PCSC discusses new Pathways program

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth School Board heard a report on Indiana Career Pathways Initiative during a meeting July 10. Presenting the information was Plymouth High School Guidance Counselor, Aimee Porttues. Portteus said that Indiana’s College and Career Pathways is “an aligned sequence of secondary and postsecondary courses that leads to industry certification or a college degree in a high wage, high demand occupation.” The Indiana Department of Education has set the 2013-2014 school year as the year for full implementation of the program.
This year’s eighth graders will be given a 4-year plan.
Guidance counselors help students select appropriate course work to compete a number of credits. Porttues said, “A ‘concentrator’ is a student who has taken 6 credits in pathway courses and a ‘completer’ is a student who has taken the Pathway Assessments.”
She said Pathway Assessments lead to industry-recognized certifications using final exams for specified dual credit courses and specified end of course assessments.
According to Porttues, there are cluster areas of interest including the following: Agriculture, architecture & construction, arts, AV, and communications. Additional areas include: business and marketing, education and training, health science, hospitality and human services, information technology, manufacturing, public safety and transportation.
She said students are free to change pathways at any point if their interests change.
Plymouth Schools is a part of the North Central Vocational Co-op that offers many of the vocational courses of interest. Plymouth Superintendent Daniel Tyree said the state provides additional vocational money for students and then the schools pay for the cost of the vocational training through the co-op.
The next school board meeting will be August 7 at 7 p.m. in Administration Board Room.