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