The Career Pathways is a student-centered program intended to guide students in determining the best educational pathway to achieve their future career goals. Career Pathways gives students the opportunity to explore different career interest areas and the skills needed to work in each. Students will develop a career plan by examining the link between course selection and career preparation, and discovering what educational and/or training opportunities that is available after high school. Students also prepare essential job documents such as resumes, cover letters and reference pages in order to assemble a career portfolio.
The Career Pathways exploration at Tates Creek High School begins in the freshmen year during Freshmen Seminar in which students learn about themselves and careers. Students take learning, personality and aptitude surveys and based on results of these assessments begin setting goals for high school and post-secondary education. This is done through the completion of their ILP and related activities. During the sophomore year, students revisit their ILP and begin to explore the career clusters that best match their interests and aptitudes. At this point they begin thinking about which field of study is best for them. The career plan of study continues the junior and senior year. Counselors help students choose classes that best fit their goals and the career cluster that interests them.
The Career Pathway initiatives are reinforced in our Career and Technical Education courses. The overall aim of the CTE Department is to prepare students in grades 9-12 to become wise consumers, effective workers, and informed citizens. Therefore, the employability skills developed in CTE courses reinforce the objectives established for the Career Pathways Program. Both CTE and Career Pathways focus on practical application and real-world preparation. Emphasis is placed on “learning by doing” through class projects, individual presentations, community service, and simulations.
The Career Technical Education Department offers courses devoted to the exploration and preparation for professions in the following industries:
- Financial Services
- Culinary Arts
- Child Development
- Information Technology
- Computer Technology
- Fashion and Interior Design
- Business Management
Tates Creek High School also offers a course in Experienced-Based Career Education (EBCE), which is an academic internship program that uses the classroom and the community to provide hands-on career exploration. By using the expertise of business people and other community resources, students also learn practical applications on a job site. Click HERE for further information from the Fayette County Public School System about EBCE.
CAREER PATHWAY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- To provide students with a rigorous course of study focused on the career pathways and designed to provide them with skills to succeed in post-secondary opportunities.
- To increase students’ knowledge of the various career fields available to them.
- To provide students with a structured support system to assist them in becoming successful in school
Career Clusters and Plan of Study
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Individual Learning Plan
CAREER PATHWAY TEACHERS
Mrs. Angela Outland*
*Mrs. Outland is also the liaison for the Career Pathway program
About this page
- Author: Lauren Wolfe
- Updated: Thursday, May 02, 2013