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New Illinois Career Pathways Dictionary available

from ISAC

In the State of Illinois, the public and private sector alike are conducting a broad number of efforts pertaining to education, workforce development and economic development through a lens of career pathways. Common to all this work is a shared philosophy regarding college and career pathways, with the aim of enabling Illinois residents to progressively build toward college and career success through aligned education, training and employment opportunities over their lifetimes. A wide range of education and training programs and initiatives administered by a variety of private, state and local entities fall within this system of career pathways. It is critical that they use aligned terminology and language to ensure they are building programs and pathways effectively. For that reason, Illinois approved a statewide definition of career pathways this year and used that definition as a launching pad for a larger suite of definitions, now contained within the new Illinois Career Pathways Dictionary.

Though many terms fall under workforce development and education, in this dictionary, you will find terms that fit the following criteria: 1) they pertain to — or deeply impact — multiple programs across state agencies; and 2) they apply to programming with funding from multiple federal agencies (e.g., programs funded by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). This dictionary will be updated as needed and new terms will be added, should they meet these criteria.

The Illinois Career Pathways Dictionary can be accessed via the Illinois PaCE: Postsecondary and Career Expectations page of ISAC's website. (isac.org). more


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