Students, parents, educators and all Tennesseans can now locate information about high-quality career pathways offered across the state through a new online dashboard and map.
The dashboard is built on information from the Tennessee Pathways certification program, a designation for K-12 school districts and their partners that recognizes strong alignment between high school programs of study, college and university partners, and high-quality employment opportunities in each region of the state.
The public-facing dashboard enables users to identify what pathway opportunities exist for students – in a broad range of careers –by locating K-12 schools with Certified Tennessee Pathways, their college, university and industry partners, and how to connect with their Pathways Regional Coordinators. The regional coordinators, based at Tennessee Board of Regents community and technical colleges, work to foster partnerships among schools and districts with local colleges and employers that help students get a head start on completing their degrees or industry credentials.
Tennessee Pathways, a joint venture between the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Board of Regents, creates alignment among K-12, postsecondary education, and employers so that students have clear and guided pathways to move from high school to postsecondary education and the workforce. For a pathway to achieve certification, it must include high-quality college and career advisement, progressive coursework, effective postsecondary and industry partnerships, early postsecondary opportunities such as dual enrollment in high school and college, and work-based learning opportunities.
An overview of Tennessee Pathways, including short tutorial videos introducing features of the dashboard, and access to the dashboard, is here: https://www.tbr.edu/tennessee-pathways/overview
In 2019, the inaugural year of Pathways Certification, 122 pathways at 74 high schools across the state earned the recognition. The dashboard is updated regularly as new pathways are developed and earn certification.
For more information, contact: Pamela Sieffert, Tennessee Pathways Program Director, District and Industry Engagement, at Pamela.Sieffert@tbr.edu.
The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.