Each step on the career pathway prepares individuals for the next level of employment or education. By focusing on in-demand industry credentials and certification, Career Pathways aligns individuals with the needs of Virginia’s workforce – targeting jobs important to the local economy.
Of the 1.5 million job vacancies expected in the next decade in Virginia, more than half will require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree. Instead, businesses will seek job applicants who hold an associate’s degree and/or industry-recognized certifications.
Middle-skill jobs account for 49 percent of Virginia’s labor market, but only 40 percent of the state’s workers are trained to the middle-skill level, according to the National Skills Coalition.
Career Pathways can help fill this job gap by providing direction and structure in employable fields – while helping individuals attain a livable wage, career success and independence.
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CPID teamed up with the Virginia Manufacturers Association, which created “Dream it. Do it. Virginia” academies. These programs immerse individuals in advanced technology and allow them to explore STEM fields. For more information, visit www.dreamitdoitvirginia.com.