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Submitted By: Lale Cilenti, Palo Verde College

Electronic Career Pathways for Student Success

  • Type of Practice: Data Collection
  • Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adult Secondary Education Students, Associate Degree Students, CTE Student, English Language Learners, First-time Students, High School Diploma Students, High School Equivalency Students, Returning Students, Teachers, Faculty and Staff, 4 Year College Transfer Students, Citizenship Students, Vocational Certificate Students, K12 to CC Transitioning Students
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, English as a Second Language & Citizenship , Career Technical Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    Palo Verde Consortium: Needles Unified School District, Palo Verde Community College District, Palo Verde Unified School District

The Challenge

Improved literacy and academic and workforce skills are essential elements for students to reach their ultimate career goals, but these are simply elements of a roadmap to gainful employment. Career certification and employment are the expected outcomes which will be assessed through AB104, and will impact future funding. The challenge is to find an electronic career portfolio that offers personalized skills assessments, interest inventories, appropriate curricula and tracking, career counseling, job research and employment search for students enrolled at Palo Verde College. The selected tool should have a proven track record, provide bilingual services, support management needs and goals and should, above all, be trackable and measurable.

The Solution

Career Cruising is such a tool. It is user-friendly for both students and management/support staff. Beginning as a scalable pilot program, feeder high school seniors, at-risk students, ESL/citizenship students, re-entry adults, and incarcerated students will start their studies at Palo Verde College by developing an electronic career portfolio that can easily be accessed by students, staff, and prospective employers. This portfolio will assess needs, skills, career interests, academic and career pathways, salaries, career requirements, certifications and employability. As part of the pilot, students and staff will participate in organized professional development that involves direct training and training of trainers.


The ultimate measurable outcome for students following a Palo Verde College career pathway is simply and clearly: Did the student get a job or move up to a better job? Other critical measurements will focus on improving skills and completing workforce credentials.

Further outcomes will need to be addressed to focus on measuring student satisfaction with Career Cruising and other related support services.

Operating outcomes and management reports could help shift resources and improve planning based on student sector trends, identify skills deficiencies and completion timelines and rates.

The Data

A key function of the career counseling staff will be to monitor student interests, progress, roadblocks, and interventions as well as provide supportive case management. Career Cruising has a management counterpart tool that allows counselors to pull reports on progress, interest, timelines, completions and employment. Once the consortium’s ultimate data assessment and tracking tools are in place, it is anticipated that some or all of Career Cruising data could interface with the consortium’s data management/analytic tool.

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