Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Career Pathways

Career Pathways

Program Description

The purpose of the Career Pathways program in Adult Education is to transition students earning their High School Equivalency or Adult High School Diplomas into college. The goal is to train and educate them in their chosen career field, and lead them towards a successful professional career. The current careers that are supported in the Career Pathways program are:

Program Opportunities

Students with a grade level equivalent of 9.0+ in reading:

Students who are at 9th grade level or above in Reading can work on their high school credential and college classes at the same time. Students are enrolled in both Adult Education and college courses. Tuition can be waived for up to two of those college courses. Taking these classes at the same time allows the student to finish college sooner.


Registration for Career Pathways begins the same way as any other Adult Education program. Applicants on the Caldwell campus should call 828.726.2230 to obtain a registration packet and to make an appointment with an advisor to start the enrollment process. Watauga applicants may call 828.297.5253 to receive enrollment and registration information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are specific pathways offered?
    College and Career Readiness has chosen pathways with the strongest job possibilities in Caldwell and neighboring counties. In addition, each of the Career Pathways at CCC&TI offers several opportunities to earn a credential. These credentials are in the form of certificates, diplomas, and degrees.
  • How will a Career Pathway benefit me?
    Career Pathways students receive all the services available to any CCC&TI student. They may also receive extra support in advising, assistance in accessing textbooks, and tutoring services while the student is taking college classes.

    Those students at a 9th grade reading level or higher can begin college courses shortly after they enroll in Career Pathways. These students have access to a Transition Advisor dedicated to Adult Education students as well as any other student services. These staff members help students with completing the college application, applying for financial aid, choosing classes, and making connections with other college staff who can help them succeed!

    If you are a current student interested in this program, talk to your advisor or instructor TODAY!
  • How does the College and Career Readiness Department help prepare me for a new career?
    Our goal is to help students recognize that a High School Equivalency or AHS Diploma is just a stepping-stone on the pathway to a career that provides wages that can support their families. Students begin thinking about their new career starting with their first meeting with our Adult Education advising staff. .
  • How does the Career Pathways program help me get into college classes?
    College and Career Readiness provides a Transition Advisor to help each graduate begin college classes. Students receive help with exploring college programs, filling out the college application, and completing financial aid forms. The Transitions Advisor also assists with registration and advising.
  • I know that I want to go to college, but I am interested in something at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute that is currently not one of the listed pathways. What kind of support can you offer me?
    It is our goal at CCC&TI to serve all students. We strive to help every student transition to college if that is their goal. All High School Equivalency and AHS graduates receive a $200 certificate towards a free class at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, helping the student begin his or her postsecondary career. Every graduate meets one-on-one with our Transition Advisor to talk with her about starting college or job training.

Career Pathways Videos

Culinary Pathway student
Culinary Pathway
Career Pathway student
Associate Degree Pathway


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Dustin Greene
Transition Advisor / Instructor

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