Career Pathways officially launch for the Class of 2021
The Career Pathway programs are optional educational pathways that provide students additional college and career readiness support through their high school years through a focused area of course study. All incoming 9th graders will begin their pathways with a College and Career Seminar. Starting with their 10th grade year, students have the option of taking classes from the pathway programs described below. These programs consist of a three year course sequence that culminates with a capstone project and is coupled with career related internship opportunities. 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 will be offered in 2017-18. Please check out the 2017-18 Course Catalog (available soon on our website) for more details on these pathways and the courses available to our students.
Please see the brief descriptions of the five pathways below:
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 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.
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.
Information Communication Technologies (ICT)
How can computing and developing information communication technologies change the world? Just look what phones looked like ten years ago, five years ago and today. This pathway is for students interested in software and systems development and focuses on stimulating creativity and problem solving ability while connecting the relevance of computer science to society. The first course is introduction to computer science which emphasizes the content practices, thinking and skills central to the discipline of information communication technologies. The second course is an intellectually rich and engaging course that focuses on computational thinking practices, connecting computing, developing computational artifacts, communicating and collaborating. The capstone course is AP Computer Science A. 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.
The digital media arts pathway inspires, develops and equips students to gain a creative and exciting career in digital media arts. Students learn how to create, refine and share work in the digital media pathway that promotes teamwork, communication, creative thinking, and decision-making abilities which are traits that are necessary to be successfully competitive in a media-rich 21st century workplace. The digital media pathway includes those occupations that 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.
Public Service & Law
The public service law pathway exposes students to careers that are provided by government to its citizens, either directly or through the financing of another entity to provide that service. Students interested in the public service law pathway have a desire to help support and connect with people and their communities. 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 prepare for careers such as public safety, emergency response and legal practices.