Georgia Ninth-Graders Will Have To Pick Career Paths

Starting this year Georgia ninth-graders will be required to choose one of 17 career clusters or opt to take more college-prep courses. The goals of the policy are for students to be better prepared to join the workforce and for high school graduation rates to increase. Students will receive three of the 23 credits required for graduation by taking the career pathways courses. Critics of the program are doubtful that high school freshman are capable of making this decision, which will impact their future career path, while proponents say the program will allow students to think about their future careers earlier and make school relevant to those at risk of dropping out.

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