As North Carolina competes globally, its workforce and education partners must ensure that training for individuals matches the needs of employers. This need is fulfilled by career pathways—integrated systems of development programs that ensure the training individuals receive meets the present and future needs of businesses.

In May 2015, the NCWorks Commission approved NCWorks Certified Career Pathways criteria to establish the standards for the development of career pathways across the state. This certification also ensures that enrollees have access to the best education, training, and work-based learning opportunities as they pursue careers in high-demand occupations.  

Currently, Career Pathways are certified by local workforce development boards and may be subsequently recognized by the NCWorks Commission.

Career Pathways across NC

Resources for Local Partners

This website provides resources for local partners to develop career pathways in their respective areas.