The driving force behind the Career Pathways program is that every student personalizes his/her career and educational plan beyond high school. Helping students recognize that they have direct control over the career path they choose is the challenge of Career Pathways. A career path is a broad spectrum of careers that share similar characteristics and for which employment requirements call for common interests, strengths, and competencies. The U.S. Department of Education has identified sixteen (16) Career Clusters that were designed to help students focus on an area of interest and possible career path. FASD’s Pathways Program combined the clusters to create four broader and flexible paths for student exploration and instruction. The four Pathways used by the Freeport Area School District are as follows:
Arts and Communication
Business, Finance, and Information Technology
Engineering Sciences and Industrial Technology
Health and Human Services
It is recommended that students select a Career Pathway during course selection of their 8th grade year. Students will then be able to examine specific careers and post-high school educational programs related to their Pathway. In addition, elective course recommendations and service learning options will be available to assist parents and students in making course selections that will be most beneficial to their academic and career goals. This information will help students see a connection between what they learn within the classroom and the skills they need for success in their adult lives and the work world.
Career Pathways Program of Studies
Career Pathways Website