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.
Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Tennessee
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 Certification
Beginning in the spring of 2019, schools can apply for the Tennessee Pathways Certification to earn recognition for creating strong alignment between their high school programs of study, postsecondary partners, and high-quality employment opportunities. Schools can earn the certification through an application and site visit and, if approved, qualify for statewide recognition and additional grants to support their programs.
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.