Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Local Schools See Increased Career Pathway Emphasis

hopkinsschool 300HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (4/15/13) – Eighth-graders registering for next year’s high school classes in Hopkins County Schools will see an increased emphasis on Career Pathways.
 
This week, each eighth-grader will receive a Career Pathways book specifically for the high school they will attend. Each lists all of the different pathways available at the school, as well as a chart listing suggested courses in high school. There’s also information on possible post-secondary offerings.
 
“Now, a student can look at the pathways that are offered with a guidance counselor, and decide what he or she wants to do,” said district Career and Technical Education Coordinator Kitty Davis, who has led the local effort to expand the Career Pathways options.
 
“By the time the students enter high school, they have had many opportunities to explore careers,” she said. “A Career Pathway is like an educational roadmap starting with the freshman year.”
 
In middle school, each student has an ILP, or Individual Learning Plan, which is used to record goals, store assessment results, record extracurricular activities and track career exploration activities. The ILP is a tool that students use when selecting their Career Pathway. These are developed starting in 6th grade.
 
While Career Pathways have been available in career and technical areas for a while, local educators began an effort to create pathways in academic/non-CTE areas two years ago. This came about after Kentucky set a graduation requirement that students must have four standards-based learning experiences in an academic or career interest, based on the student’s Individual Learning Plan.
 
“Now, we have Career Pathways in 10 Career Cluster areas, including science and math, arts and humanities, and manufacturing,” Davis said. “Out of 14 Kentucky Career Clusters, we offer Career Path-ways in Hopkins County Schools in 10 cluster areas.”
 
The pathways were developed by the faculty at Hopkins County Central and Madisonville North Hopkins high schools. Each school has its own Career Pathway guidebook – in school colors – because of differences in course titles and classes offered.
 
There are 56 Career Pathways at MNHHS, and 51 at HCCHS.
 
“The pathways will be updated annually, as courses are added or deleted from the curriculum,” Davis said. Most of the post-secondary information in the pathways was provided by Madisonville Community College and/or Murray State University.
 
College and Career Readiness is now a goal of the state accountability system, Unbridled Learning. “The new Unbridled Learning has brought College and Career Readiness to the forefront,” said Pam Todd, principal of Hopkins County Schools Academy and the Career and Technology Center. “The urgency is because it plays a part in the accountability numbers.”
 
The Career Pathways for each high school can be accessed online at www.hopkins.kyschools.us/careerpathways.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Lori Harrison
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Historic Downtown Princeton Hosts Chalk Walk Festival

PRINCETON, Ky. (9/29/14) — The Princeton Main Street Committee has announced the Chalk Walk Art Festival that will be… Read More

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru Sept. 24, 2014

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (9/29/14) — The following is your update on local restaurant inspections for the Hopkins County… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

September 26, 2014 5325

Super Walmart Headed to Hanson, Fate of…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
September 24, 2014 4375

Grapevine Road Collision Results in One Fatality,…

in Top Stories by Information provided by Trooper Stu Recke
September 25, 2014 4059

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

in News by Karen McKnight
September 27, 2014 3266

Hopkins County Grand Jury Misdemeanor Indictments

in News by Karen McKnight
September 26, 2014 3148

Drug Sting Results in Meth Trafficking Charge

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 29, 2014 2851

Endless Road Strings Bring Orchestra Mix to…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
September 25, 2014 2838

Ace Squared Offering Free GED Classes

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
September 25, 2014 2828

Muhlenberg Community Hospital to Host Lighting of…

in Top Stories by Information provided by Erin Warren
September 25, 2014 2659

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Sept. 25,…

in News by Madisonville Police Department
September 25, 2014 2220

Police Arrest Man for Public Intoxication Three…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 25, 2014 2132

Shoplifting Complaint Leads to Resisting Arrest,…

in Top Stories by Information provided by MPD

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

September 24, 2014 4375

Grapevine Road Collision Results in One…

in Top Stories by Information provided by Trooper Stu Recke
September 26, 2014 3148

Drug Sting Results in Meth Trafficking…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 25, 2014 2220

Police Arrest Man for Public Intoxication…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 25, 2014 2132

Shoplifting Complaint Leads to Resisting…

in Top Stories by Information provided by MPD
September 29, 2014 1544

Man, Woman Charged with Violating EPO…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

September 29, 2014 2851

Endless Road Strings Bring Orchestra Mix…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
September 25, 2014 2838

Ace Squared Offering Free GED Classes

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
September 25, 2014 2828

Muhlenberg Community Hospital to Host…

in Top Stories by Information provided by Erin Warren
September 26, 2014 1974

Muhlenberg Job Corps Recognizes Employee…

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson
September 26, 2014 1957

Muhlenberg 911 Service Recipient of…

in Top Stories by Rebecca Hanchett

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06