Our work at Pathways Tennessee stems from research conducted by our national partners and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The 2011 report, "Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century," argues that our nation is facing a "skills gap" where our future workforce does not have the necessary skills and credentials to earn a sustainable wage. Together, the Pathways to Prosperity Network and Jobs for the Future assist us on the national level by providing professional development and guidance to ensure we can meet our vision that all Tennesseans are prepared for careers in our communities.
The Pathways to Prosperity Network seeks to ensure that more youth complete high school, attain a postsecondary credential with currency in the labor market, and launch into a career while leaving open the prospect of further education. State and regional stakeholders across education, business, and government lead the work in each Pathways to Prosperity state, with the long-term goal of creating statewide systems of career pathways that serve all students. The network is a collaboration between 14 states, Jobs for the Future, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
With over three decades of experience, Jobs for the Future strives to fulfill the promise that education and economic mobility in America is achievable for everyone. This national nonprofit works to ensure that all lower-income young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy by creating solutions that catalyze change in our education and workforce delivery systems.
Pathways TN State Planning Team
Although many states work to implement education-to-career pathways, it is the work and input from the state planning team that sets Tennessee apart. Each year, the state planning team creates a strategic list of priorities to further the work of Pathways TN in the upcoming year, and the team meets each quarter to ensure that these priorities are implemented across the state. By the end of 2017, the state planning team will prepare and implement a three-year strategic plan.
The state planning team utilizes partnerships to advocate for the importance of regional education-to-career pathways and aligned resources and adjusts policies across state agencies to assist regional pathways initiatives. The team brings together a variety of perspectives, from secondary to postsecondary and industry, to create conditions that support and remove barriers to the implementation of regional education-to-career learning pathways. To learn more about each of our statewide partners, please visit the sites below.
- Complete Tennessee
- Governor's Office
- State Board of Education
- State Collaborative on Reforming Education
- Tennessee Board of Regents
- Tennessee Business Roundtable
- Tennessee Department of Education
- Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
- Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
- Tennessee Higher Education Commission
- Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association