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The Promise of Career Pathways: Breaking Down Silos, Meeting Business and Worker Needs

Julie Strawn, Abt Global


June 1, 2015

According to studies conducted by states of sector partnerships, employers report increases in productivity, reductions in customer complaints, and declines in staff turnover. (State Sector Strategies Coming of Age, 2013). A rigorous evaluation of 3 sector partnerships found  participants earned significantly more and were more likely to have jobs with benefits. (Job Training That Works, 2009). However, sector training partnerships tend to be small scale and relatively selective. Can combining sector strategies with adult career pathways in community colleges expand the reach of industry-driven training?