Getting Started Toolkit (Part 1): An Introduction to Career Pathways and Bridge Programs in Michigan

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide an understanding of functions and features of career pathways and bridge programs and their alignment necessary for the effective implementation of a career pathways system.

Debra Hargrove
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Michigan Adult Education Professional Development Project
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This implementation manual and accompanying web-based tutorial are the first in the series, Building Bridges for Career Pathways in Michigan, which showcases Michigan’s work with Adult Learning Collaborative Boards. This and the other five toolkits and tutorials, also housed in the ACP-SC as Supporting Resources, describe how to integrate state and national expertise. Worksheets, charts, models, case studies and lessons learned from Michigan’s existing bridge programs are provided.

The Getting Started Toolkit and Tutorials were created to document development and implementation of the Building Bridges for Career Pathways in Michigan project and to provide resources for other state and local organizations wishing to replicate their career pathways process. The complete six-part series of resources from the Building Bridges to Career Pathways in Michigan project can be found at


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Participants will be able to define the functions and features of career pathways and bridge programs and understand broad issues related to planning, implementing, and evaluating bridge programs.

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This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.