Career and Technical Education

817 Bill Beck Boulevard

Phone: 407-518-4580 / Fax: 407-870-4632

Melanie Stefanowicz

Executive L. Director

Career Pathways
Get the high tech training you need!

The Career Pathways Program is a collaborative effort between Valencia College, Orange County Public Schools, and the School District of Osceola County, Florida. The result is a structured curriculum designed to prepare students for high-tech and high-demand occupations. All Career Pathways programs have post-secondary articulations agreements that specify either college credits or performance standards that may be awarded upon successful completion of the high school program of study.

Current Enrollment = 5,010

Valencia College posted 3,334 college credit hours to 912 Career Pathway (Orange-Osceola-Valencia consortium) students this fall semester.

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Each high school in Osceola County offers
Career Pathways Programs
that may be just right for you.


College Credits Earned by Career Pathway Students

School Total Credits Total Value
Celebration High 112 $9,784
Gateway High 667 $58,269
Harmony High 140 $12,230
Liberty High 233 $20,355
Osceola High 364 $31,799
Osceola School for the Arts 8 $699
PATHS 440 $38,438
Poinciana High 158 $13,803
St. Cloud High 100 $8,736

Denn John Middle 15 $1,310
Kissimmee Middle 75 $6,552
Narcoossee Middle 32 $2,796
Neptune Middle 38 $3,320
Parkway Middle 55 $4,805
St. Cloud Middle 33 $2,883


Skills training: It's not enough to know "about" something, you must also know how to "do" something. Skills, especially technical skills are required in order to land a good job. Only 4% of the new jobs can be filled by people with the lowest skill levels.

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Academic preparation: Students begin Career Pathways in high school, focusing on higher academics and technical skills and then links their high school studies with at least two years at an Orange or Osceola county technical school or Valencia Community College. This can lead to a two year certificate, associates or a four-year college degree.

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Career Pathways

Earn College or Technical Center Credits while in high school: After taking designated technical courses at their high schools, Career Pathways students participate in an assessment and are eligible to receive the credits when they enroll at Valencia or the technical centers.

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Save Time and Money: By earning college credits while in high school, students make a smooth transition between high school and college by not duplicating coursework and save time and tuition/book money.


Career Clusters and Pathways

Career Pathways are available within the 16 various Career Clusters for Osceola District School students.  These career themes help schools ensure that students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for multiple career options within each Career Cluster.  Recommended academic and technical curriculum is identified on each Career Pathway.  Students have an opportunity to earn college or technical center credits for work completed in high school.  A specific pathway assessment is required for all areas.

For more information about how the credits work, check out the Things to Know about Career Pathways Credit link. (PDF)  If you passed a Joint Assessment, a flyer is available to explain what is next. (PDF)

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