The Western Pathways Conference focuses on identifying and highlighting innovative and effective solutions to one of the most pressing challenges in our society…how to develop a better education and workforce development system, one that adequately prepares young adults for careers leading to economic independence.
The Conference attracts leaders from throughout education, business, government and philanthropy. It is an action-oriented Conference where state teams and individuals work together to address issues like the skills gap, strengthening connections between business and education, advocating for public policy changes, providing high-quality career development, creating career pathways within the education system and much more.
The Conference strives to present creative thinking, cutting-edge ideas and best practices from exemplary programs across the Western states. The Western states include North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska and Hawaii. The Western US territories include American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. Although the Western Pathways Conference will focus on the Western states, representatives from all states are welcome to attend.
The Western Pathways Conference is organized by the Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University in collaboration with several national, regional and local partners and sponsors. The Global Pathways Institute is dedicated to creating an America in which all young people are prepared to lead productive and successful lives.
The Southwest Pathways Conference was hosted by the Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University in Scottsdale, Arizona in both 2015 and 2016. The inaugural Western Pathways Conference evolved from those two conferences and was held in Denver, Colorado in 2017 while the 2018 Western Pathways Conference was held in Salt Lake City, Utah.