The Dublin City Schools College and Career Academy is celebrating record-high results from its end-of-pathway exams. In fact, following the first semester of the 2023-2024 school year, 95% of students passed their end-of-pathway assessment, an impressive rise of 51.06% % in just two years.
Georgia’s End-of-Pathway Assessment Process is standardized for all public school districts across the state. The exams measure the level of technical skills attained, determining how career-ready a student is after three courses in a selected pathway.
“The jump signifies we are teaching the correct things, correctly. It shows us that we’re using our charter flexibility and innovative practices to good measure,” explains Ben Lanier, Dublin City Schools’ CTAE Director and the CEO of the College and Career Academy. “It says the overwhelming majority of our students are leaving our classes with a certified industry credential and are ready to start work.”
The Agriculture, Cosmetology and Criminal Justice posted 100% pass rates for the second semester in a row, while Food Science students also earned 100% pass rates. The Allied Health Pathway yielded 80%, increasing from one passing student at the end of the 2022-2023 school year to eight after our Fall semester.
Earning a certification is certainly something that students can add to their resume to set themselves apart, proving to industry experts that they are ready to work.
“It gives students a literal, tangible, industry-certified credential that they can put into their career portfolios,” said Lanier. “Students can show employers in Dublin, or wherever their career takes them, that they have a comprehensive understanding and specific skillset that industry experts are looking for.”
Lanier says this is just the beginning; The WAY’s goal is to have a 100% end-of-pathway pass rate for Spring 2024.
This semester, Dublin City Schools offers its students 11 pathways rooted in career readiness: Agriculture, Air Force JROTC, Business & Technology, Certified Nursing Assistant, Construction, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Food Sciences, Mechatronics, Teaching as a Profession and Welding.