Federal law establishes the unified definition of an Eligible Career Pathway Program. Career Pathway Programs that meet the federal definition offer a clear sequence, or pathway, of education coursework and/or training credentials aligned with employer-validated work readiness standards and competencies. Federal law dually standardizes the criteria for ECPP status under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) and to meet the eligible postsecondary program component for potential Title IV aid under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.
The term ‘‘career pathway’’ means a combination of rigorous and high-quality education, training, and other services that—
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