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

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 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 on social media.

In Other News...

24th Annual Miss Teen Hopkins County Fair Pageant Winners Announced

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (8/01/15) — The 24th Annual Miss Teen Hopkins County Fair Pageant began as 13 teens performed a… Read More

MCCH Blood Donor Center Receives Positive Report

MURRAY, Ky. (8/1/15) — The Blood Donor Center at Murray-Calloway County Hospital was given a stellar “no deficiencies”… Read More
1 DOW 17,689.86
0.00 (0.00%)    
2 S&P 2,103.84
0.00 (0.00%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,128.28
-0.50 (-0.01%)    

Most Read This Week

July 27, 2015 5996

Death of Central City Man in Dawson Springs Under…

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 3802

School System Announces Free Lunch/Breakfast at…

by SurfKY News
July 30, 2015 3428

Webster Man Leads Police on Chase through Parts…

by SurfKY News
July 31, 2015 3386

Miss Hopkins County Fair 2015 Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 28, 2015 2622

Hanson, Owensboro, Bowling Green Youths Win at…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

July 17, 2015 16371

Muhlenberg Most Wanted - Top 10

by SurfKY News
July 23, 2015 15341

UPDATE: Family Confirms Body of Missing Teen…

by Shawn Freels, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

August 01, 2015 2244

24th Annual Miss Teen Hopkins County Fair Pageant…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 2098

Little Miss, Mister Hopkins County Fair Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 1503

'Diggers' Return to Find More Hatfield-McCoy…

by SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 1039

Knight Crowned 2015 Miss Pre-Teen Hopkins County…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 888

One Injured in Vehicle Roll-Over Accident

by SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 443

South Korean Automotive Supplier INFAC North…

by SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 418

Who Will Be America's Next President?

by SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 385

Commissioner Comer Honors Kentucky Farmers'…

by SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 371

Keeping the Faith - 'In Scorn of the Consequences'

by SurfKY News