Information Technology Pathway at Pathways Academy

Career Pathways

Advancing Academic Excellence & Career-Connected Learning

Thank you to all Pathways Academy supporters, including key partners:


 

ReadyCT is supporting the Information Technology Pathway at Pathways Academy — a STEM-focused community igniting students’ passion for learning!

 

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Students Discuss the Pathways Academy Experience

 

Based on the NAF educational design model, this pathway offers themed information technology instruction informed by an industry advisory board that serves as an essential bridge between school and the workplace.

A year-round work-based learning curriculum teaches employability skills (e.g., time management, teamwork, work ethic, and communication skills), how to use Microsoft Office and GSuite, financial literacy, and business writing so that students are well prepared for internships, and beyond.

Pathways students are stellar. See for yourself. Follow this link to meet a few of them! 

Many Pathways Academy students pursue summer internships. If you are interested in hosting an intern, contact Kevin F. Flynn, program manager, at kevin.flynn@readyCT.org


Employers Deliver Overwhelmingly Positive Intern Reviews

“At Cigna, we know the interns we get from Pathways Academy will arrive with solid tech talent. The quality is so high that some Pathways interns have been invited to return as college interns, and some have joined us as full-time employees. Every summer, we welcome these dedicated, engaged, and motivated students.”

— Kristen Koukos

Leadership Development Senior Analyst

TECDP Intern Program Manager

Cigna


FAST FACTS From the Pathways Academy

Number of Participants: 400+, grades 9 through 12.

Theme: Information Technology, with course offerings that include Introduction to Programming, AP Computer Science Principles, Video Game Design, Digital Video Production, Web Design, Automation & Robotics, and Advanced Manufacturing. 

Graduate Outcomes: For the Class of ‘20, 89 Pathways Academy students graduated; 65 students were accepted into a 2- or 4-year college; 43 (46%) earned NAF Track Certification.

Opportunity: For the 2020-21 academic year, 7 Pathways Academy students are were dual enrolled (high school & college) and working toward industry-recognized credentials.

  • 2020-21 AP Enrollment: 17 students in 6 classes (Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, Spanish Language & Culture, Statistics, and Studio Art.
  • 2020-21 Early College Experience (ECE) Enrollment: 66 students in two classes (Environmental Science and Literature & Composition).

Other: Pathways Academy students can participate in FIRST Robotics, an engineering competition where students collaborate during the year to solve a robotics challenge.

A Note About Internships: Paid internship experiences are made possible through the generous support of Travelers and other industry partners including Capital Workforce Partners. Each year, about 100 Pathways Academy students receive a paid internship.

Remarks from Program Participants Past & Present

Alex Martinez, Class of ’14

Pathways Academy

Data Analyst, Technology Leadership Development Program Participant, Travelers Insurance

Travelers EDGE Scholar, 2014-2018

 

 

Laxmi Vobbineni, Class of ’22

Pathways Academy

Partnership Acknowledgement

We remain grateful to Hartford Public Schools for their partnership with this effort. We offer continued thanks to Travelers for providing the resources necessary to make this inspired learning pathway a true opportunity for hundreds of public school students in Hartford.