Relationships and networks are powerful. They can open doors to limitless opportunities. Unfortunately, far too often students of lower socioeconomic status have restricted and shrinking networks. Therefore, at Pathways High we are committed to providing IMPACT opportunities for students to grow their networks across industries and the community. We believe that connecting students to adults and career opportunities in our region creates a pipeline of exceptional young adults who want to remain here and contribute to a thriving community. IMPACT takes the form of experiences within the interdisciplinary seminars, internships and/or apprenticeships and an optional fifth/IMPACT year.
A DEEPER DIVE
(Click on gear piece for more information.)
"The Department of Labor’s registry now lists 21,000 programs with about 500,000 apprentices, which sounds impressive but represents only 1.5 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds in this country and is far short of demand."
"...we can work collectively to create real and lasting linkages to bridge the gaps between high school, higher education, and work, we have an opportunity to rethink, and to continue adapting, what public education needs to look like to give our kids a chance to thrive in a world we can’t yet see."
IMPACT diploma students have the opportunity to design a fifth/IMPACT year which could include additional apprenticeships or internships, certification programs and up to 2 dual enrollment courses per a semester. Students spend the majority of their time outside of our school but still retain the full support of our staff and resources.
Students identify how they plan to make an impact on the world, and with the aid of staff, create developmental goals and reflect on their experiences -- processes necessary for long-term success.
Students are required to complete a Capstone project during their Impact Year which includes a give back to the local, national or global community. Students will showcase their critical thinking and EMPOWER Skills in settings outside of school; their ability to identify, plan for and explore challenging problems; and their connections to the community.