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Emerging Practices with Promise

Submitted By: Heather  Maloy, San Joaquin Delta College

Practice with Promise: Developing students' career pathway success plan

  • Type of Practice: Curriculum Development
  • Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adult Secondary Education Students, Adults with Disabilities, Associate Degree Students, CTE Student, English Language Learners, Returning Students, Vocational Certificate Students
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, Adults with Disabilities, Career Technical Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    Delta Sierra Regional Alliance (San Joaquin Delta): Lincoln Unified School District, Lodi Unified School District, Manteca Unified School District, San Joaquin Delta Community College District, Stockton Unified School District, Tracy Unified School District

The Challenge

• Students do not have a sense of their longer-term career interests and goals.
• Students often do not have an awareness of realistic careers or available career pathways in the region.
• Students do not understand how to access support services.
• Students sometimes undertake training programs and then discover they are not sufficiently interested or eligible for the occupations.
• Students spend valuable time and resources on career training for which they may not be suited.

The Solution

• The DSRA consortium is developing a Pathway Bridge Model, modeled on the Minnesota FastTRAC model. The model is designed to provide skill-level appropriate instruction and support to ensure adult student can access and succeed in a career pathway leading to economic sustainability.
• The Pathway Bridge Model features three steps: Bride Prep, Bridge I and Bridge II. Following successful completion of Bridge II, students are prepared for an occupationally specific training program.
• The Bridge I Component provides students with career awareness and development. Students participate in Bridge I after they have achieved a basic level of reading, writing and math skills in Bridge Prep.
• The Career Awareness course is a short-term course dedicated to exposing students to regionally viable, in-demand career opportunities and related training programs. The course also include a career self-assessment and the development of a portfolio of career products (interest inventory, sele


• The consortium is currently working to develop this model with an implementation goal of Fall, 2017. No outcomes are available at this time

The Data

• The Bridge I Career Awareness program is being developed with a targeted launch date of Fall, 2017. Program data will be collected upon implementation.

Supporting Information

Link to FastTRAC site

Link to Career Foundations

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