There are many options for career pathways a student may choose to follow. In order to successfully reach the goals for a student’s chosen career pathway, a student should research and choose an appropriate academic pathway to follow. There are 5 different pathways that have been researched, outlined, and made available to students at Vanguard Academy. Explore each of these pathway options to determine which pathway is the best fit for you as a student.
- High School Graduation and College & Career Readiness
- Early High School Graduation, College & Career Readiness, and Career Training/College Plan
- High School Graduation, College & Career Readiness, and General Certificate of Completion
- High School Graduation, College & Career Readiness, General Associates Degree Completion, and Early Graduation
- High School Graduation, College & Career Readiness, and Associates Degree Completion of Student Choice
Pathway 1: High School Graduation and College & Career Readiness
As part of the mission of Vanguard Academy, every student who graduates high school will have the necessary education and skills to prepare them for college and have a clear career plan. This career plan includes the exploration and understanding of a student’s career choice and any necessary training required for the chosen career. These students may choose to take a few college classes or career related classes as part of their high school graduation plan. They will graduate ready to continue on in their education through college and/or career training options.
This pathway is very similar to Pathway 1, however, students will focus on core graduation requirements early on and prepare for early high school graduation. These students are generally those who have a clear career pathway where training is not available or convenient through high school. Students completing this plan will have clear career goals and a plan for training in their chosen career pathway.
Vanguard Academy offers every college course required for college general education requirements. Many of these courses give students credit for both high school and college. Students in this academic pathway will follow a clear plan wherein they complete every college general education requirement (minimum of 34 college credits) and apply for General Certificate of Completion through their chosen college. This certificate is transferable to any other state college or University and meets all of the general education requirements for that institute. Students in this pathway may also choose to take additional college courses toward a continuing degree, even if they choose not to complete all requirements for an Associate Degree. Like the first two pathways, this pathway also gives students the necessary guidance to an understanding of a student’s career pathway and education required for their career choice.
This pathway is very similar to pathway 3, but students plan strategically to complete all of their high school graduation requirements and all of the general education certificate requirements early on and graduate high school early. This pathway may require a student to take a class over the summer or start taking college classes in 9th grade in order to maintain good grades and not overload their schedule. Online summer classes may be an option to help alleviate the workload.
There are several Associate Degree options a student can earn. Students choosing to earn an Associate Degree in an area other than general studies will need to contact the college from which they wish to graduate to learn about the necessary college requirements. Students will be required to complete all of the general education requirements (minimum of 34), which are available at Vanguard Academy. They will also be required to complete a list of other courses that are not necessarily available through concurrent enrollment. Some classes may be taken at the Salt Lake Community College through CE @ SLCC, while others will require Early Enrollment where full college tuition will be required. A student choosing to earn their Associates Degree will be required to take courses during the summers 10th, 11th, and 12th grades in order to complete all necessary requirements by high school graduation. This pathway is very rigorous and will require a student to work very diligently in their studies. Students in this pathway will also graduate high school with a clear career plan.