In June 2012, Tennessee was selected to join a multi-state consortium, the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a multistate initiative aimed to address the “skills gap” that threatens the preparedness of young Americans entering the workforce. Entrance into this consortium led to the founding of Pathways Tennessee. The mission of Pathways Tennessee is to provide Tennessee students rigorous academic/career pathways, which are linked to economic and labor market needs and trends.


To be successful, Pathways Tennessee recommends a framework which is comprised of the following:

  • Active industry involvement in student learning, starting in middle school
  • Strong integration of student supports, interventions, and counseling
  • Utilization of early warning indicators and remediation strategies
  • Allows students to acquire postsecondary credits and/or industry certifications in high school
  • Supports seamless transition from secondary to postsecondary education institutions
  • Participants have multiple entry and exit points through grades 13-16
  • Program completers are competitive in Tennessee’s fastest growing sectors

Four regions are currently developing/implementing pathways based on their strengths and opportunities to braid education and industry in order to better support their students, employers, and communities. The expectation is for local pathways initiatives to build off existing resources and interests, and partner regionally. Learn More