College Options FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions - General


If I want to start a career pathway, what are the occupations I can choose from?

There are various occupations and industries with career pathways. To begin exploring your options, go to the complete list of Career Education pathways.

I plan to transfer to a four-year institution next year, should I still start a career pathway?

Definitely. Career pathways include university transfer students and can guide you to a four-year college degree.

How do I start and educational plan?

Start by contacting your college counselor and use the resources on this site to guide you to your chosen career.

If I already have an educational plan, why do I need to begin a career pathway?

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.

Career Pathway

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 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).

Educational Plan

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.

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Program of Study

Incorporates aligned secondary and postsecondary academic and career education and lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree.