell
Principal Investigator and Communications Director
Chris Fuga
Research Assistant
Southern Regional Education Board

The NRCCTE at SREB is working with Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG) and other key partners on a project funded by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education designed to increase access to high-quality career pathways for youth and adults.

Drawing in part upon its extensive portfolio of research on career pathways and programs of study, the NRCCTE at SREB's researchers will analyze labor market data and examples of successful state career pathway models to produce data papers, guidebooks and other resources related to four career clusters identified as essential to the U.S. economy -- computer science and information technology, energy, health science, and manufacturing. NRCCTE at SREB researchers will also develop a State Leader’s Playbook on how to implement career pathways, case studies on career pathway initiatives in three states, and guides for developing or expanding career pathways in high-demand industries.

Other partners in the project will provide technical assistance to a select number of states as they work to fully implement integrated models of CTE career pathways as well as conduct a CTE Career Pathways Leadership Academy.

Read MSG's press release about this ongoing initiative.


The Technical Assistance for Implementing Career Pathways Systems project (ED-VAE-15-D-0006) will further integrate CTE into broader career pathways system development at the state and local levels. This strategic investment supports Goal 1 of ED’s FY 2014 - 2018 Strategic Plan, as well as OCTAE’s goal for all youth and adults to have access to high-quality career pathways programs. The project is designed to address four technical assistance outcomes for the Division of Academic and Technical Education:

  • Train state leaders effectively in key aspects of career pathways that promote college and career readiness for youth and adults,
  • Support states to implement innovations and quickly resolve challenges that arise,
  • Help states achieve Perkins IV performance outcomes, and
  • Provide leadership, education, and resources to support successful Perkins implementation.