Career Diploma and Pathways

Increase Employability and Career Preparedness

Offer Students and Employees Access to Career-Focused Skills Training

Increasing Access to Advanced Training and Placement in Fast-Growing Career Fields

Penn Foster's High School Diploma with Career Pathways concentrations helps organizations create pathways for learners to in-demand careers or advanced training. By providing a career-focused concentration in addition to their high school coursework, students, job seekers and employees alike are able to develop practical skills they can apply directly in the workplace or towards post-secondary education while earning an accredited high school diploma and a certificate of completion in a leading career field.

Each career pathway consists of five courses specifically focused on in-demand careers.

Career Pathway Concentrations
Automotive Pathway
This pathway includes basic courses on engines, safety, tools and equipment for repair and HVAC systems.
Business Administrative Skills Pathway
Business Administrative Skills
Students learn skills related to administrative office procedures, file maintenance, Word and Excel, business English, technologies in the workplace, and office finance & management.
Child Care Professional
Child Care Professional
Topics covered in this pathway are the basics of child development, working with parents, program planning, and caring for infants/toddlers.
Culinary Arts Pathway
Culinary Arts
This pathway includes a variety of culinary courses such as cooking fish and shellfish, preparing poultry & game, and making stocks, sauces, and soups.
Early College Courses Pathway
Early College
Provides a range of higher level courses in Math, Reading, and Writing, as well as ACE approved College-level courses in select fields.
Healthcare Pathway
This pathway offers an introduction to the healthcare industry and includes courses on office procedures, confidentiality in Allied Health, and medical terminology.
Manufacturing Foundations Pathway
Manufacturing Foundations
Students learn skills related to math, industrial safety, hand & power tools, shop practices, using shop drawings, machine cutting, and features and applications of machine cutting tools.
Pharmacy Technician Pathway
Pharmacy Technician
The pathway for this in-demand career field includes courses in pharmaceutical dispensing, medical terminology, and label preparation.
Skilled Trades Pathway
Skilled Trades
Students learn skills related to math, industrial safety, hand & power tools, and print reading.


JEVS Graduation
JEVS Human Services
Learn how Penn Foster is helping diversion program participants become career and college-ready.


Heather Graduate
Hear from Graduates
Watch this video to learn why students like the program.

Case Studies

Job Corps
Center Director, Shriver Job Corps
Penn Foster prepares students for their pathway towards college. They have a curriculum that is geared toward their success.