The world is rapidly changing and shrinking as technology continues to expand creating instant connections regardless of space and time. We are living in exponential times. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, it estimates that today’s learner will have 10 to 14 jobs by age 38. Former Secretary of Education, Richard Riley indicated the top 10 jobs that will be in demand in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that do not yet exist.
Students must attain increased academic competencies, advanced technical skills, and greater problem-solving abilities to become productive citizens in a highly-competitive global economy. At Parkrose High School, shift is happening moving from thematic Academies to Career Pathways. The primary goal is to provide students with focus and flexibility.
Students have a choice to choose one of several formulated pathways or create one of their own. The career pathway will be documented in the student’s Education Plan. A career pathway is a sequence of elective courses (minimum of two credits) that define a focus of study.
Formulated Career Pathways are found in the following areas: Arts and Communication, Business & Technology AKA BizTech, and Health Services