San Leandro High School’s Career Pathways provide opportunities and options for students to explore high growth industry careers. Pathways are sequences of college and career readiness courses for 10th through 12th graders that focus on rigorous academic and college- preparatory curriculum. The courses are designed to develop students’ core academic and technical skills. All incoming 9th graders will begin their college and career pathway by completing the semester long College and Career Seminar course. Starting in the 10th grade year, students have the option of taking classes from pathway programs described below. Students who choose a career pathway will participate in work-based learning opportunities, such as internships, job shadows and industry tours that will support personalized real world learning. Many courses also provide early college credits that have been articulated with local community colleges. Unlike our academies, pathways do not operate under a cohort model. Students select their non-pathway classes from among our many course offerings and students have the ability to take classes from more than one pathway. While the pathways officially launch for the class of 2021, many of the 10th-12th grade pathway courses are offered. Please see the SLHS Course Catalog for more details on these pathways and the courses available to our students.
The explosion of new technologies combined with an aging population has created a high demand for biomedical health professionals. Whether discovering new cancer treatments or teaching healthy lifestyle choices to communities, today’s biomedical science professionals are tackling big challenges to make the world a better place. Students in the Biomedical Health Pathway pursue a meaningful career helping others by engaging in compelling, hands-on activities and projects that professionals encounter in the workplace. Students in the Biomedical Health Pathway can prepare for careers such as nursing, pharmacology, medical careers, health care administrative services, physical therapy, forensics, dentistry, veterinary medicine, sports medicine, occupational therapy and biotechnology. Students can select the following courses in this pathway:
Advanced manufacturing is an exciting field that invents and creates the products that people need and want in a modern world. Manufacturing has moved from manual equipment to highly computerized equipment and innovative processes like 3-D printing. Today’s employers are looking for people who have strong math skills and be able to apply scientific and technical principles to structures and manufacturing processes which is why many of California’s Community Colleges are preparing students for high paying jobs in advanced manufacturing. San Leandro’s advanced manufacturing pathway provides students with an understanding of manufacturing processes and systems common to careers in machine tool and materials forming industries. Students in the Advanced Manufacturing pathway prepare for careers such as CAD/CAM specialist, CNC machinist, manufacturing engineer, materials/supply management specialist and quality assurance technician. Students can select the following courses in this pathway:
Information Communication Technologies (ICT)
Computer Science today is about the creation of software and systems development that sparks creativity and helps with problem solving in a modern world. Students in this pathway learn content practices, computational thinking practices, connecting computing, developing computational artifacts as well as communicating and collaborating. Students in the ICT pathway prepare for careers in software developer/applications, information security analyst, web developer, computer programmer, E-Business specialist and operating systems managers. Students can select the following courses in this pathway:
Today’s competitive and media-rich 21st century workplace requires creative skills that promote teamwork, communication, creative thinking, and decision-making abilities. Students in the Digital Media Pathway learn how to use visual art, digital media, and web-based tools and materials as the primary means of communication and expression. Students in the digital media pathway prepare for careers such as digital animator, graphic artist, artistic director, commercial artist, web designer, videographer, and production manager. Students can select the following courses in this pathway:
Public Service & Law
People who work in the public service sector have a desire to help support and connect with people in their community and build careers that are provided by the government or other entities for the good of the citizens. Careers in public service are unique because they center on challenging issues that define the public agenda and involve the provision of vital services to the public from local to international levels. Students in the public service and law pathway can prepare for careers such as public safety, emergency response and legal practices. Students can select the following courses: