The Pathways


Real-world learning to prepare students for further study and a rewarding career is what 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.

How States Are Making It Real

Each state in the initiative has chosen a high-wage, high-skill field important to its economy and is developing four courses that start students down the path toward pursuing a recognized industry certificate, a community/technical college certificate, or an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in that field.

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.