SHS Career Pathway Updates: 2020-1

New and updated pathways and courses at SHS

Career Pathway List/Overview for 2020-2021

  1. Agriculture
  2. Biomedical Science
  3. Business
  4. Education (New for 2020-1)
  5. Emergency and Public Service (new for 2020-1)
  6. Manufacturing and Construction
  7. STEM

Career Pathways are designed to give students an organized list of courses to help them explore certain career strands. Students who complete certain classes in the pathway, as well as practicum time related to the field, can earn a special cord for graduation. Each pathway has its own colored cord.

Details below, and more in the updated curriculum guide for 2020-1.)

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Agricultural Science

Much of Oregon’s economy is in some way related to agriculture. Students on this pathway will understand the science and ecology that is so critical to the nation.


  • Intro to Agriculture (REQUIRED FOR PATHWAY)

  • Food Science and Processing

  • Chemistry

  • Plant Science

  • Animal Science

  • Agribusiness

  • AP Environmental Science

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Biomedical Science

Biomedical science pathway careers options include: Medical doctor, nursing, forensic scientist, microbiologist, therapist, pharmacist, and/or any career in the medical field.

The biomedical science pathway is designed to give students an opportunity to learn and experience science through the fields of biology and medicine. The heart of the pathway is the Project Lead the Way curriculum, which will give students opportunities to be exposed to a wide variety of medical professions, instruments, technology, and more through year-long, experiential classes.


  • Principles of Biomedical Science

  • #Human Body Systems

  • Medical Interventions (begins 2020)

  • Biomedical Innovation (begins 2021)

  • #Health Occupations

# College Credit Available through Oregon Tech

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This pathway allows students to gain experience to concepts surrounding business, to learn the skills needed to work in business, and to gain experience that will help them prepare for this competitive field. Students will also have an opportunity to help market and run the student store.


  • Intro to Business (Required for Pathway)

  • Office Intern

  • Software Applications

  • Accounting

  • Advanced Accounting

  • Sociology

  • Psychology/AP Psychology

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NEW for 2020-21. This pathway is for students interested in entering the field of education. Careers include K-12 school teacher, CTE teacher, preschool teacher, school counselor, instructional assistant, school administrator, college professor, business trainer, and more.


  • Introduction to Education (new for 2020)

  • *Education 2: Teacher Cadets (new for 2020, includes extensive time in distract elementary/middle school classrooms)

  • Sociology

  • Psychology/AP Psychology

  • Teacher Intern (new for 2020)

* College Credit Available through Chemeketa/College Credit Now

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Emergency and Public Service

New for 2020-21. The pathway is designed for students interested in first responder work (police, fire, EMT), as well as social services (law, counseling, and social work). Students going into these fields will need to know the law, how to work with the public, and specific industry skills.

  • Intro to Law (Required for Pathway) (New for 2020)

  • Forensics

  • Current Events

  • Sociology

  • Psychology/AP Psych

  • Health Occupations

  • Principles of Biomedical Science OR Human Body Systems

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Manufacturing and Construction

There is a documented national and local shortage of workers who can work in the skilled trades. Student will understand both the practical and career skills needed to enter the workplace prepared and confident, as they will have hands-on opportunities to learn and use these skills.


  • Manufacturing

  • Ind. Manufacturing

  • Advanced Manufacturing

  • Fabrication

  • Woods 1-2

  • Construction (home building) (double-blocked class)

  • CAD or Engineering 1

  • Construction Geometry

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

Students on this pathway will work to understand how science and technology shape our world. These courses will help prepare students for emerging fields in technology and engineering…some of which have jobs which do not even exist yet, but will!

  • College Algebra/Trigonometry OR Statistics (One of these required for pathway)

  • AP Calculus

  • Chemistry

  • AP Environmental Science

  • Engineering 1

  • Student Tech/Helpdesk

  • Web Page Design

  • Video Productions