Advanced Career


Advanced Career
What modern career and technical education looks like

Advanced Career

Imagine high school classes that show students how learning connects to life and work outside the school walls. Hands-on team projects allow teens to test drive careers in high-demand fields while they learn rigorous academic math, science, reading and writing, and technical skills.

Real-world learning to prepare students for further study and a rewarding career is what SREB Advanced Career is all about. Students who might lose interest in a traditional course sit up and take notice when teachers help them master skills and knowledge they recognize as practical and meaningful to their future lives.

“It flips the switch for students who aren’t sparked by traditional teaching.”

Advanced Career is the culmination of years of work by states and the nation’s largest school improvement network at SREB. The result is turnkey pathways with everything a school needs to be sure they work, from curriculum to assessments to extensive training and support for teachers. 

Each course in these pathways is hands-on, rich with projects and intellectually demanding. And all require application of college- and career-readiness standards in reading, writing, math, science and other areas so the students are ready for postsecondary study.

Students master complex academic and technical concepts and graduate ready for the workplace, technical colleges and universities.

Publication January 20186 pages16V02 (R)

College or Career?
Why not both?

High schools are challenged like never before to prepare students better for a wide array of postsecondary options. This brochure introduces the eight STEM-based AC programs ready for your school or system to adopt.



Advanced Career STEM Pathway Academies
Career academies: A proven strategy for engaging students

Research shows that career academies — small learning communities in which students take academic and technical courses as a cohort with dedicated academy teachers — not only help students transition to college, but also improve their labor market outcomes, according to studies conducted by MDRC.

High schools and technology centers that join SREB’s AC STEM Pathway Academy Network find that career academies naturally complement their existing efforts to improve instruction and engage students.

Publication December 20172 pages

Advanced Career STEM Pathway Academies

This two-page document describes how high schools and technology centers that join SREB’s Advanced Career STEM Pathway Academy Network can  adopt one or more AC pathways in an academy design that meets national standards for best practices.


For additional information, see Connecting Classrooms, Careers and College.

Publication October 20162 pages
AC Background

Advanced Career Background

Advanced Career is an innovative initiative of SREB and a consortium of states to create career pathway programs of study that prepare high school students for careers and meaningful credentials or postsecondary certificates or degrees.

Download Background