Exploring Key Traits and Practices to Build Exemplary Career Pathway Systems

Career pathways and credentialing are rapidly developing topics across K-12 education systems in New Hampshire and nationwide. Over the past five years, there have been new advancements at the state and local levels, as well as among key stakeholders around requirements and administrative frameworks. With the passage of SB 276, the Drive to 65 Act in 2019, and SB 148, the Career and Technical Education Omnibus Bill in 2021, the state is beginning to construct plans for a statewide career pathway network. In the meantime, the advancements around pathways in secondary, postsecondary, and career spaces have led to ambiguity around the definitions, criteria, and elements of meaningful and rigorous pathway systems. 

This study, released by the New Hampshire Alliance for College and Career Readiness, provides a dive into research-based practices and advancements in other states, as well as an overview of the legislation and administrative rules in New Hampshire, in order to offer clarity and guidance to the various discussions of career pathways. 

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For questions or comments about the study, please contact Nicole Heimarck, Executive Director, at nicole@reachinghighernh.org or Christina Pretorius, Policy Director, at christina@reachinghighernh.org.

The NH Alliance for College and Career Readiness, is a project of Reaching Higher NH. The Alliance is a diverse and collaborative group focused on bridging policy, communications, and engagement efforts to help all NH students graduate college and career ready. Alliance members include representatives from K-12 education, postsecondary education, business & industry, and the nonprofit sector. Learn more at www.TheNHAlliance.org