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Why Career Pathways?

Did you know?

$19.40/hour was the average wage for Career Pathway completers in the Metro area, after one year of employment.

PCC Career Pathways is a nationally-recognized, innovative model for student success and workforce development. Career Pathways certificates are 12 to 44 credits, can be completed in less than a year, and prepare you for employment in high-growth, high-demand industries while also providing a stepping stone to an associate degree, bachelor degree, and beyond. Career Pathways give you lots of options, and can increase your college success and completion.

Create your career

Career Pathways support your career and education advancement. We can help you find the right education and career path and support you to reach your goals. We connect you with resources and classes, so you can complete your Career Pathway, find an internship and a job, and continue your education. We can also help you plan for your future and map out your career path – whether you are new to the workforce, changing careers, or wanting to advance in your field.

Complete college

Career Pathways can increase your success as a student. All Career Pathway credentials are stackable, meaning they count towards your degree. This gives you options to advance your education and career over time, in a way that works for your life. They are also designed to reduce the time and costs of college. You can come back and complete a degree, after taking a break; finish additional education while you work; or continue on to your degree.


Career Pathways lead to jobs that are in-demand and offer pathways for advancement. They link your college education to industry needs, so you are learning the skills that will allow you to start on a career path that offers economic mobility and opportunities to advance. Whether you are looking for a new career, wanting to advance in your field, needing some skills to get back into the workforce quickly, or just starting out and looking for your first job, we have pathways to fit you. We offer free career coaching and classes that prepare you to find a job. We will also connect you with internships and job opportunities.

Find out more

We are here to help and answer your questions. Contact us at cp@pcc.edu to find out more.