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Seventy-four Tennessee high schools are leading the way in the state to become the first to receive a pathways certification from the Tennessee Department of Education. 

This certification recognizes strong alignment between high school programs of study offered, postsecondary partners, and high-quality employment opportunities in their region. The department launched the Tennessee Pathways Certification as the K-12 initiative under Tennessee’s Drive to 55 to elevate and celebrate model college and career pathways throughout the state. 

Among those 74, seven of the high schools were in Sumner County; with one school receiving certification in three different categories and another receiving two certifications. The schools honored and the pathway programs they teach are:

*Nursing Services Pathway at Beech High School - Excelling 

*Criminal Justice Pathway at Gallatin High School - Advanced 

*Nursing Services Pathway at Hendersonville High School - Excelling 

*Criminal Justice Pathway at Hendersonville High School - Advanced 

*Agribusiness Pathway at Hendersonville High School - Advanced 

*Entrepreneurship Pathway at Merrol Hyde Magnet School - Advanced 

*Nursing Services Pathway at Portland High School - Advanced 

*Machining Technology Pathway at Portland High School - Advanced 

*Marketing Pathway at Station Camp High School - Advanced 

*Therapeutic Services Pathway at White House High School – Advanced 

“These communities are working together to provide students with the skills they need to succeed beyond high school,” Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said. “Earlier… we unveiled the department’s strategic plan, which emphasizes providing quality academic programs, serving the whole child, and developing and supporting our teachers and leaders to ensure that every student is on a path to success. Schools across the state are making this a reality through the Pathways program. I am excited that we are able to recognize their efforts and encourage others to follow their lead.”

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