Pathway Programs are a combination of rigorous and high-quality education, training, and other services that aligns both vertically and horizontally across Secondary Education, Adult Education, Workforce Training and Development, Career and Technical Education, and Postsecondary Education systems, pathways, and programs. Collaborative partnerships with these entities and business and industry, along with human service agencies, corrections, and other community stakeholders, serve as the foundational structure for high-quality and sustainable career pathways. A career pathway also includes multiple entry and exit points to facilitate individuals to build their skills as they progress along a continuum of education and training and advance in sector-specific employment. (https://www.isbe.net/Documents/IL-Career-Pathways-Dictionary.PDF)
In alignment to District 300’s central mission, to provide engaging and inclusive educational experiences that empower and equip all students to discover, innovate, and succeed now and in the future, students who graduate from our schools will be prepared to effectively make postsecondary and career decisions. Our Pathways offer aligned elective coursework, industry exposure, and work-based internships to help students prepare for their postsecondary goals.
Middle school students will understand the concepts of career clusters, and further explore possible careers. Students will explore the relationships between community service, extracurricular activities, postsecondary goals, and career goals.
High school pathways will provide students with real world knowledge, experience, and skills to thrive in college classrooms and to compete for 21st century careers. Pathways include a sequence of recommended courses in select career fields, and many include opportunities for internships with our local businesses and/or the opportunity to earn an industry certification as a high school graduate.
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