Career Pathways 101


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An Introduction to Career Pathways as implemented in Mississippi

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Career Pathways 101

  1. 1. Career Pathways 101 Marcus Simmons ICC – Tech Prep Coordinator 2176 South Eason Blvd. Tupelo, MS 38804 Phone: 662.620.5136 Email:
  2. 2. Why Career Clusters? New Definition of Career Tech. Education THEN NOW Vocational Education Career Technical Education For a Few Students For ALL Students For a FEW jobs For ALL Careers 6 to 7 Programs Areas; Programs Up to 16 Clusters, 81 Path- ways; courses In lieu of Academics Aligned with/Supports Academics High School Focused High Schools and Post- secondary Partnerships
  3. 3. Definition – Career Cluster <ul><li>Each of the 16 Career Clusters is a grouping of careers and broad industries based on “common” knowledge and skills </li></ul><ul><li>Each Career Cluster represents the knowledge and skills, both academic and technical, that all learners within the cluster should achieve. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 16 Total Career Clusters
  5. 5. Mississippi’s 7 Career Clusters
  6. 6. Definition: Pathways <ul><li>A Pathway is a sub-grouping of related careers and broad industries with a Career Cluster based on “common” knowledge and skills. A subset of related occupations within a career cluster.  Example:  Food Processing and Production is a career pathway found within the Agriculture Career Cluster </li></ul><ul><li>The Pathway represents the knowledge and skills, both academic and technical, necessary to pursue a full range of career opportunities with a Pathway – ranging from entry level to management. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Example Business, Management, & Administration Is the Career Cluster with several Pathways Listed under it. Marketing Management Human Resources Business Analysis
  8. 8. Definition: What is a Plan or Program of Study <ul><li>A sequenced listing of courses, both academic and CTE/degree major, that connects learners’ high school and post-secondary educational experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>A set of course descriptions of the CTE/degree major courses based on knowledge and skill statements. </li></ul>Handout included
  9. 9. Note: Categories of courses (e.g. Required, Recommended Electives, other Electives and Career and Technical Education apply to both secondary and postsecondary levels. Marketing Either course satisfies economics requirement; ■ Coursework Subject 9 th Grade 10 th Grade 11 th Grade 12 th Grade Advanced Coursework for Postsecondary Credit Language Arts (9 credits ) English 9 English 10 Speech English 11 English 12 Tech Prep Advanced Placement Mathematics (6 credits) Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Pre-Calculus Trigonometry Calculus Statistics Tech Prep Advanced Placement Science (6 credits) Earth Science Biology Chemistry Physics Tech Prep Advanced Placement Social Studies (5 credits) US History 11 American Government Economics Tech Prep Advanced Placement Idaho Professional-Technical Education Classes ME0100 Business Essentials BE0310 Business Computer Applications I ME0200 Marketing Economics ME0300 Principles of Marketing ME0400 Principles of Promotions ME0350 Retail Merchandising ME0500 Principles of Management ME0600 Business Ownership Entrepreneurship ME9900 Cooperative Education Additional Requirements or Electives World History Geography US History 10 Art/Music/Theatre PE/Health Foreign Language ME0340 Intro to International Business ME0328 E-Commerce ME0700 Marketing Education Lab BE0410 Accounting I Tech Prep Advanced Placement ■ Extended Learning School-Based Career Days Internships Speech Team Career Interviews Job Shadowing Debate Team Career Research Manage Fundraising Activity Senior Project Service Learning Project Stage Manager for School Play BPA DECA Community-Based Boy/Girl Scouts Volunteer Junior Achievement Part-Time Employment Mentorships Participate in Youth Leadership Program Organize a Fundraising Event Participate in Chamber of Commerce
  10. 10. Components of the Career Pathways System <ul><li>Begin with the End in Mind </li></ul><ul><li>Programs of Study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build these programs of study together; secondary, post-secondary, businesses… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include all students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include all occupations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide for Multiple entrances and exits. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Multiple Entrance and Exit Points – High School + Post-secondary <ul><li>High School + Bachelors </li></ul><ul><li>High School + Associates </li></ul><ul><li>High School + Associates + Bachelors </li></ul><ul><li>High School + 1 year certificate </li></ul><ul><li>High School + Industry Certificate </li></ul>
  12. 12. Marcus Simmons Tech Prep Coordinator Itawamba Community College 2176 S. Eason Blvd. Tupelo, MS 38804 Phone: 662-620-5136 Email: [email_address] Fax : 662-620-5102 Thank you