Flash Edition - March 9, 2018

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March 9, 2018

Flash Edition

Webinar on Scaling Career Pathways in Wisconsin

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Time: 3–4 p.m. EST

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In Wisconsin, a major statewide career pathway effort is underway to align the programs of the 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) with labor market needs. WTCS is scaling its career pathway operations as part of a statewide initiative that involves workforce and economic development, secondary schools, veteran service organizations, local workforce boards, adult literacy providers, and others.

In this webinar, learn more about Wisconsin’s journey through career pathway policy alignment and system change at the local, regional, and state levels.  You will hear from Scott DuBenske, education director at the Wisconsin Technical College System. He will provide a detailed look at the primary drivers of success in Wisconsin’s efforts to scale career pathways, including, but not limited to the following:

  • The Wisconsin Pathways Committee. This committee is comprised of 14 members representing the following sectors and groups:  technical colleges, K12 education, workforce development, economic development, veteran’s services, vocational rehabilitation, community-based organizations, and the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association boards.  The active participation of these committee partners ensures that career pathways in Wisconsin are industry-driven and support students and job seekers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
  • Career pathways coordinators. The career pathway coordinators function as the hub for developing and implementing career pathways at each of the 16 technical colleges around Wisconsin. Each position facilitates communication and learning goals between the WTCS districts and system office, allowing for a stronger, more aligned network of best practices in design, marketing, and implementation of career pathways. 
  • Data. Based on the results of several self-assessment exercises, the WTCS has created a 20-indicator Career Pathway Scorecard highlighting key transition points within WTCS Career Pathways. This platform serves as a virtual community of practice dedicated to career pathway measurement and allows career pathway coordinators of each WTCS college to use data to drive decision-making.

Join us to learn about this innovative career pathways operation and gain insights into how you can scale your own initiatives statewide. WTCS’s career pathways initiative was supported by funds from a Round 4 Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant.


Scott DuBenske, Education Director, Wisconsin Technical College System


Robin Fernkas, Director, Division of Strategic Investments, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Erin Berg, Community College Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education