Based on curriculum piloted in our High School Career Academies for the past three years, the district is developing career pathways that are available to every student in the high schools where they are offered. These pathways are usually found in vocational programs and we are proud to be offering them starting in 2020-2021, with more being planned for each year.
Many of Toms River Regional’s career pathways are also “Programs of Study,” which the federal Perkins program and the NJ Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) say includes:
a minimum of three courses in a sequence where skills are progressively acquired
- alignment with career standards and local/regional industry needs
- both academic and technical skills and content
- at least one structured learning experience (SLE), where students can apply their learning in the real world (ex. job shadowing, work study, service learning, internship)
- the opportunity to earn dual high school + college credits
the potential to earn an industry-valued credential or certification
Pathways that are not approved POSs have many of the same opportunities but have not been approved by the state.