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Career Pathways Department

The Department of Career Pathways provides a variety of educational opportunities for students. The goal is to provide a framework for skill development and training in which students progress systematically through a 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.  Click on any program below to learn more. 

High School Programs:

Dual Enrollment
The dual enrollment program enables high school students 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.

Early College
The Tyler Early College Academy is a rigorous four year academic program that begins in 9th grade and allows students to pursue college coursework leading to an associate’s degree, certificate, or workforce credential at the same time as completing their high school graduation requirements.  

The UpGrade program is another option for high school students interested in earning a post-secondary credential at the same time as completing their high school graduation requirements. Course offerings are specific to each school division. Visit the UpGrade page to learn more. 

Contact: 804-706-5170 or

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

College Programs:

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 (Chester), 804-594-1507 (Midlothian) or

Shared Services Distance Learning (SSDL)
John Tyler students have the opportunity to enroll in SSDL courses offered through Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Delivered via Blackboard, SSDL courses are online courses that can be taken anywhere consistent internet connection is available.

Contact: 804-706-5169 or

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




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