Request for Information (RFI) to support the development of high-quality career pathways systems

On April 23, 2014, the Departments of Education (ED), Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of a Request for Information (RFI) to support the development of high-quality career pathways systems.  The RFI solicits information and recommendations from a broad array of stakeholders in the public and private sectors, as well as in State, regional, tribal, and local areas.

Ensuring robust economic growth, a thriving middle class, and broadly shared prosperity will require a significant expansion of the skills and knowledge of American workers over the next few decades.  With that goal in mind, the Departments are working together to explore opportunities to improve the alignment of their programs at the State, tribal, or local levels to support robust career pathways systems.

This RFI marks the first time that the Departments are jointly collecting and analyzing information, a process that we believe will yield important insights on: (1) benefits of and challenges to aligning diverse funding streams, programs, and stakeholders around career pathway systems; and (2) the current and potential future use of career pathways systems to help at-risk populations gain skills and access the middle class.  At-risk populations include low-income youth and adults, low-skilled youth and adults, out-of-school youth, individuals with disabilities, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients, tribal communities, English learners, immigrants, rural populations, veterans, currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, dislocated workers, trade-affected workers, and many others.

In addition, the joint analysis will generate essential information that will inform policy development and the next generation of investments and technical assistance by providing us with greater clarity on the catalysts and obstacles to career pathways systems development.

We encourage you or the organization that you represent to respond and to forward this request to other colleagues and organizations that have important insights to share.

The RFI and instructions on how to respond can be found using this The response period is open from April 23, 2014 until June 9, 2014.

A webinar to discuss the RFI will be held on May 1, 2014.  To sign up, please follow these instructions:

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