Pathway to Prosperity

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones
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Updated: 7/12/2013 9:14 am

        Southeastern counties like Hamilton are looking at an initiative called Pathways to Prosperity.
It's designed to ensure more students are prepared to take on technologically skilled jobs in our area.
        Ronna-Renee Jackson of Carisch-Jackson Associates presented the plan to commissioners Thursday night.
        "When we've talked to employees across the region...they're very interested in that they're willing to hire but they say, 'we need some credentials, we need to know they have the basic skills," Jackson said.
        It's a plan that benefits businesses and students alike.
        "They are looking for education opportunities like this that can help them get to a career that may not require four year degrees," said Commissioner Marty Haynes.
        "Today, there is an IT program and career tech education.  It does not result in an actual certification that a student would graduate from High School saying, 'I am certified in a specific technology that we know the businesses are demanding.'" said Jackson.
        Pathway to Prosperity got more than 200-thousand dollars from the state department of education to develop the program. 
        The plan is in place.  Now local teachers need to be trained to make it work.
The planning team hopes to implement the inititive in August with meetings training...then launch the curricula in regional high schools next fall.
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