Career Pathways

A Career Pathway is a holistic blend of high-quality education education, training, and other services that:

  • Aligns with the skill needs of industries in your region;
  • Prepares you to be successful in secondary or post-secondary education opportunities;
  • Includes advising to support you in achieving your education and career goals;
  • Offers education and workforce training for a specific job or occupational field; 
  • Organizes your education, training, and other services to meet your needs in a way that helps speed up your educational and career advancement;
  • Enables you to attain a high school diploma or equivalent, and at least one post-secondary credential; and
  • Helps you enter or advance within a specific occupation or occupational field.

Career Pathways look different for everyone and is dependent on your current level of education and skills. The great thing about a Career Pathway is that it allows you to jump on and off as you stack your credentials without losing any of the hard work you've done. For example, if you have a high school diploma and have been working for a while, you can return to training to earn a certificate or diploma which may boost your promotion potential. Later, you can go back for more training and using the credentials you've already earned, obtain a degree. Click on the thumbnail below to see an example of what a Career Pathway looks like for someone who is in the Aerospace & Aviation field. 

Earn Your National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

You can get a jump on earning stackable credentials for your Career Pathway by earning your National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The NCRC is a nationally recognized certificate that allows you to show prospective employers that you possess the basic skills common in today's workplace. The NCRC is based upon WorkKeys, a nationally recognized skills assessment tool developed by ACT, Inc.

You will be assessed in three key areas:

  1. Applied Math
  2. Workplace Documents
  3. Graphic Literacy

Contact your local community college or NCWorks Career Center for more information on obtaining your NCRC.

If you would like to practice for the NCRC and take a pre-assessment, the ECWDB provides self-paced, web-based courseware from Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN). The WIN Career Readiness Courseware is a career-infused, interactive foundational curriculum aligned to national and state college and career readiness standards, assessments, and certification programs. It is also free of charge! To sign up, contact your local NCWorks Career Center or Erin Ananian-Gentile at 

Click on the thumbnail below for more information about the WIN.