Many students in today’s high schools choose courses and work experiences in an unplanned, aimless manner, often resulting in limited career options and undeveloped potential. Innovative educators across the nation have responded by restructuring schools around career pathways. A career pathway is an integrated, multi-year sequence of career guidance, coursework, and work-based learning experiences that enables students to explore a variety of career choices and provides a context for learning.
Schools that are organized around career pathways give students an opportunity to use their experiences in the classroom and the workplace to help determine what they might or might not want to do, and gain a better understanding of the kinds of experience, skills, and education and training they will need to be successful in the workplace. The idea that students can begin to develop an initial career direction which provides a purpose and context for learning can motivate students, increase their achievement, and smooth the transition from school to work.
Natalie Magaña | College & Career Center Technician
Javier Evangelista | College Adviser; Destination College Advising Corps, UC Santa Barbara
What You Can Do Here…
- Learn about occupations and career
- Learn about universities, colleges, community colleges, and technical schools
- Attend presentations about colleges and careers
- Get college applications, scholarship applications and financial aid forms
- Register for the PSAT, SAT and ACT tests
- Find out about school-to-career opportunities such as job shadows and industry-related field trips
- Search for a job; check the job listings