A CTE Career Pathway is a sequence of two or more CTE courses within a student’s area of career interest. Pathways are designed to connect high school classes to college, industry certifications, and career. The Poway Unified School District career pathways program consists of Academic Integration, Course Sequences, Work-Based Learning, and Support for Students.
Integrating core academic subjects such as Math, Science, and English Language Arts with hands-on CTE instruction is a proven strategy for improving academic performance and for student retention of concepts learned. Integrated project-based learning is both rigorous and relevant, making Career Technical Education students uniquely prepared to enter both college and career.
PUSD course sequences are organized as: Introductory, Concentrator, and Capstone courses. Sequences are flexible and inclusive, have multiple entry and exit points, and provide students with opportunities to complete a pathway in less than 4 years. We strive to align course sequences vertically, beginning as early as Elementary School, and horizontally across all PUSD high schools.
PUSD Career Technical Education is committed to providing sequenced, authentic, and relevant work-based learning experiences for all CTE pathway studets and staff through effective business and industry partnerships. Work-based learning is built into CTE curriculum through a continuum of experiencs, which are reflective of our Career Pathways course sequences.
Support for Students
A key component to career pathway programs is support for students. These supports include, but are not limited to:
- Supplemental Instruction
- Supplemental Materials
- Personalized Learning Environments
- Access to Technology
- School District & Community Resources
- Differentiated Instruction