What Does a Pathway Look Like?
A Linked Learning pathway is a sequence of industry themed curriculum that incorporates career and technical courses, core academic courses, work-based learning opportunities and student support services. By blending theoretical knowledge with real-world application, Linked Learning pathways result in relevant educational experiences that prepare students for college, career, and life.
In California, all pathways are set in the context of one of the state’s 15 major industry sectors, such as business and finance, building and environmental design, biomedical and health sciences, engineering, information technology, manufacturing, or arts, media, and entertainment.
Below are matrix examples for various industry pathways that shows a sample sequence of courses for grades 9 through 12 in addition to core academic courses and electives. The rows focus on how Linked Learning's four components translate into a four-year timeline. They also offer descriptions of integrated curriculum units that have already been developed: