What Is A Career Pathway?
Career Pathways are small learning communities in which students take career technical education courses as a cohort with dedicated pathway teachers.
“American communities are challenged by young adults who are not fully prepared for the demands of postsecondary education and training, skilled employment, and civic participation. As a result, individuals, families, educators, employers, and the community experience unemployment and underemployment, skill gaps in the workforce, slow economic growth, poor student achievement, low college completion rates, and a diminishing middle class.” – National Center for College & Career Transitions
- Build awareness and interest in postsecondary careers
- Facilitate students that are Career and Life Ready
- Build employer and community engagement through internship programs
- Exposure to technical and employability skills and standards
- Engage learners in rigorous and active learning educational practices
Benefits to Students
Students participate and engage in courses that build skills that directly relate to future postsecondary education and/or workforce placement. Students gain applied knowledge, technical skills, applicable real world work experience, and employability skills that will help them with future career preparation and navigation.
Benefits to Parents
Career Pathways give support for student guidance and transition into productive and responsible adults. Students are given the opportunity to explore interests and career options before the stress and monetary realities of adulthood set in.
Benefits to Employers
Career Pathways give access to a greater number of students who will enter the workforce better prepared, better qualified, and focused on contributing to the expectations and rigors of the workplace.
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