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East Side Union High School District’s Career Services Program provides students with  exciting and unique educational opportunities as offered through a rich array of college and career readiness pathways. These pathways allow students to pursue their post high school career interests while receiving the latest industry practices in their chosen field.  Pathway approaches include partnership academies, Linked Learning, Career-Technical Education,  and magnet programs.  Pathways are supported through staff collaboration and professional development, systems support and leadership, and robust industry and community partnerships.  


The California Partnership Academies

This model is a three-year program (grades ten-twelve) structured as a school-within-a-school. Academies incorporate integrated academic and career technical education, business partnerships, mentoring, and internships. The California Partnership Academies are smaller learning communities with a career theme. Academy components include rigorous academics and career technical education, with a career focus, a committed team of teachers, and active business and postsecondary partnerships.

Linked Learning Pathway

Linked Learning Pathways are organized around four basic principles: (1) rigorous academics that prepare students for success in California’s community colleges and universities, as well as in apprenticeships and other postsecondary programs; (2) career-based learning in the classroom that delivers concrete knowledge and skills through a cluster of three or more courses, emphasizing the practical application of academic learning and preparing students for high-skill, high-wage employment; (3) work-based learning in real-world workplaces via job shadowing, apprenticeships, internships, and professional skill-building opportunities; (4) personalized support services that include counseling and supplemental instruction in reading, writing, and math to help students master the rigorous academic and professional skills necessary for success in college and career.

Project Lead the Way

Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through its K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy. Through activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum, PLTW gives students in kindergarten through high school a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. For teachers, PLTW offers engaging, rigorous professional development and provides tools to empower students and transform the classroom into a collaboration space where content comes to life. PLTW curricular programs include PLTW Launch, PLTW Gateway, PLTW Engineering, PLTW Biomedical Science, and PLTW Computer Science.

New Technology Network

New Tech Network (NTN) is a non-profit organization that helps students gain the knowledge and deeper learning skills they need to succeed in life, college, and the careers of tomorrow. NTN works nationwide with schools, districts, and communities to provide services and support that enable schools to fundamentally re-imagine teaching and learning through the use of project-based learning, use of smart technology, course integration and collaborative learning technology, and the development of a school culture that promotes trust, respect, and responsibility.

Career-Technical Education

A program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.

Career Pathways Trust

The East Side Alliance Consortium CPT targets students on the east side of San Jose to build a K-16 articulated approach for strengthening career technical education and increasing postsecondary enrollment and success. With a focus on infrastructure developers that undergird the economic development and employment in Silicon Valley, the consortium targets four industry sectors with high skill, high wage career opportunities: Transportation, Construction, Education, and Information Technology. The consortium includes three LEAs, three community colleges, one Workforce Investment Board, and twenty-five industry and community partners who have agreed on common goals for the initiative. The top priorities of the consortium are the development of a formal dual enrollment program between high schools and colleges and the expansion of work-based learning experiences for students. 2,100 students will participate in this initiative.

Strategic Approach

  • Develop of high quality linked learning pathways that include challenging academic and technical content
  • Pathway collaboration with feeder districts and schools facilitated by the East Side Alliance
  • Creation of dynamic teams of teachers, professionals, and community members to ensure optimal support for students
  • Cultivation and expansion of working partnership with industry and community to inform and guide student career choices
  • Increasing and intensive use of technology throughout all pathways
  • Post-secondary collaboration and development of dual credit courses that will accelerate student access to obtaining college credits and high school credits together

Pathways and Consortium Schools

  • Advanced Manufacturing
Piedmont Hills High School and San Jose City College
Mt. Pleasant High School
  • Biotechnology
Oak Grove High School
Silver Creek High School, Independence High School and Mission College
W.C. Overfelt High School and San Jose City College Early Childhood Education
Independence High School, Piedmont Hills High School, Yerba Buena High School and San Jose City College
 Independence High School, W.C. Overfelt High School
 Piedmont Hills High School and Mission College
Sylvandale Middle School, Andrew P. Hill High School, and Mission College
Sylvandale Middle School, Andrew P. Hill High School, Mt. Pleasant High School, Santa Teresa High School, W.C. Overfelt High School, and San Jose City College Web Development

Sylvandale Middle School, Evergreen Valley High School, Santa Teresa High School, and San Jose City College

Ocala Middle School, Independence High School and Evergreen Valley College