Teresa Guy, Career Pathways Program Coordinator
CTE Dual Enrollment Career Pathways are programs of study that allow high school students to explore careers, take a series of courses to prepare them for their fields of interest, and help them work towards college credits.
How are dual enrollment career pathways different from dual enrollment courses?
Dual enrollment courses are individual courses that students may take in high school and earn college credit at the same time. For example, many high school students take dual enrollment English composition classes.
Dual enrollment career pathways include individual courses that will award college credit and include a career pathway that also will help students explore a career field. For example, if students want to explore the medical field, they may take a series of courses in the nursing assistant career pathway that will provide them with college credit while preparing them for careers in health care.
What can a high school student do with a dual enrollment career pathway?
Students may start a career pathway with an identified sequence of courses that will increase employability and technological skills. Skills learned in high school actually prepare students for available entry level employment opportunities while attending college.
And in addition to getting head starts on their careers, they are saving money on college tuition by attending ESCC where they often earn college credits at a reduced or possibly no cost.
Are dual enrollment career pathway graduates prepared for college?
Upon choosing career fields, teachers, counselors and Career Coaches work with students to make sure they incorporate necessary academic and technical courses into their schedules. These programs of study prepare students for the workplace and for continued education through ESCC or another college or an apprenticeship program.
Why are career pathways important to today’s high school students?
The workforce and work environment as well as employment opportunities will be changing significantly in the 21st century. Recent statistics estimate that 80% of all careers require education and training beyond high school, but not necessarily a four-year degree. And of today’s high school students, 60% most likely will work in jobs that currently do not exist.
Students must make connections between what they are learning in school and how they can use these skill sets in building successful careers. ESCC career pathway services and support can assist students in making that connection.
How do students enroll in dual enrollment career pathways?
Interested students should contact their high school counselors or ESCC Career Coaches to discuss career interests and possible programs of study.