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Pathfinder Career Exploration Program

Pathfinder Career Exploration Program
Wake Technical Community College
Pathfinder Career Exploration Program
3200 Bush Street
Raleigh, NC 27609
Program Contact Julia A. Tennant
Email jatennant@waketech.edu
Phone 919.334.1545
Website http://abetops.waketech.edu

The Pathfinder Career Exploration Program is designed for adults with disabilities and those who struggle academically. Students should have a high level of independence, and be focused on transitioning to the workplace.  Students participate in the following Employability Skills-Focused Cohorts:

•Horticulture & Landscaping

•healthcare

•Animal Care/Pet Retail

•Business/Customer Service

•Food Service/Culinary

•Technology

Career Pathways are also offered, and are a partnership with Pathfinders and Continuing Education, and give students the opportunity to earn one or more credentials. Career Pathway opportunities, which do have a small tuition attached to each, include Hospitality & Tourism and Barista/Cafe Training.

General
Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 130
Requirements
Deadline to apply to this program: On-going
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18+
  • A diploma is not required, but students must be finished with high school.
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Cost
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • The Pathfinder Career Education Program is grant-funded with no cost to the student. Career Pathways have a small tuition attached to them.

Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical Continuing Education courses
Time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: First Aid/CPR & Animal First Aid/CPR
Employment
Other career development activities are:
  • None
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Career Pathways are also offered through a partnership with Wake Tech Workforce Continuing Education.  We currently offer the following tuition-based Career Pathways:

  • Hospitality - students can earn up to 4 nationally recognized credentials, including: ServSafe (National Restaurant Association), START, Guest Room Attendant, Guest Services Gold 
  • Barista & Café Training - hands-on training in partnership with a local coffee shop. Students can earn a nationally recognized credential - Guest Services Gold
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Last updated: Friday, February 28, 2020 - 12:51