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WHY "PATHWAY?"

There is no linear direction for a student to follow, and it is common for students to explore various academic interests throughout high school. However, focusing on a specific pathway can help to garner a diverse skillset that can be applied to numerous majors and career options. We hope to encourage students to explore their academic passions early in their AOC career in order to provide direction for their educational pathway.

FIND A MENTOR

Discover your path. Then, find out What it Takes to pursue that path.

The future is disruptive. Education continues to evolve, and college admissions are getting more competitive year after year. Our team aims to prepare you for these challenges. We have compiled over 85 alumni mentors that are all pursuing their respective pathway in college. Browse this page, and pick a pathway that you're interested in. Then, reach out to our alumni to ask about their experiences.

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A word of advice... 

Hear from recent graduates and alumni as they share their experiences at the Academy, including pieces of advice on how to fully take advantage of your opportunities. 

In addition, check out their academic and personal stories on our Meet Our Mentors page, where you can contact them with  further questions and pieces of advice! 

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A Closer Look at the AA

Before you make the commit to pursue an Associate Degree, THINK CAREFULLY about the investment that it demands. If it is not relevant to your academic pathway, pursuing an AA degree is a detriment to your opportunities to develop skills and expertise in your academic passions. 

DO NOT pursue a "piece of paper" to graduate with. Consider forward thinking. Our society finds itself amidst a significant period of change. If I pursue this Associate Degree, will I still be able to develop a skill set essential to navigating our rapidly-changing economy. Will this Associate Degree prepare me to pursue an academic pathway that will make me happy? 

In addition, if you are looking to apply to colleges out of state, it is NOT guaranteed that the units earned towards an Associate Degree will transfer. Each college has its own acceptable transfer units.

DISCOVER YOUR PATH. FIND OUT WHAT IT TAKES.

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Health Science, Animal Science, & Medicine

Students looking to enter the world of health care, pursuing careers that promote health, wellness, and diagnosis as well as treat injuries and diseases. Some of the careers involve working directly with people, while others involve research into diseases or collecting and formatting data and information. 

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Humanities, Literature, & Philosophy

Students interested in developing crucial insight into what matters in life, into the character of civilization, and into the capacity — and the limits — of people’s ability to understand societies different from their own.

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Law, International Policy, & Political Studies

Students interested in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Prospective business leaders and entrepreneurs are on track to drive social and economic change that will shape our collective future. 

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Math, Computers, & Data

Students that seek to understand computation; this includes analyzing algorithms and proving properties such as correctness and complexity, and requires an understanding of appropriate mathematical tools. 

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Physical Science & Engineering​

Students interested in engineering find themselves immersed in creativity, science, technology, and problem-solving. They invent, design, analyze, build and test machines, complex systems, structures and materials to fulfill functional objectives and requirements.

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Social & Behavioral Sciences

Students looking to study the individual's relationship to the communities they belong to. In this role, they focus on identifying high-risk behaviors or trends in a specific population and propose solutions to improve overall public health levels in their communities

Visual Arts, Design, & Entertainment

Students interested in designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services. 

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Business, Entrepreneurship & Finance

Students interested in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Prospective business leaders and entrepreneurs are on track to drive social and economic change that will shape our collective future. 

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Sustainability, Design, & the Environment

Students interested in sustainability and the environment become experts who help minimize and manage waste and pollution, protecting the air, water, soil, and ourselves from harmful chemicals. Through a multidisciplinary focus, they integrate the interconnected ideals of viable ecological integrity, viable economies, and equity and justice in their work.

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