Career pathways maps perform three main functions: They clarify and align programs and services; they link increasing levels of certification, education, and employment; and they support students in choosing among the opportunities that interest them. This toolkit is for community colleges, their K-12 partners, and—ideally—four-year institutions to use in mapping strong, seamless career pathways. Clear career pathways maps enable more students to advance through college, attain credentials with labor market value, and earn wages that sustain their families.

Pathway Mapping Event

5 suggested steps in career pathways mapping

Step 1: Pre-mapping work, project launch and leadership meeting
Step 2: Pre-mapping work, K-12 and college planning meeting
Step 3: Pre-mapping work, continuing preparation for mapping session
Step 4: Facilitated mapping session, planning next steps, 3 hours
Step 5: Post-mapping work

Pathway Map Examples

Advanced Manufacturing
Chabot College

Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering
Peralta CCD: College of Alameda & Laney College

Skyline College

Berkeley City College

Child Development and Family Studies
City College of San Francisco

Computer Science
Diablo Valley College

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies
City College of San Francisco

Transportation and Logistics
Merritt College

Toolkit authors | Amal Amanda Issa and Lindsay Anglin