Pathways equip students for the 21st-century economy and lead to jobs in high-wage, in-demand industries with career advancement opportunities. Regional employers play a lead role in developing pathway programming and identifying the skills and credentials of value to their industry and regional economy.
Pathways are designed using labor market information to identify growing industries and occupations, as well as, the skills and credentials needed for a career in targeted sectors, and are reverse mapped from industry to postsecondary to K-12 to ensure that students develop the skills and competencies they need to succeed in careers.
In Spring 2020, Hawaiʻi P–20, Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and Kamehameha Schools joined together on the Promising Credentials project, an initiative aimed at identifying high value certificates and credentials, as determined by industry, using Hawaiʻi labor market data and local employer insights. Promising Credentials in Hawaiʻi, a first-of-its-kind analysis for the state, looks at whether the credentials students can earn actually matter in the real world to local employers. Through intensive labor market analysis and outreach to local businesses, the Promising Credentials project has identified 137 Promising Credentials that are associated with 274 in-demand, living-wage occupations throughout Hawaiʻi.