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Career Pathways Department

The Department of Career Pathways provides a variety of educational opportunities and career planning services for students. The goal is to provide a framework for skill development and training in which students progress systematically through a seamless system of career exploration, preparation and skill upgrades linked to academic credits and credentials.

Traditional career pathways are four- to six-year programs of study that begin in high school and end with a postsecondary credential, such as a certificate, associate degree or baccalaureate degree. They may contain both academic and career and technical education (CTE) courses at the secondary and postsecondary level and are aligned with national career clusters.

Career Pathways provides both secondary and post-secondary educational options for high school and adult learners.

High School Programs:

Dual Enrollment
The dual enrollment program enables high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses for which they earn both high school and college credit. Dual enrollment courses are offered at 23 area high schools. These courses maintain the same high-quality educational standards as those taught on campus at John Tyler.

UpGrade. Visit this page to learn how you may earn a college degree while still in high school.

Sketch, a site all about what middle and high school students can do now to get ahead in life, is a great resource for more information on dual enrollment and career planning.

Contact: 804-706-5170 or

Career Coach Program
Career coaches empower middle and high school students to make informed decisions about their career and educational plans. They help prepare students for success in postsecondary education and training. Career Coaches located in area high school, help facilitate the development of career plans and portfolios and connect students to early college programs such as Gear Up and dual enrollment.

PEER Consortium
The PEER Consortium is a regional partnership between local school divisions and John Tyler Community College. The Consortium supports career pathways and professional development opportunities for secondary educators and counselors.

Contact: 804-706-5163 or

Post-secondary Programs:

This program targets displaced adult workers who are unemployed or underemployed with the goal to increase the number of adults who obtain a college credential or industry-recognized certification or licensure. The On-Ramp Coordinator assists students with financial aid, skills assessment, and career planning.

Contact: 804-768-6612 or

Great Expectations
Great Expectations is a statewide initiative of The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education and Virginia’s Community Colleges. The program provides transitional support to teens as they finish high school and leave their foster homes. Great Expectations focuses on the value of a college education as the best way to gain employment and achieve independence.

Contact: 804-706-5206 or

Workforce Services
Workforce services provide skills training and educational programs that prepare students for high wage, high demand jobs in the greater Richmond region.

  • Professional development courses provide students with the opportunity to expand their professional education or explore personal interests. Students can update business and technology skills, meet recertification requirements, prepare for licensing tests or simply take classes that may be of interest to them. Professional Development courses are designated with a “P” in the section number (e. g., EDU 295-P1B).
  • Computer short courses utilize current software packages to provide in-demand content in a condensed timeframe. These one-credit courses are scheduled for two consecutive Fridays or Saturdays. They allow students to study the basics, expand upon existing skills, or discover new techniques. Computer short courses, like professional development courses, are designated in the course schedule with a “P” in the section number.

Contact: 804-706-5169 or

Looking for a place to post job opportunities for John Tyler students?  Please contact our Career Services Center

For more information:

Dr. Peggy Anne Westcott, Director of Career Pathways
Office: Chester Campus - TR37, 13101 Jefferson Davis Highway, Chester, VA 23831
Telephone: 804-706-5194

Career Pathways Department Office
Office: Chester Campus - TR28, 13101 Jefferson Davis Highway, Chester, VA 23831
Telephone: 804-706-5172

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