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URLwire: Thursday, January 22, 2004
Test Drive High Tech Careers on New Web Site at
Pathways to Technology
Pathways to Technology focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy, including: biotechnology, information technology, marine science, agricultural technology, process technology, engineering technology, telecommunications, geographic information systems (GIS), and more. 
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Pathways to Technology: The Community College Route is a new Web site and multimedia resource for high school students exploring career options, adults considering a job change, and the teachers and career counselors assisting them. 

Featuring over two hours of streaming video, visitors to the site at will meet students who are currently pursuing 2-year community college degree programs and the faculty who teach them; see what college-level courses look like; learn about the support services colleges offer to accommodate a diverse array of students; and gain a broader understanding of the rewarding careers available to those with technology degrees.

Produced by WGBH, Boston’s public television station, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, Pathways to Technology also addresses:

Who attends community college?
10.4 million students, or 44% of all US undergraduates attended community college in 2000, according to the National Profile of Community Colleges: Trends and Statistics

What is technology education? 
The site focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy, including: biotechnology, information technology, marine science, agricultural technology, process technology, engineering technology, telecommunications, geographic information systems (GIS), and more. 

What are the entrance requirements?
While they differ from school to school, entrance is not limited to those who excel in math and science—community colleges offer courses and support to help students acquire the necessary knowledge and most courses are hands-on, making the content accessible and offering opportunities to see math and science applied in real situations. 

Who succeeds in technology programs?
The Web site introduces a variety of technology students, including a15-year-old high school sophomore taking biotechnology courses; a 21-year-old student and father of twins studying process technology, hoping to go on to a 4-year university; a 34-year-old mother of two who also works full-time; a 20-year-old seventh-generation farmer seeking to update farm operations; and a 40-year-old man changing careers.

Where are community colleges?
Community colleges provide a national network of colleges located in every state that are affordable and a short commute for 90% of the U.S. population. Use the community college finder on the Pathways site to locate the community college in your area and learn more about the programs they offer.

Additional Resources
Teachers, career counselors, business leaders, community college faculty and administrators can order free VHS copies of the Pathways to Technology video series and CD-ROM recruitment toolkit which offers strategies, activities, and customizable print pieces to incorporate the Pathways resources into ongoing recruitment efforts at while supplies last.

Background and contact information:

Pathways to Technology is produced by WGBH Boston. Collaborating Partner: American Association of Community Colleges, © 2004 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. 

Funding for this project is provided by a grant from the Advanced Technological Education Program of the Division of Undergraduate Education of the National Science Foundation [DUE# 0202223]. Any opinions, ?ndings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of nearly one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup and companion online content as well as many public radio favorites. Its production menu is diverse, including Nova, Frontline, American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre, Arthur, and Zoom on PBS and The World and Sound & Spirit on public radio. WGBH is a pioneer in educational multimedia (including the Web, broadband, and interactive television) and in technologies and services that make media accessible for people with disabilities. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards…even two Oscars. In 2002, WGBH was honored with a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years of excellence. For more information visit

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation's community colleges. The association represents 1,100 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions and some 10 million students. AACC provides leadership and services in five key areas: policy initiative, advocacy, research, education services, and coordination and networking. For more information, visit

For further information contact Lisa Cerqueira, Senior Publicist WGBH Educational Foundation
Phone: 617.300.5334 or via lisa_cerqueira(-at-)

Norma G. Kent, Vice President for Communications, American Association of Community Colleges
phone: 202/728-0200, ext. 209 or via: nkent(-at-)

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