When creating school pathways, it’s important to take it year by year. In the first year, you’ll determine which pathway(s) you’d like to offer, set goals for the future, and build the foundation for course progressions that will be used in every pathway you create going forward. The hard work is done. This makes it easier to implement new pathways in the years to come. Now it’s time to let the fun and creativity begin.
Now that your foundation is in place, in the second year you should choose a feasible number of pathways to implement that are applicable to your school. This might be just one pathway beyond a graduation pathway to start. Make sure it’s career-focused with in-demand job opportunities, whether it’s pulled from your state’s defined pathways or something that you create through an integrated community or corporate partnership. Consider incorporating work-based learning, apprenticeships, and internships into your pathway requirements.
Once you’ve begun implementing your pathway options, you’ll start to get a feel for how students are responding to your efforts. This is the perfect time to collect feedback, determine student eligibility, and understand where and how to expand your course offerings. Partnering with local colleges or businesses will help finalize the pathway requirements and provide hands-on learning opportunities to set your students up for success, as they progress through their chosen pathway. Use these partnerships to help design your pathway requirements and provide course offering assistance. They are your career and job experts, and the more you work together the more successful your pathways (and students) will be.
Capture Education can help you implement your pathways and test for success. Let us show you how schools are currently using Pathway Advancement to College and Career (PACC) to create school pathways when you attend one of our upcoming webinars.