November 17, 2019
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Portland High School launches career pathways

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PORTLAND, Maine — Students in grades 10 through 12 at Portland High School will have a choice of four career pathways beginning in the 2014-15 school year. Each pathway will cover core academic courses while providing the opportunity to explore future career interests by taking elective courses in topics such as theater, emergency medical training, and engineering software and design.

The pathways will focus on creative and performing arts, health and natural sciences, law and public service, and engineering, architecture and trades. All students will have job shadows, internships and opportunities for independent study.

The engineering pathway began last year. A new video shows how the program incorporates guest speakers, visits to local engineering companies, and authentic tasks to make engineering come alive for students.

Portland High School students in grade 9 will participate in the school’s Freshman Success Academy. The academy helps students make the transition from middle school to high school. A team of teachers works with the students to get to know them well and to provide them with the support needed to succeed in high school.

Freshmen take a seminar where they learn skills such as effective use of technology, note-taking, organization and college and career planning. They explore career interests, write a resume, fill out a job application, and participate in a mock interview. A new video describes some of the features of the Freshman Success Academy.

Portland High School is partnering with Johns Hopkins University School of Education to implement the career pathways and Freshman Success Academy. Learn more at