Every step you take in life - school, hobbies, jobs - can help you move along your career pathway. Building your career pathway is a life-long process shaped by each decision you make and each event that occurs in your life (planned or unplanned). You will go from school to school, job to job, and perhaps career to career, with each change resulting in another step on your path.
Take each step in your life carefully, make informed decisions, don't be afraid to ask questions of those around you, and you will follow your pathway to success.
Career Pathways at Community Colleges
One way to continue education after high school, whether it is right after you graduate or many years later, is at one of Oregon's community colleges. You can take a single class, or take many courses. You can earn a short-term certificate, or a two-year degree.
To help students complete training for specific careers, Oregon's community colleges offer Career Pathways, or defined lists of courses that, upon completion, prepare students for specific careers.
Read about the Career Pathways offered at your local community college by going to www.mypathcareers.org and clicking on the map. Click on the city closest to you to find your local community college. Once you click on a city, you will see the Pathways programs offered at your local community college.
A Career Pathways Certificate opens the door to your educational and career goals. Each certificate requires just a few courses. You can move at a pace that is comfortable for you. The shorter-term certificate gives you a competitive edge when applying for entry-level positions in a given career. As you take more courses, you'll find that each new Career Pathways Certificate will give you an advantage for better positions. These certificates can eventually lead to an associate's degree - or even beyond! It's up to you how far you want to go.