Utilizing the local pathways already existing within Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, we developed curriculum for middle school students to explore potential pathways and career options. “Local Paths” are highlighted with a video lesson that included testimonials from teachers, students, and featured opportunities within the pathway program and industry as a whole.

Early Exploration is Key

Feeling ready to attend college or jump into a career is not an overnight process. It takes time, reflection, and most importantly – exploration. Many school districts have implemented “pathway” programs to help guide students towards careers they are interested in, and provide them opportunities to explore their industry of choice while still in high school. These pathways integrate appropriate pre-college education and training, alongside hands-on opportunities to put knowledge into action. However, when a student begins high school, how do they know which pathway to choose?

In order to help middle school students make better educated decisions regarding pathway programs to pursue, we’ve created a “Local Paths” curriculum that distinctly highlights the different pathway options within Paso Robles Joint Unified School District. 12 different industries, and 15 different lessons, allows students freedom to explore different pathway and career options before they are in high school. Each lesson provides students with an overview of the pathway, opportunities, teacher & student testimonials, as well as what to expect as a pathway participant. They are designed to assist in an individual’s own unique career exploration, providing necessary content to help them make the best decision.

Early exploration is key. By taking time to utilize a “Local Paths” curriculum in middle school, students feel more confident and ready to choose a pathway when they enter high school.

Want to learn more? Check out this video below.