Outcomes and Focus Areas

Design career pathways programs with the end in mind.

Career Pathways Action Guide Phase:

Outcomes for your program could range from placing a certain percentage of new workers into local urban forestry-related jobs to equipping program participants with basic tree identification and chainsaw safety skills, or even preparing participants to enter apprenticeship programs in the field after graduation.

Successful career pathways programs simultaneously address local market demand and equip participants with competitive skillsets for entry into the workforce upon graduation.

Does your city face large scale tree removals due to environmental stressors? Are you dealing with a tree maintenance backlog? Be sure to assess your region’s market needs, gathering information from area employers to better inform your program outcomes and focus areas.

Eugene-Ice-Storm-2Crew member in Eugene, OR in the aftermath of a 2019 ice storm.

Limiting program outcomes and focus areas to between 5-10 for the first few years may help you manage the capacity it will take to operate smoothly. Outcomes for participants can include:

  • Types of learning objectives
  • Acquired skills or competencies
  • Earned credentials or certifications

Focus areas indicate the scope of your program and can include:

  • Professional development like workplace etiquette, interview coaching, and resume writing
  • Technical training like tree maintenance techniques and equipment handling
  • Academic instruction like tree identification, math and/or science refresher courses
  • Networking experiences like job shadowing and formal mentorship
Career Pathways Action Guide