About Pathways

All about the Pathways Tennessee Program

Pathways Tennessee

The mission of Pathways Tennessee is to provide students rigorous academic and career pathways, which are linked to local and regional economic and labor market needs. The program is part of a national initiative, the Pathways to Prosperity Network; and Tennessee was among the first states to join this multi-state consortium to address the “skills gap” that threatens the readiness of young Tennesseans entering the workforce.

Pathways Southwest TN was organized in 2014 for the counties in the Southwest Tennessee Economic Development District. Pathways Southwest TN seeks to provide students a clear path to college and career success through the utilization of career exploration, work experiences, and the opportunity to earn college credit and industry certifications in high school. At the end of the pathway, a student will be ready for careers in our community that are in high demand and provide great pay.

Pathways Southwest TN, in partnership with Pathways TN, has identified Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology as the most needed areas to strengthen student readiness and create employment opportunities for our youth. Through strategic partnerships and increased involvement among industry, education, and local governments, Pathways Southwest TN is laying the foundation for expanding our qualified workforce, while training students for a meaningful job and career.