College and Career Pathway Endorsements—Recommended Technical and Essential Employability Competencies

At a Glance

The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act established a voluntary system for school districts to award College and Career Pathway Endorsements to high school graduates in four initial sectors: health sciences and technology; IT; manufacturing, engineering, technology, and trades; and finance and business services.

Published jul. 02, 2018

Research & Design


Area of Work
  • Preparing for the Future of Work

In consultation with state agencies and key industry experts including hiring professionals, education and training professionals, and industry associations, industry-based steering committees were formed to identify and propose technical and professional competencies that students must exhibit to prove they are ready for entry-level employment, college-level coursework, or advanced sector-based training in the endorsement sector area. 

The competencies set forth in this document were developed through an iterative process involving public-private steering committees established pursuant to the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Act in order to implement College and Career Pathway Endorsements.

The competencies have been reviewed and recommended for approval by the Workforce Readiness through Apprenticeships and Pathways Steering Committee of the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth, but they remain subject to further review and modification by State agencies. This process has been led by a partnership between Education Systems Center at NIU and JFF with generous support from JPMorgan Chase & Co.