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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.

 

Arts, Media, and Entertainment

  • Performing Arts (Dance)
  • Production and Managerial Arts (Video Production)
  • Game Design and Integration

Building and Construction Trades


Engineering and Architecture


Health Science & Medical Technology


Information and Communication Technologies


Marketing, Sales, and Services


Transportation

  • Systems Diagnostics, Service, and Repair (Auto)

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

State Standards for Career Ready Practice

Standards for Career Ready Practice describe the fundamental knowledge and skills that students need to prepare for transition to postsecondary education, career training, or the workforce. These standards are not exclusive to a career pathway, a CTE program of study, a particular discipline, or level of education. Standards for Career Ready Practice are taught and reinforced in all career exploration and preparation programs or integrated into core curriculum, with increasingly higher levels of complexity and expectation as a student advances through a program of study. Standards for Career Ready Practice are a valuable resource for CTE and academic teachers in the design of curricula and lessons that teach and reinforce the career-ready aims of the CTE Model Curriculum Standards and the Common Core State Standards.

 

1. Apply appropriate technical skills and academic knowledge. Career-ready individuals readily access and use the knowledge and skills acquired through experience and education. They make connections between abstract concepts with real-world applications and recognize the value of academic preparation for solving problems, communicating with others, calculating measures, and performing other work-related practices.

 

2. Communicate clearly, effectively, and with reason. Career-ready individuals communicate thoughts, ideas, and action plans with clarity, using written, verbal, electronic, and/or visual methods. They are skilled at interacting with others: they are active listeners who speak clearly and with purpose, and they are comfortable with terminology that is common to workplace environments. Career-ready individuals consider the audience for their communication and prepare accordingly to ensure the desired outcome.

 

3. Develop an education and career plan aligned with personal goals. Career-ready individuals take personal ownership of their educational and career goals and manage their individual plan to attain these goals. They recognize the value of each step in the educational and experiential process, and they understand that nearly all career paths require ongoing education and experience to adapt to practices, procedures, and expectations of an ever-changing work environment. They seek counselors, mentors, and other experts to assist in the planning and execution of education and career plans.

 

4. Apply technology to enhance productivity. Career-ready individuals find and maximize the productive value of existing and new technology to accomplish workplace tasks and solve workplace problems. They are flexible and adaptive in acquiring and using new technology. They understand the inherent risks—personal and organizational—of technology applications, and they take actions to prevent or mitigate these risks.

 

5. Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Career-ready individuals recognize problems in the workplace, understand the nature of the problems, and devise effective plans to solve the problems. They thoughtfully investigate the root cause of a problem prior to introducing solutions. They carefully consider options to solve a problem and, once agreed upon, follow through to ensure the problem is resolved.

 

6. Practice personal health and understand financial literacy. Career-ready individuals understand the relationship between personal health and workplace performance. They contribute to their personal well-being through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and mental health activities. Career-ready individuals also understand that financial literacy leads to a secure future that enables career success.

 

7. Act as a responsible citizen in the workplace and the community. Career-ready individuals understand the obligations and responsibilities of being a member of a community and demonstrate this understanding every day through their interactions with others. They are aware of the impacts of their decisions on others and the environment around them, and they think about the short-term and long-term consequences of their actions. They are reliable and consistent in going beyond minimum expectations and in participating in activities that serve the greater good.

 

8. Model integrity, ethical leadership, and effective management. Career-ready individuals consistently act in ways that align with personal and community-held ideals and principles. They employ ethical behaviors and actions that positively influence others. They have a clear understanding of integrity and act on this understanding in every decision. They use a variety of means to positively impact the direction and actions of a team or organization, and they recognize the short-term and long-term effects that management’s actions and attitudes can have on productivity, morale, and organizational culture.

 

9. Work productively in teams while integrating cultural and global competence. Career-ready individuals contribute positively to every team, as both team leaders and team members. To avoid barriers to productive and positive interaction, they apply an awareness of cultural differences. They interact effectively and sensitively with all members of the team and find ways to increase the engagement and contribution of other members.

 

10. Demonstrate creativity and innovation. Career-ready individuals recommend ideas that solve problems in new and different ways and contribute to the improvement of the organization. They consider unconventional ideas and suggestions by others as solutions to issues, tasks, or problems. They discern which ideas and suggestions may have the greatest value. They seek new methods, practices, and ideas from a variety of sources and apply those ideas to their own workplace practices.

 

11. Employ valid and reliable research strategies. Career-ready individuals employ research practices to plan and carry out investigations, create solutions, and keep abreast of the most current findings related to workplace environments and practices. They use a reliable research process to search for new information and confirm the validity of sources when considering the use and adoption of external information or practices.

 

12. Understand the environmental, social, and economic impacts of decisions. Career-ready individuals understand the interrelated nature of their actions and regularly make decisions that positively impact other people, organizations, the workplace, and the environment. They are aware of and utilize new technologies, understandings, procedures, and materials and adhere to regulations affecting the nature of their work. They are cognizant of impacts on the social condition, environment, workplace, and profitability of the organization.