Panel: Youth and Adult Sectoral and Career Pathways Programs’ Implementation, Outcomes and Impacts
(Employment and Training Programs)

Friday, November 3, 2017: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Wrigley (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Laura Peck, Abt Associates, Inc.
Panel Chairs:  Nicole Constance, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Discussants:  Molly Irwin, U.S. Department of Labor

Career Progress in the First Generation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program
Pamela Loprest1, Alan Werner2 and Nathan Sick1, (1)Urban Institute, (2)Abt Associates, Inc.

Early Impacts of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program
Laura Peck and Eleanor L. Harvill, Abt Associates, Inc.

Tulsa Community Workadvance in Practice
Karen Pennington, Madison Strategies Group

Important recent developments in job training for the low-income and low-skilled individuals involve attention to (1) sectoral-based training; and (2) preparing individuals to enter promising careers rather than just getting a job.  This trend started among adult training programs and evidence of success there has meant expansion into youth training settings.  The programs that are represented in this panel speak to sectoral and career pathways programs for both adults and youth. Two of the presentations will consider (a) the notion of “career progress” as assessed in the U.S. DHHS Administration for Children and Families-funded Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program, which provides healthcare sector training using the career pathways framework, and the extent to which that is associated with more favorable participant outcomes; and (b) the program’s impacts (as detected through an experimental impact evaluation).  To complement these, a presentation from the Tulsa Community WorkAdvance will discuss that program’s implementation, specifically from the practitioner perspective.  Then, the fourth presentation will discuss three alternative models in K-12 career pathways training that are in place in New York, Louisiana, and Colorado. The proposed panel of diverse, complementary programs brings together important insights from research on these cutting-edge sectoral and career pathways training programs.  It includes contributors from research, practitioner, government and university settings to provide additional diversity of perspectives.

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