VCCS Definition of Career Pathways

Career pathways articulate the learning requirements, across educational and training levels, through which a student can prepare for skilled employment in a specific industry cluster and, from there, to continued education and career progression. Career pathways are developed through partnerships among secondary and postsecondary education, employers, and community agencies. Career pathways serve the emerging and incumbent workforce, from high school students to unemployed and underemployed adults.

Refer to this document for some specific examples of career pathways and their associated clusters.

Envisioning career pathways as a stimulus for change and reform in education and training of all levels, the VCCS currently defines a model career pathway as meeting the following criteria: