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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
Phone 919.334.1545

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


•Animal Care/Pet Retail

•Business/Customer Service

•Food Service/Culinary


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.

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
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
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.

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
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 is provided to students: No
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