College Options FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions - General
- If I want to start a career pathway, what are the occupations I can choose from?
- I plan to transfer to a four-year institution next year, should I still start a career pathway?
- How do I start and educational plan?
- If I already have an educational plan, why do I need to begin a career pathway?
There are various occupations and industries with career pathways. To begin exploring your options, go to the complete list of Career-Technical pathways.
Definitely. Career pathways include university transfer students and can guide you to a four-year college degree.
Start by contacting your college counselor and use the resources on this site to guide you to your chosen career.
A career pathway will lead you step by step to employment while providing you information on the courses you need to take, available apprenticeships, transfer options and career choices.
A planned process for linking two secondary and post-secondary education systems. A formal articulation agreement is developed and specifies student learning outcomes based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for students to earn college credit through successful completion of the high school course or program.
A grouping of occupations that include sequences of courses to prepare individuals with the technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and/or current and emerging careers. Some of the career areas that students may enter through career and technical education include:
- Agriculture (farmers, animal scientists, turf grass specialists);
- Trade and Industrial (automotive technicians, carpenters, electricians);
- Business and Marketing (entrepreneurs, financial officers, arts/graphics designers);
- Family and Consumer Sciences (management and life skills, executive chefs, hotel managers);
- Health Occupations (nurses, physical therapists, biomedical engineers);
- Public Safety and Security (EMTs, emergency management and response coordinators);
- Technology (3D animator, computer engineer, biotechnical engineer).
Outlines the courses the student must take to earn an Associate Degree or Certificate. Seeing a College counselor to get an educational plan early on can save both time and money. This plan can always be updated as career interests and educational plans change.
- San Diego City College
- San Diego Mesa College
- San Diego Miramar College
- San Diego Continuing Education
Incorporates aligned secondary and postsecondary academic and career technical education and lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree.