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Do you dream of opening your own restaurant? Or creating the next big web series? Don’t wait until after graduation – you can start on the path to your dream job today!
“With the Career Pathways program, students can train for a career, gaining college credit and industry certification, while still in high school,” says Aurora Umana-Arko, principal of Early College High School in Colorado Springs School District 11. “So once students graduate, they’re ahead of the game and can go straight into the workforce or onto a four-year university.”
Jumpstart your future with one of the 7 different pathways at D-11’s Early College High School:
1. Agriculture & Science
Not afraid to get a little dirty? Delve deep into the world of plant cultivation with the agriculture and science pathway.
Once completed, students can earn their Greenhouse Management Certificate and pursue careers in greenhouse/nursery maintenance, farming, plant and soil science or continue their education.
2. Business & Marketing
Hone your business smarts with college courses in entrepreneurship, business and marketing. Whether you want to start you own business, become CEO of a Fortune 500 company or organize a nonprofit, a background in business and marketing is the perfect place to start.
3. Technology & Communications
For students who love to create and design, there’s the technology and communications pathway. You can earn industry-recognized Adobe InDesign certifications, preparing you for a job in creative fields like journalism, graphic design, digital media or advertising.
4. Cyber Security
Are you a computer whiz? Put your skills to work by pursuing a career in the fast-growing cyber security industry. Pathway courses can lead to information technology certificates like CompTIA A+ and TestOut Security Pro.
If you dream of being at the front of the classroom, the education pathway can get you there, fast. Course offerings are designed to prepare students to earn their paraprofessional teaching assistant, ACT WorkKeys and CPR, AED and First Aid training and certification.
Students also have the opportunity to do a teacher cadet internship. Those interested in teaching special ed can even apply for a position with the school district after graduation. “Essentially we’re grooming our own students so that we can get them into the classroom as future teachers,” says Principal Umana-Arko.
6. Hotel & Restaurant Management
This pathway can lead you to a career as a head chef, event planner or owner of a high-end hotel. Students can take classes in hospitality and tourism management, event industry or even food science to earn a number of certifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
Get hands-on experience fixing cars and working in an automotive shop with this pathway. Classes let students learn the ins and outs of repairing vehicles and gain essential technical skills and industry certifications.
Early College High School & Career Pathways at D-11’s Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus is a comprehensive, four-year high school currently enrolling 162 full-time and 247 part-time students. The school is partnered with a number of Colorado institutions, including Pikes Peak Community College, University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Metropolitan State University of Denver.
The curriculum blends together high school and college-level work into one cohesive academic program, allowing students to graduate with at least an Associate’s degree with no cost to families.
Whether you’re looking to get college credit or pursue your career, Early College High School & Career Pathways can help you gain the skills and education you need to achieve your dreams.
This article was produced for and sponsored by Colorado Springs School District 11. It is not a product of or affiliated with KOAA News 5.