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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
Website Program website

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. Online-Online classes are also offered.

Program information submitted: March 25, 2022

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: 90
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Ongoing
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18+
  • Able to obtain a valid score on the CASAS pre/post-testing

Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 70.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Students are admitted once application is received depending on what part of the program they want to participate in (seated, online, Career Pathways)

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) Students do not take typical college courses
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? No
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 100%
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Career Pathways: Serv-Safe, Guest Services Gold, START certification

Do students earn STEM-related certificates? No
Other career development activities are:
  • None
Housing is provided to students: No