Q. What’s the benefit of participating in Pathways?
A. Relentless focus on each student’s path to career success. Most high schools today encourage students to apply to a best-name college without a clear direction or understanding of the career and financial implications of that choice, or even if it is the way most likely to lead to success. Students commit to spending upwards of $250,000, usually without a plan. By participating in Pathways, students develop a clear plan for their education and career, and receive the career development support throughout high school, during postsecondary education, and into their first years in their chosen career.
Q. Who can participate in Pathways?
A. Currently, Pathways is open to all students in the Quest Forward Academy high school network. We are evaluating options for offering Pathways to students in other independent, charter and public schools in the future.
Q. What does it cost?
A. Participation in Pathways during high school is included in the tuition and fees charged by Quest Forward Academies. Membership in the Pathways Network after high school is currently free of charge, and is supported by Opportunity Education.
Q. What do students have to do?
A. During high school, students participate in Pathways activities, guided by counselors, internship coordinators, and other professionals. At Quest Forward Academies, students are required to complete two service learning experiences as well as two professional internships prior to graduation.
After high school, during post-secondary education and through early career, Pathways Network members are encouraged to interact regularly with their assigned Pathways Coach, to participate in Pathways events, and to take advantage of networking and professional development opportunities offered by the Pathways Team.
Q. Do college students participating in Pathways receive additional scholarships or support?
A. Not at this time, but we anticipate developing both a Pathways Scholarship Fund as well as a Pathways Income Share Program, through which members can avoid debt for post-secondary education altogether.
Q. In the future, will the program open up to students from other schools?
A. Yes, we expect to open Pathways to other schools in the future.
Q. Who are the Pathways Coaches?
A. Pathways Coaches are typically recent college graduates, with up-to-date experience with the transition from education into career. We train our Coaches on a specific support framework that ensures they regularly evaluate each member’s “risk of failure” and actively work to mitigate such risks.