The Career Pathways concept is the one strategy providing for learning communities, allowing for stronger relationships between adults and students. They ensure that all students have a strong academic foundation in English, Mathematics Social Studies and Science linked to state standards and courses link to careers, making them relevant to student interests.
Career Pathways allow students to transition to post-secondary in fields of their choosing by being able to earn college credit while in high school. They connect to the real world through hands on experiences. Career Pathways help students see a purpose in what they learn as they gain needed skills for their future and our country’s economic prosperity.
Learn about Dual Credit Courses in CTEClick here to find out more
Career Pathway Program(Formerly Tech Prep Program)The Dallas County Career Pathway program provides courses in high school to students who are interested in technical careers. All courses used to award college credit to high school students through Career Pathway program must be identified in a written articulation agreement.
A Career Pathway program articulation agreement is a signed document that indicates the specific responsibilities of the secondary school (high school), the postsecondary institution (DCCCD) and the student. The agreement also includes an outline of a recommended high school graduation plan and a two-year degree or certificate plan.
Within articulated Career Pathway programs are articulated courses, high school courses that contain the same course content as an equivalent college course, and for which Dallas County Community College District has agreed to award college credit if the students meet the requirements outlined in the course articulation agreement.
The maximum amount of Career Pathway college credit that may be offered to high school students is 15 semester credit hours. The college credit is contingent upon the student enrolling in Dallas County Community College District within 15 months after high school graduation.
How Do Students Receive Career Pathway College Credit?
- Enroll in an approved Career Pathway high school course(s) and complete CATEMA registration. (CATEMA is an online registration and information management system for the Career Pathway program and other career and technology programs.)
- Take a sequence of courses in an articulated Career Pathway program (two or more classes for three or more credits each).
- Earn a grade of B or better in the course(s).
- Enroll in a Dallas County Community College within 15 months of high school graduation and declare a major by filing a degree plan toward an associate degree or certificate program.
- Complete a Career Pathway Credit Request Form with a Career Pathway advisor at one of the colleges and submit an official high school transcript.
- Complete any additional program or college testing requirements (for example, portfolio, practical or written exam, etc.).
Which courses provide Career Pathway College Credit?
- Computer Science 1 and AP Computer Science
- CTE Courses
How Does the Career Pathway College Credit Work at the Dallas County Community Colleges?
There is a Career Pathway advisor on each DCCCD campus who serves as the contact for all Career Pathway students. After admission to a Dallas County Community College, the student must report to a DCCCD Career Pathway advisor for assistance with the college registration process.
What Are the Benefits of the Career Pathway Program?
- Students may earn up to a semester’s worth of free college credits.
- Students graduate from college in less time and eliminate the duplication of course work between high school and college.
- Students graduate with skills required for successful employment in a variety of high-tech jobs.
- Students have a head start on their associate degree program.
Notice of Nondiscrimination in Career & Technical Education ProgramsThe Dallas Independent School District, as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by law in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment decisions. The district is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, as well as board policy not to discriminate in such a manner. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)