Greater Latrobe NEXT Career Pathways Program
Greater Latrobe School District offers a state of the art educational facility incorporating the best academic and technological initiatives currently available. We also understand the importance of providing well-rounded experiences that can help students on the path to career-readiness when they graduate from Greater Latrobe. We are proud to incorporate our career-focused program, NEXT, to the abundance of opportunities we have for our students to utilize. Students have the opportunity to work with our NEXT Career Pathways Coordinator, who is a full time staff member available to students and can help explore career interests, develop a plan, and prepare for their next steps after high school. Students are given the opportunity to learn about five suggested career pathways:
- Arts & Communication
- Health Science
- Engineering, Industry, & Manufacturing Technology
- Human Service, Hospitality, & Public Administration
- Financial, Business, & Information Technology
JUNIOR HIGH CAREER EXPLORATION:
Starting in seventh grade, students are encouraged to take our career pathways elective course, as well as other electives in 8th and 9th grade that reflect each of the five pathways. Junior High students also have the opportunity to hear from several guest speakers throughout the school year in our GLJHS Monthly Career Speaker Program, which invites local speakers in various careers and industries to speak with students in the classroom.
GL Junior High Elective Courses:
9TH GRADE CAREER EXPLORATION:
As students progress through junior high, they are given more opportunities to learn about different career paths. In 9th grade, all students are given the opportunity to visit a college or technical school based on the career pathway they are most interested in. This gives them an in-depth look at what education looks like at the college level or technical school level. All 9th grade students have the opportunity to tour the Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC) and learn about each of their programs.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER EXPLORATION:
Once in high school, students will begin to align the courses they take with their career pathway. In addition to their Core courses, students have many Elective Courses and Advanced Placement courses to choose from that are aligned with the five pathways, which can be found in our Course Catalog here. Students are also given the opportunity to apply for Dual Enrollment, in which certain courses are accepted by six local colleges we partner with for college credits, giving students a head start on their post secondary education. Students also participate in our Compass period, every Tuesday during Lunch and Learn, which is a curriculum designed to promote socio-emotional learning, soft skills, and life skills. Below is a visual of some of the opportunities students have in every grade:
Students are also encouraged to meet with their NEXT Coordinator to start exploring careers within the pathways they are interested in. The NEXT Coordinator will provide ample information regarding job data, education or training requirements, job outlook, and more, as well as provide the students opportunities to observe and job shadow the occupations they are interested in most. Students are encouraged to complete at least one job shadow during their sophomore or junior year, and we hope to provide mentorship opportunities in their junior or senior year where they can be more involved in their selected career path.
One of our most useful tools that we utilize is our career pathways software program, called pathwayMANAGER, which allows students to take a career assessment survey and build their individual profile based on their interests. They can select careers and schools that they are interested in, and they update this profile frequently during their Compass period, which is a curriculum designed to promote social-emotional learning and life skills. Students can also use the software to browse careers and relevant job data, provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. They can also view current opportunities for job shadows and mentorships that are available to them, although we also work with students individually with specific requests and we can tailor an individualized plan to meet their unique interests.
The Greater Latrobe NEXT program is successful because of our community partners - local businesses, industries, and organizations that work with us and our students to develop these unique and educational career experiences.
In addition, we also partner with the Westmoreland County Forum for Workforce Development, the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce to engage students and advocate for local businesses and industries to meet the needs of our regional economy.
Greater Latrobe Senior High School has the goal of involving all 10th and 11th grade students in a job shadow experience and all 11th and 12th grade students in a mentorship. We need your help in that there are 200+ students per grade! We want students thinking and having conversations about what they want to do after high school. In addition, we want students connecting their future goals to classroom experiences. If you are interested in becoming a community partner, please use the links below. If you have any questions - please contact 724-539-4225 ext. 21209 for more information.
Please use the links below to proceed:
Partner with GLSD (Click to complete community partners form)
Job Shadow and Mentorship Description (Click to view guideline information)