American Job Centers (AJCs) have an extraordinary opportunity to transform and improve the public labor exchange system by providing job-driven occupational or technical training for American workers and jobseekers.

The workforce system supports the development of strong, vibrant regional economies, where businesses thrive and people want to live and work.  Community partners working together to meet community workforce needs forms a critical basis for economic growth.

Labor market information, particularly data on career pathways and industry competency models, helps workforce professionals guide customers to data-driven decision-making about the best skills training.

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Competency Model Clearinghouse

The industry Competency Model Clearinghouse (CMC) maps the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) needed in industries, and is a part of the CareerOneStop suite of resources, sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA). 

Building Career Pathways: Roles for the Workforce System

The workforce investment system has an important role in building skills for successful career pathways for adults and youth.  

Partnering agencies may wish to participate on the state’s career pathways leadership team.  Please see the Enhanced Guide for System Development for more information.

Using Competency Models for Career Planning and Guidance 

This eleven-minute video provides quick tips for career advisors working with students on career planning or job seekers in an American Job Center (AJC).

Career Pathways Toolkit 2011

This original Career Pathways Toolkit offers a clear and user-friendly road map for administrators, practitioners, and policymakers developing career pathways systems at state, regional, or local levels.
It outlines the Six Key Elements Framework, highlights promising practice,s and provides tools designed to support visioning and strategic planning. 


            Tools for Workforce Board Members and Staff