Earn It Goal 10
Workers advance along a career pathway into better jobs in the region.

Common Sense
  • To earn more over time, low-income workers must take continual steps up a “career ladder” of job classifications, each of which requires new skills or knowledge.
  • Jobs that are not place-bound—such as manufacturing or telephone customer service—are most vulnerable to leaving a rural community.
  • If workers have not had a good experience with an employer, they may find it difficult to obtain other employment in the region—bad reputations can spread quickly in rural areas.

Fast Facts

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A Rural Pipeline Everyone Can Support

A Rural Pipeline Everyone Can Support

Three hours north of Maine’s largest city, Franklin County leaders envisioned a thriving community in which working families could attain higher education levels that improved their family’s economic status [RuFES Grow It Goal 5]. Like their counterparts in many rural places, Franklin County families faced three major barriers to getting the post-secondary education they need […]

Recruiting College-Level Classes to Rural Places

The Basic Idea: Make college-level courses available in rural areas that lack a local community college, so people can access the education and skills they need to find and land higher-paid jobs.

Public-Private Partnerships

The Basic Idea: Bring business and public (government) or nonprofit resources together to develop and offer workforce training that meets a business’s specific needs and provides workers with good career opportunities.

Mapping Career Pathways

The Basic Idea: Map out paths families can follow to advance in a career and gain better jobs in their area. How it works: Identify fields in your region offering good jobs with advancement opportunities. Figure out the specific progression of jobs for each field, starting at the most basic and progressing to the most […]

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