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Career Pathway Initiative: The Development Approach

Career Pathway Initiative: The Development Approach

to achieve the goal of helping institutions strengthen career outcomes for their students, UNCF has devised a three-pronged approach. CPI’s goal is to help four-year HBCUs and PBIs strengthen institutional career outcomes by increasing the number of undergraduates who transition to meaningful jobs in their chosen fields upon graduation. To achieve this goal, UNCF has devised a three-pronged approach designed to shape an undergraduate experience that results in “Students Engaged to Learn” and “Graduates Ready to Earn,” including the following strategies: Guided Pathways – Placing student success at the center of institutional operations by engaging students in their learning journey and ensuring that they get on, stay on, and graduate from…
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Career Pathways Initiative: Developing Guided Pathways for Students Through College and Into Careers

Career Pathways Initiative: Developing Guided Pathways for Students Through College and Into Careers

the challenges of black unemployment and underemployment in the United States have persisted for decades. At a time when a college education has become critical to a professional career and a middle-class lifestyle, we as a nation continue to struggle with college completion and career preparedness. The effects of this challenge fall with special impact on the African American community, where unemployment and underemployment rates are significantly higher than the national average. To respond to this challenge, UNCF and Lilly Endowment, Inc. have joined forces with 24 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly black institutions (PBIs) to establish the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative (CPI)–a three-pronged, comprehensive…
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The Challenge: The Broken College-Career Pipeline

The Challenge: The Broken College-Career Pipeline

To meet this challenge, the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative aims to improve the ability of educational institutions to serve students who rely on them to prepare them for life after graduation, and employers who look to these institutions for well-prepared college graduates. In the highly-competitive global economy, a college education has become a fundamental requirement for employment in the economy’s fastest-growing and best-paying jobs and career paths. According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, “Over 95 percent of jobs created during the recovery have gone to college-educated workers” and “by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will…
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