Tennessee Pathways

Tennessee Pathways creates alignment between K-12, postsecondary education and employers so that students have a clear and guided pathway to move seamlessly into the workforce.

Alongside Tennessee’s landmark tuition-free college grant programs—Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect—Tennessee Pathways directly supports the Drive-to-55 goal of equipping at least 55 percent of Tennesseans with a college degree or certificate by 2025.

How does it work?

Tennessee Pathways is structured around three key elements to support student enrollment and success in postsecondary programs:

  • High-quality college and career advisement throughout K-12

  • Rigorous early postsecondary and work-based learning opportunities in high school
  • Seamless vertical alignment between K-12, postsecondary programs, and career opportunities as a result of effective partnerships among school districts, higher education institutions, employers and community organizations

Tennessee Pathways Impact Summary

A snapshot of our team’s impact across the state. This summary includes innovative partnership activities with employers, postsecondary institutions, and community organizations, an overview of the regional coordinator role, and data from the Tennessee Pathways Certification.

Tennessee Pathways Impact Summary

2020 Tennessee Pathways Certification Recognition

On April 20, 2021, Tennessee Pathways welcomed stakeholders and partners to the 2020 Tennessee Pathways Certification Recognition Event to honor the new Tennessee Certified Pathways. In total, 51 school districts, representing a 159 pathways were recognized as well as 7 Tennessee Pathways Partners of the Year, representing our cross-sector partnerships in postsecondary and industry. A recording of the virtual event is available for viewing.

 Tennessee Pathways Certification

Tennessee Pathways Certification

The Tennessee Pathways Certification, a designation for school districts and their partners, recognizes strong alignment between high school programs of study, postsecondary partners, and high-quality employment opportunities in each region of the state. In the inaugural year of the certification, 122 pathways at 74 high schools across the state earned the recognition.

Regional Coordinators

Regional coordinators are housed at local TBR institutions across the state. Regional coordinators connect area education and workforce professionals to align high school and postsecondary coursework with local labor market needs. Regional coordinators foster partnerships between schools and districts with local colleges and employers that help students get a head start on completing their degrees or industry credentials.

Tennessee Pathways Data Map

This public-facing dashboard enables internal and external audiences to identify what career pathways opportunities exist for students by locating districts and schools with Certified Tennessee Pathways, their industry and postsecondary partners, and how to connect with their Pathways Regional Coordinators.  Short tutorial videos are available to introduce the features of the dashboard and the tool will be updated regularly as new pathways are developed and earn the Certification. 


How can I get involved?

To learn more about Tennessee Pathways follow us on Twitter @TN_Pathways, or contact Tennessee.Pathways@tbr.edu.