Dallastown 

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The Dallastown Area High School seeks to assist students in finding pathways to success in higher education and future careers. Our new curriculum reflects broader avenues and more individualized pathways to success. You can review each pathway and associated courses in any of our available disciplines found below.

 Pathways


Overview

It is our vision to inspire and create pathways for student success! Information found on this site serves as a tool to orient our school community to our student career pathway structure.

All pathway icons provide a descriptive overview and job listing associated with each pathway. Dallastown Area High School courses and opportunities are aligned to sixteen (16) diverse pathways. Students can explore and use the designed pathways to guide them throughout their school experience.

The DASD career pathways framework is designed as an effective school stakeholder career advancement tool to support individual student career plans and pathway opportunities. The framework, in combination with other school district resources and opportunities, is in place to enhance student exploration of workforce needs and expectations, as well as solidify student post-secondary plans. 

What is a career pathway?

Career pathways are clusters of related occupations that require different levels of education and training. It is a way of organizing career and education information into categories to help students connect their interests with different types of occupations and the related levels of education and training needed for them.

Why are career pathways important?

People working in a career path share similar interests, abilities, and talents. Career paths help students identify a career focus without being locked into a specific occupation. By exploring career paths, students expand future choices. They develop an understanding that all paths are important - all of them are needed to keep a community going.

Participation in a well-organized, well-planned career development component, which includes the concepts of Career Pathways, directly affects both readiness for employment and actual employability success; students' performance in school improves, involvement in school and community activities expands, decision-making skills strengthen, career preparation advances, and flexibility for meeting change increases.

In addition, students who continue formal education beyond high school have a clear direction and a better understanding as to why they are pursuing post-secondary education and training options. There is an understanding that learning is lifelong.

How many career pathways exist?

Dallastown Area School District has sixteen (16) specific pathways for students to explore and guide them throughout their high school experience. An overview of each pathway and recommended course progression is found by clicking on the various pathway icons.

Why should I select a career pathway?

Selecting a career pathway enables you to plan course selections throughout your high school education, ensuring that upon graduation your academic goals have been met and that you are fully prepared for postsecondary options.

What is the career pathway progression?

Throughout the elementary and intermediate school experience, students explore career interests and are introduced to the multitude of career pathways. Throughout their middle school experience, they continue to explore career possibilities, select a desired career pathway, and develop a career plan. During a student’s high school experience is when they advance their career plans and pathway opportunities, explore workforce needs and expectations, as well as solidify post-secondary plans.

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