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Text Box: A Career Pathway is a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career courses, commencing in the ninth grade and leading to an associate degree, and/or an industry-recognized certificate or licensure, and/or a baccalaureate degree and beyond.   A Career Pathway is developed, implemented, and maintained in partnership among secondary and postsecondary education, business, and employers. Career Pathways are available to all students, including adult learners, and are designed to lead to rewarding careers.   

The essential characteristics of an ideal Career Pathway include the following:  

  1. The Secondary Pathway component

    • meets state academic standards and grade-level expectations;

    • meets high school testing and exit requirements;

    • provides additional preparation to assure college readiness;

    • meets postsecondary (college) entry/placement requirements;

    • provides academic and career-related knowledge and skills in a chosen career cluster; and

    • provides opportunities for students to earn college credit through credit-based transition programs (e.g. dual/concurrent enrollment, advanced placement, tech prep, international baccalaureate, middle college high schools, articulation agreements).

  2. The Postsecondary Pathway component provides

    • opportunities for students to earn college credit through dual/concurrent enrollment or articulation agreements;

    • alignment and articulation with baccalaureate programs;

    • industry-recognized skills and knowledge in each cluster area; and

    • employment, business, entrepreneurial opportunities in the chosen career cluster at multiple exit points.

  3. Pathway partners assure a culture of empirical evidence is maintained by regularly collecting qualitative and quantitative data;

    • using data for planning and decision making for continuous pathway improvement; and

    • maintaining ongoing dialogue among secondary, postsecondary, and business partners.