Wednesday, August 26, 2015 2:00 PM ~ 3:30 PM ET

This session is the seventh webinar in the Enough is Known for Action series for the youth community, hosted by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Division of Youth Services and Regional Offices. The purpose of this webinar series is to inspire strategic planning and action now as the system is in the early stages of implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).


The passage and implementation of WIOA offers workforce and education programs a renewed opportunity to collaborate and meet the needs of youth, adult learners and job seekers. Career Pathways is a promising approach for aligning workforce development, education and training that is a requirement and is strongly emphasized in the new law. The initiative offers a new way of viewing employers as partners and co-leads in this work. In this webinar, you will hear about the new law’s emphasis on career pathways as a way to create more efficient and customer-centered approaches to education and training for youth. You will hear about the distinctions between career pathways programs and systems and be provided a sneak peek of our upcoming Career Pathways Toolkit and its six key elements. Audience members will hear how the federal government is prioritizing career pathways and learn about promising approaches in a few local areas across the country that are building career pathways programs and systems to benefit youth development, educational and employment opportunities.


Danielle Waddell, Region 5, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Chicago, IL

Sara Hastings, Division of Youth Services, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Washington, DC


Nancy Brooks, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U. S. Department of Education

Lisa Washington-Thomas, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Michael Gritton, Executive Director, KentuckianaWorks, Louisville, Kentucky

Chanda Robinson, Director of Community Programs, Our Piece of the Pie, Inc., Hartford, Connecticut