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Pathways: An Overview

Our Career Pathways programs, under the guidance of our dedicated Pioneer staff, are designed to give students a head start for their next step in life and can lead to a wide variety of careers.


Biotechnology  |  Education  |  Engineering, Architecture, Product Design 
Entrepreneurship & Marketing
 |  IT & Software Development

 Medical Health Careers & Patient Care  |  Public Service

 Wood Technology & Construction

How does my child benefit by taking a Pathway course?

Freshmen begin their chosen pathway during their freshmen year beginning with Career & College Seminary. Those with intent prior to coming to high school may take this class during summer which opens up their schedule to being the elective program they enjoy most. From grades 10-12 students follow a course sequence emphasizing meaningful, workforce-related knowledge and skills. Some choose to emphasize in more than one pathway. By senior year, many students will have participated in a college-articulated course gaining hands-on career skills, internship experience, college credit, or industry certification.


What is the scope and sequence of a Pathway?

Pathways provide students will important connections to teachers in their area of expertise which ensures programs are leveled to students' knowledge and skills. Coursework ensures a breadth of knowledge and skills which best prepare students for a career immediately after high school, a career technical program, or a focused college program. Within each course, teachers seek to provide 5 Essential Career Connections during the year. The breadth of these programs is partnered with the Ventura County Community College District and the Career Education Center from the Ventura County Office of Education. More specific information is available through each high school's Career & College Center.


What are the proven outcomes of students engaging in a Pathway modeled program?


For Students...

  • The opportunity to obtain college credit for courses completed in high school

  • A strong core of academics from which to move into a variety of career areas

  • Cutting-edge technical expertise

  • Exposure to high-paying careers

  • Opportunities to visit worksites, participate in internships, and gain an inside look at the world of work

For Parents...

  • Reduced tuition costs and other expenses when students earn tuition-free college credits while still in high school
  • More motivated students with a focus on their future

For Teachers and Schools...

  • More interesting coursework, resulting in fewer disciplinary problems
  • More students stay in school to complete their education 93 percent of CTE Career Pathways students graduate from high school compared to 82 percent of all students
  • The transition from high school to advanced education is smoother because of the rational progression of course work developed cooperatively by schools and employers

For Colleges and Other Postsecondary Education and Training Institutions...

  • More high school graduates go on to advanced education and training
  • Students are better prepared for postsecondary education
  • The transition from high school to advanced education is smoother because of the rational progression of course work developed cooperatively by schools and employers

For Employers...

  • Better educated workers who are prepared to grow and develop on the job
  • Greater numbers of skilled workers
  • Reduced employer training costs
  • Employees who know how to apply knowledge and skills to solve work-related problems
  • A world-class workforce able to outwork, outproduce, and outsmart the global competition

For the Community...

  • A healthier economy with workers earning higher wages to spend and invest
  • An improved quality of life supported by successful businesses and well-paid residents of the community
  • An educated citizenry that is prepared to contribute to the cultural and civic life