Career Pathways for High School Students


What are Career Pathways?

Career pathways are rigorous academic and technical courses in programs of study that prepare students for successful completion of state academic standards and support transition to more advanced post-secondary coursework in a related career area of interest.

High school students interested in learning more about these programs of study in Contra Costa county community colleges may visit The website provides students with information about job titles, median salaries, and the educational levels required to pursue careers in various Career Technical Education (CTE) fields. To learn more about how career pathways are defined within the community college system, click here.

What is articulation and how can it benefit me in high school?

Articulation is a planned process linking secondary CTE programs to post-secondary CTE programs.  Students in articulated high school courses can elect to take a "credit by exam" option which will provide them with college credit for the corresponding college course. Once the student completes the "credit by exam" option offered in their course, an annotation is provided on their college transcript indicating that the course was completed via "credit by examination." 

Additional information on articulation benefits can be found here. To find out which high school courses currently articulate with DVC, click here (updated 5/30/13).

High school students enrolled in articulated courses can earn college credit by completing the "credit by exam" option offered in their course.

Diablo Valley College's high school articulation agreements can be found online at the Statewide Pathways Website at Once there, click on the "Agreements" tab, and enter "Diablo Valley College."

For information about certificate and degree programs at community colleges in the Bay Area, click here. For additional information on Career Pathways and CTE opportunities for high school students at Diablo Valley College, please contact:

Sandra Parsons
Career Pathways Coordinator (Interim)

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