What Are CareerPathways?

CTE Pathways are rigorous programs of study, patterned after National Career Clusters, to assure strong academic and technical preparation providing students with critical learning and hands-on skills. Students who focus on a Pathway acquire the skills necessary for entry into well-paid careers with high potential for rapid financial growth, increased levels of responsibility, and a high degree of personal satisfaction.
What Are the Goals of Pathways?

The goals are to:

  • Maximize opportunities for students.
  • Increase student awareness of careers and education and training.
  • Strengthen the planning process using a College & Career readiness Plan
  • Ease student transitions between secondary and post-secondary education through:
  • Increase concurrent enrollment.
  • Formulate articulation agreements.
  • Provide skill assessment recognition.
  • Complement Comprehensive Guidance.
  • Assist with regional and state planning.
  • Align training with employer needs.
  • Provide strong academic skills and real-world problem solving skills.

What Are the Anticipated Outcomes by Participating in Pathways?

The anticipated outcomes include:

  • Increased academic and skill achievement at secondary and post-secondary levels.
  • Decreased need for remediation at the post-secondary level.
  • Increased enrollment and persistence in post-secondary education.
  • Increased attainment of post-secondary degrees, certificates, or other recognized credentials.
  • Increased rate of entry into employment or further education.
  • Savings of time and money for students.

What Are The Benefits of CareerPathways?

Students use Pathways to explore  a wide range of career choices. Pathways make it easier for students to understand the relevance of required courses and select elective courses more wisely.

Parents learn what academic and technical courses their children need not only to graduate from high school, but also, for college and a variety of career fields.

Teachers use Pathways to promote programs, increase student participation, and encourage students to continue their education after high school graduation.

Schools use Pathways to meet the demands of post-secondary education and the expectations of employers. 

Employers partner with schools to contribute to the development of high academic standards that help students prepare for work. Employers gain workers who are prepared to learn new skills, adjust to technological change, and advance their careers.

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