VIDEO: OC Pathways helps students like Angelica pursue STEM careers

Before the winter break, OC Pathways celebrated its second year of equipping Orange County students for college and career success with a showcase at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin.

As we reported then, it made for a pretty inspiring morning, with innovative student projects and speakers from Virgin Galactic and the PBS documentary series “Roadtrip Nation.”

The showcase also spotlighted the academic trajectories of two local students who exemplify the benefits of establishing navigable career pathways from middle school through college. Here’s a short video on one of them, a young woman named Angelica who is pursuing a career in engineering.

Led by OCDE and Saddleback College, OC Pathways was initiated through a 2014 grant from the California Department of Education. Since its inception, partners have been developing coursework that combines academics with career preparation in specific target sectors, including healthcare/biotechnology, engineering/advanced manufacturing and information technology/digital media.

OC Pathways also provides work-based learning opportunities for students and professional development for educators.

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