The Career Pathway Development Process


Many states are increasing their investment in career pathways that increase credential attainment and employment for youth and adults. Perkins V and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) both offer funds to support pathway development.

SREB’s career pathway consultants work with secondary, postsecondary, industry and workforce leaders to identify labor market needs in the state or region and design seamless pipelines leading from high school to postsecondary programs and good jobs. New pathways might begin with our Advanced Career curricula or target other high-demand, high-tech fields in the state or region.

The pathways SREB develops in partnership with states, districts or regional consortia are effective, affordable and sustainable. We:

  • Engage stakeholders in defining pathway system goals
  • Map and assess career readiness policies and programs
  • Identify required knowledge, skills and dispositions
  • Help partners plan for implementation and improvement

Georgia’s Nursing Pathway

SREB recently worked with education and industry partners in two states to develop pathways leading from high school to college and employment in the fields of nursing and engineering technology.

In Georgia, SREB partnered with WellStar Health System, the Technical College System of Georgia, the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Education to develop and pilot a new nursing pathway.

Rising ninth-graders with an interest in nursing careers will complete a special health care curriculum and take college-level nursing courses at Chattahoochee Technical College. In high school, students will complete 26 hours of nursing prerequisites, attain state nursing aide certifications and participate in on-site clinical experiences with WellStar.

After graduation, the dual credits students earned will count toward their nursing degrees. Students will also receive clinical placements and interview opportunities with WellStar upon graduation.