Using Career Pathways and Innovative School Models to Improve

Myra Pannell
Research and Curriculum Unit
Mississippi State University
 Assist
students in selecting their appropriate
graduation pathway
 Increase attendance rates, high school GPA,
and scores on statewide tests in secondary
 Increase enrollment in dual-credit courses
 Higher rates of postsecondary (PS)
enrollment and completion
 Decrease remediation at the PS level
 Higher skilled employees in the workforce
See this
to Success.
Employment: Career Advancement
Continuing education and lifelong learning
Post-secondary: Career Preparation
Achieving credentials: college, certification, military
9–12: Career Preparation
Academics and Career and Technical education courses, intensive guidance,
individual Career and Academic Plans
8: Individual Career and Academic Plan
Choosing a career cluster and career pathway(can change easily at any time)
6–8: Career Exploration
Discovering areas of career interests and aptitudes
K–5: Career Awareness
Introduction to the world of careers
 Career
Clusters are groupings of similar
occupations and industries.
 Mississippi
 Example:
uses the 16 national clusters.
 Are
broad groups of careers that share
similar characteristics within a career cluster
Example: Early Childhood Education is a career
pathway in the Human Services cluster.
 Prepare
today's students for tomorrow’s jobs
 Connect
students with knowledge and skills
for success in college and career
 Motivate
students to enroll in more rigorous
and relevant courses
 Guide
students from high school into career
 District-developed,
sequential set of courses
Includes academic core courses
 Coherent, challenging and relevant to
real-world situations
 Aligned to common core standards
Includes elective courses
 Logical and challenging
 Aligned to industry-recognized standards
 Aligned to College Readiness Standards
Leads to multiple exit points
 Associate’s or bachelor’s degree
 Certificate at the postsecondary level
 Industry-recognized credential
Aligns to
 Articulated credit opportunities
 Dual enrollment opportunities
A student’s guide that helps him or her establish and
achieve career and academic goals for success after
high school
Provides mentoring and guidance to assist students
in career pathway planning
Helps identify correct graduation pathway options
Supports changes to meet student needs and
Transitions into a profession or postsecondary
educational major
Students will be introduced to career options in the
6th-7th grades.
Spring pre-registration
 All 8th grade public school students in Mississippi
 Should select a program of study (major).
 Develop an iCAP based on this major with input
from counselors, mentor teachers, and parents.
In the following years, iCAP will be developed for all
incoming 8th graders.
Students will revise iCAP each year in grades 9-12.
Multiple pathway options to a standard diploma
Career Pathway Option
(21 Credits LAW) (MS Code 37-16-17)
Traditional Pathway Option
(24 Credits minimum)
District Pathway Option
(21 Credits minimum)
MS Early Exit Exam Option
Applies only to students in a State Board of Education (SBE)
Innovative Program
(17.5 Credits minimum)
See Handout on Graduation Pathways
 Innovative
High School Models
Traditional high school route
Excellence for All
Career Academies
Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment
Early College High School (ECHS)
MS Works
Open to all high school students
May include a cohort of students
 May include all students at school
Students may exit after successful completion of
lower division OR
 Students may continue the high school
experience in the upper division
 Locations
Corinth (Cambridge)
Clarksdale (Cambridge)
Lamar County (ACT)
Columbia (ACT)
Gulfport (ACT Innovations)
Open to all high school students
May be a cohort of students (pocket academies)
May include all students (wall-to-wall academies)
Students exit the Career Academy in the typical four
years required for high school
Rankin County
Madison County
Lamar County
Lincoln County
George County
 Open
to all high school students who meet
entrance criteria established by college
 Dual credit/dual enrollment does not impact
exit time unless combined with another
 Locations
Many schools offer opportunities for dual
credit/dual enrollment
2012-2013, 42 MS school districts awarded dual
 At-risk
students or recent dropouts
 Students must be between ages 16 and 21
 Students exit the MS Works program at the
point they earn their high school diploma or
at age 21
 All community colleges must implement
 MS Works Task Force recommendations ready
by Fall 2013
 Locations
Hinds CC/Rankin-Pearl
Copiah-Lincoln CC/Lincoln County
Open to all students in school
Targets at-risk or first-generation college students
Implementation involves a cohort group meeting specified criteria
A new small high school usually located on a college campus
Students enter in 9th grade after selection based on specified
criteria and application
Last two years are almost all dual-credit college courses
High school and college provide extensive student support
services for success in college courses
Support available through the Early College High School Initiative
Students enter the ECHS in 9th grade; programs are designed to
complete high school and AA/AAS degree in four to five years
In planning stage
For information concerning Pathways to
Success or MS Innovative High School Models,
please contact:
Myra Pannell
Research and Curriculum Unit
Mississippi State University
[email protected]

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