College and Career Readiness

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

  • AVID is an in-school elective class that prepares students in grades 6-12 for success in college and career. AVID provides instruction centered around reading, writing, asking questions, collaboration, organization and much more. Students participate in group tutoring, college and career exploration and college campus visits. Students are accepted into the program following an application process. For more information, visit spps.org/avid.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses prepare students for careers in food science, child development, business, agriculture, health, technology and the trades. These programs allow students to experience many career fields through exploration, job shadowing and internships. CTE takes core academics to the next level as students apply what they learn directly to the careers where they will be used. Students who complete CTE courses can earn college credits, industry credentials and certificates. For questions about CTE and Career Pathways, please contact Kathy Kittel at kathy.kittel@spps.org.

Career Pathways

  • Career Pathways are a series of courses (at least five) aligned to post-secondary programs that provide a progression of classes for students from ninth or tenth grade through senior year. The courses prepare students for a full range of post-secondary options in high-wage, in-demand careers. Career Pathways provide opportunities to receive college credit, certifications, credentials, internships, job training and career exploration through industry partnerships.

    Central, Como Park, Harding, Highland Park, Humboldt, Johnson and Washington high schools will offer at least one Career Pathway in each of the Career Fields listed below. Some courses are currently available and all courses in the pathways will be available by the 2023-24 school year. 

    SPPS Career Fields

    1. Arts and Human Services 
    2. Business and Communications 
    3. Science and Medical
    4. Innovative and Emerging Technologies

Career Pathways Academy

  • District-wide Career Pathways opportunities are available no matter where a student attends high school. Transportation is provided for students to attend the following programs:

    Automotive (ASE certification) at Global Arts Plus 
    The goal of this program is to encourage dedicated students with good mechanical aptitude to pursue careers in the ever-changing field of automotive service technology, and to prepare them for entry-level positions or challenging academic options.

    Career Pathways Academy through Saint Paul College
    CPA is a program for high school students where they can explore careers, take rigorous courses, and have the opportunity to earn high school and college credit. Pathways include:

    • Leadership in Business 
    • Healthcare: Certified Nursing Assistant and Clinical Care

Concurrent Enrollment

  • Concurrent enrollment allows high school students to take college-level courses, taught by college-approved high school teachers or college faculty, without leaving the high school campus. Concurrent enrollment gives students the opportunity to gain college-level skills and get ready for their post-secondary education. Students taking concurrent enrollment courses can earn both high school and college credits at no cost to the student or family.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) courses are taught on college campuses by college instructors. PSEO allows eligible students in grades 10-12 to enroll in college or university courses earning credits for their high school diploma and college degree. PSEO students can take classes that meet graduation requirements, along with career and technical courses on a full- or part-time basis.

Gateway to College

  • Students can earn both high school and college credits as they complete their high school diploma. Gateway staff help students gain college experience and credits through personalized education plans.Students have flexible schedules, with some college classes taught by Saint Paul College instructors and some high school classes taught by traditional high school teachers. All students have access to a Metro Transit bus card to travel to and from Saint Paul College. Successful Gateway to College graduates can finish high school with the equivalent of a year or more of college. For more information, visit spps.org/Page/22103.

    We offer: 
    Saint Paul College courses • Inver Hills Community College courses • University of Minnesota courses • AVID

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