Career and College Pathways

Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, all Spring Lake Park High School student will have expanded opportunities to explore future career and college pathways and earn college credits with the Career and College Pathways.
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What are Career and College Pathways?

Spring Lake Park analyzed market and employment data and partnered with community members, industry leaders, staff and students to identify the most relevant opportunities for students within the state of Minnesota. The work led to the development of three Career and College Pathways at Spring Lake Park High School to ensure our students have the skills, qualifications and opportunities to succeed after they graduate from high school. Each pathway represents a predicted need for job placement and new hires. The three pathways are:

Why take a pathways course?

The Career and College Pathways are designed to give Spring Lake Park High School students an edge, regardless of the path they choose after high school. The goal is to provide opportunities for students to apply learning in different career fields. Students gain real-world experience while also preparing for their personal post-high school journey, whether they choose a career and technical program, associate degree, certification, four-year college degree, or employment. Each pathway includes the following:

  • Collaborative, project-based learning
  • Partnerships with local community members and businesses so students can learn from guest instructors, mentors, panelists, field experiences, simulations and projects
  • Core and elective credit options
  • Options for college credits
  • A focus on employability skills
  • Experiences that will help students make better decisions about their future, whether they pursue college or career options
  • Increased relevance of academic content
  • Accessibility and support for all students