Career Pathways Strategic Framework – Deaconess Foundation
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Strategic Framework

Deaconess Foundation helps people in need build careers that sustain them and their families.


Why Career Pathways


In 2016, we adopted career pathways as our strategic framework. The career pathways approach is an employer-driven approach, grounded in timely and accurate labor market data, and supports individuals along an established, progressive route to stable employment offering family-sustaining wages.


Key services under a career pathways approach are career navigation assistance, work experience, employer supports and credential training/education. A career pathways approach requires a longer timeframe than an employment entry approach because “success” is the attainment of family-sustaining wage, which is not always a direct, linear path, and can take years to unfold.