About


The WICareerPathways website is a free resource for Wisconsin’s technical colleges and job centers.

WICareerPathways.org Background

The WICareerPathways.org is an engaging website created in partnership and with guidance from several state agencies and educational organizations including:

  • Wisconsin Technical College System
  • Wisconsin technical colleges
  • Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Local K-12 school districts
  • Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs)
  • University of Wisconsin System
  • Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU)

The project began in 2008 using funds from the WTCS through the Perkins reserve and state grants. Each technical college agreed to support this project, led by FVTC’s Articulated Programs office and developed by its Learning Innovations & Technology Department.

While the original scope of WICareerPathways.org intended to include features for adult users, the site was initially focused on middle and high school students. It was designed to facilitate the development of secondary-to-postsecondary programs of study.

It wasn’t until FVTC received funding through the RISE Partnership initiative in 2011-12 that features designed for adult learners could be added. The funding, from FVTC’s portion of the Department of Labor TAACCCT Grant Round III Interface grant, expanded the adult portion of the website by adding features for technical college staff and job center case managers who directly serve adults.

Continued funding to expand the website will be provided through the TAACCCT Round IV.

Typically, web-based, career-guidance tools offer assessments designed to narrow occupational choices. Their focus is on one job’s specific requirements and they miss the big picture. Career Pathways gives uses a variety of ways to explore, including reviewing careers in a cluster, exploring different clusters, and learning how jobs are related to each other and to higher education. Instead of narrowing career exploration, Career Pathways expands it.

In a technological world where skills from one job are transferable to another, why limit someone’s exploration to a narrow set of choices? Our survey results cover a vast selection of professions. This allows each person to explore colleges, and research occupational information in every cluster, even their least desirable clusters. WICareerPathways.org provides a unique opportunity for our visitors to expand their career knowledge.


Website Overview

The WICareerPathways website helps people explore and understand different careers. While career assessments, occupational information, and educational options currently exist in various formats and locations, they don’t provide meaningful data truly capable of guiding someone in career choice decision-making. By using an integrated approach, the WICareerPathways.org website and a soon-to-be-released mobile application place data from multiple sources in the hands of our users, or Career Explorers.

Career Clusters & Pathways

The National Career Clusters® Framework (www.careertech.org) categorizes WICareerPathways.org’s vast occupational data into educational clusters. Each one contains broadly grouped occupations in similar fields of work requiring similar skills. Each one is also divided into pathways, which are sub-groupings of occupations.

All possible professions can be found within this framework. Both the clusters and the pathways allow individuals to explore any number of jobs and educational paths including Wisconsin postsecondary majors and programs and thousands of occupations. The framework is currently organized into 16 career clusters and 79 pathways.

Career Assessments

Career explorers set up an account during their first visit to WICareerPathways.org. This account can be connected to a technical college and/or job center. After an account is created, each person takes the career clusters interest survey. Once this is completed, they land in a secure portal named My Locker where they can view their clusters in rank order based on their survey results. They can also take the O*NET Interest Profiler with Holland code results matched to the clusters. These self-assessments can be retaken at any time.

Typically, web-based, career-guidance tools offer assessments designed to narrow occupational choices. Their focus is on one job’s specific requirements and they miss the big picture. Career Pathways gives uses a variety of ways to explore, including reviewing careers in a cluster, exploring different clusters, and learning how jobs are related to each other and to higher education. Instead of narrowing career exploration, Career Pathways expands it.

In a technological world where skills from one job are transferable to another, why limit someone’s exploration to a narrow set of choices? Our survey results cover a vast selection of professions. This allows each person to explore colleges, and research occupational information in every cluster, even their least desirable clusters. WICareerPathways.org provides a unique opportunity for our visitors to expand their career knowledge.

Wisconsin Career Pathways Terminology

Career Explorer: Any visitor to the site. Specifically, those who create an account, take the survey, and are interested in pursuing additional training or education.

Career Navigator:
Technical College staff. Specifically, those who engage each user in a meaningful discussion about favorite careers and educational options.

Clusters:
Groups of careers. Each cluster contains professions related by field or needed skills.

Pathways:
Subgroup of occupations. Each cluster is further divided into specific pathways.

Roadmap:
A graphic correlation between careers and education. These demonstrate what’s possible at each level of education.

My Locker:
User storage portal. Location for saved links, information, survey results, and interest profile.


Helping Career Explorers

WICareerPathways.org makes it possible for anyone to explore multiple careers and educational paths. It also includes website features specifically designed to help technical college staff (Career Navigators) engage each user in a meaningful discussion about their favorite professions and educational options. Staff can log in through the WICareerPathways homepage to access a dashboard webpage, which provides access to college-wide website activities and individual explorer activities. From the dashboard, navigators can view college-wide data related to clusters and pathways, roadmaps, top occupations, and programs.

Staff can also view individual user data on the dashboard, including the number who: created accounts, completed the survey, logged in within the past 30 days, and were locked out. By selecting the View All feature, career navigators can view individual profiles (including survey results) and create explorer groups.

Managing the Website

Currently, the Career Prep Coordinator at each technical college manages technical diplomas, associate degrees, and apprenticeship programs offered in their district. They make changes to existing programs, remove suspended programs, add new programs, and maintain the links directing users to specific program pages on their college websites.

The Career Pathways Coordinators manage WTCS-approved Career Pathway certificates and Career Pathway Roadmaps. College staff receives access to Career Navigator features from their Career Pathway Coordinators.

Contact Us
Jay Stulo
Director—Learning Innovations & Technology
WICareerPathways Training Coordinator
Fox Valley Technical College
Appleton, WI 54915
Phone: (920) 933-5109
Email: stulo@fvtc.edu

“Compared to other career exploration websites, WICareerPathways.org provides individuals with a stronger connection between their interests and the available educational programming and employment in our area.”

-Beth Reuland, Retention Coordinator, FVTC