Career Pathways

Hawaii P-20 is has collaborated across agencies (UH, HIDOE, Workforce) to determine how best to support students as they continue to be engaged through career pathways. Career and Technical Education (CTE) has been a driving force in student engagement over the past few years. The federal Carl Perkins Consolidated Annual Report (CAR) has shown that Hawaii high school students have a statewide graduation rate of about 82%, but if the student is in a CTE Program at a high school, they have about a 98% graduation rate . The high level of student engagement seen in CTE pathways ( HIDOE Pathways ) is attractive to communities, when trying to improve graduation rates published in the statewide school reports (also known as STRIVE HI).

In 2018, Hawaii P-20 brought together partners from HIDOE, UH and workforce (2018 Education to Workforce Symposium) to learn from each other and strengthen planning of career pathways. Future convenings should be designed in a way that helps all partners learn from each other about the systems that each agency works with and how the systems can overlap to best support student success.

In 2019, Hawaii P-20 convened stakeholders under the career pathway theory of action. The 2019 Hawaii Career Pathways Summit demonstrated how the integration of core components can lead to success outcomes. The following graphic below is the framework for our Career Pathways work.

Career pathway alignment looks different in every agency and Hawaii P-20 has helped the agencies collaborate to create CTE alignment sheets for students, families, schools and campuses leading towards. HIDOE has about 60 CTE Programs and UHCC has just as many, or more CTE Programs. The HIDOE has statewide pathway advisory councils that meet regularly to create and revise course standards. These councils are comprised of industry leaders, high school representatives and post-secondary partners. University of Hawaii community college campuses and HIDOE high schools also have their own advisory boards, engaging industry leaders as they design career pathways. CTE alignment sheets have been prototyped in local high schools during the calendar year of 2018. The first prototype used design thinking as a guide to design the layout of the alignment sheets. The second prototype used high school student registration as a guide. The CTE alignment sheets are being made available to the public through the Hawaii Industry Sector Website (UHCC), under the student portal.