8th Grade

Technical Pathways

Technical Pathways is a technical career exploration program that provides students with guidance on how to navigate academic, technical, and real-world knowledge and experience they need to be prepared for post-secondary opportunities. This program is aligned with Lorenzo Walker Technical College to prepare students for dual enrollment in 11th grade where students will earn credit towards both high school graduation and a career and technical program certificate.

During the student’s 9th and 10th grade years, Champions For Learning will monitor their academic and behavioral progress while they are still at their home high school. They will be required to progress satisfactorily while at their home high school and participate in each of the quarterly activities with Champions For Learning to qualify for the dual enrollment opportunities. These activities are designed to expose students to specific work-based learning experiences and career exploration and ensure they can earn credentials and develop leadership skills.

Topics for the quarterly activities include:

  • Exploring Technical Career Pathways
  • Career Exploration and Planning
  • Job Shadowing
  • Workplace Safety and Etiquette
  • Industry Certifications and Credentialing
  • Employability Skills
  • Academic Coaching
  • Immersive Spring Break and Summer Camps at Lorenzo Walker Technical College

Application Information and Eligibility

Applications open in summer as Lorenzo Walker Technical High School admissions decisions are released. This program is limited to the first 25 students to commit each year.

To be eligible to apply for Technical Pathways, students must meet the below listed criteria:
  • Attend a Collier County public school
  • Have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA
  • Have good attendance and behavior
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident or Eligible Non-Citizen
  • Have a Social Security number
  • Have applied to Lorenzo Walker Technical High School for 9th grade
  • Meet all eligibility criteria for acceptance to a LWTHS program

In 10th grade, Technical Pathway students, in good standing, have an opportunity to apply for Champions For Learning’s College and Career Preparation Program.