Tennessee Pathways is the K-12 initiative under Tennessee’s Drive to 55. The Drive to 55 was created to ensure at least 55 percent of Tennesseans have a college degree or certificate by 2025 and can access more career opportunities in their communities across the state. Tennessee Pathways supports alignment among K-12, postsecondary, and industry to provide students with relevant education and training to jumpstart their postsecondary degrees and credentials. Students, with their certificate, degree or credential, can transition seamlessly into the workforce and contribute to the success of our economy.
How does Tennessee Pathways work?
We believe that all students should have the knowledge and skills to seamlessly transition to postsecondary and high-quality careers. Tennessee Pathways is structured around three key elements:
- high-quality college and career advisement throughout K-12;
- rigorous early postsecondary and work-based learning opportunities in high school; and
- seamless vertical alignment between K-12, postsecondary programs, and career opportunities as a result of effective partnerships among school districts, higher education institutions, employers, and community organizations.
Regional Pathways Coordinators
Tennessee Pathways regional coordinators operate in the nine economic regions of the state to lead the alignment of local education institutions and employers. Regional coordinators act as the “glue” between school districts, postsecondary institutions, employers, and community leaders facilitating communication and collaboration. Coordinators are uniquely positioned to facilitate partnership agreements across sectors and extend the capacity of local school districts and their partners to create seamless pathways for students.