Big Sky Pathways

Career Pathways help guide students toward their chosen academic and career goals by providing seamless transitions from high school to college and into the workforce. With pathways, students and parents can avoid the situation dramatized in this short, humorous video: YouTube.

NEW! Montana Career Pathways provide labor market information, statewide information about high school programs and dual enrollment opportunities, and links to all of the relevant college programs in manufacturing, health careers, finance, business, welding, and more! Go to MUS to explore these Montana Career Pathways.

Over the past five years, faculty from area high schools and Helena College have worked together to develop Programs of Study that list academic and career/technical courses from high school through college, with dual enrollment, work experiences, and leadership opportunities. These Programs of Study, organized by Career Cluster Pathways, can be downloaded from the sidebar.

Dual Enrollment is highlighted in these pathways. For example, students who follow the Business pathway can earn as many as 27 credits toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Technology, reducing their tuition costs and time to degree.Use a General Studies Worksheet to plan the way your dual enrollment credits apply to a four-year degree or a Career Pathways Planning Worksheet to plan the use of dual enrollment credits in a two-year degree.

During the 2017-18 academic year Helena College is: 1) sponsoring monthly FABrication Fridays with hands-on activities and industry tours; 2) enhancing existing pathways with additional dual enrollment offerings; and 3) convening Concurrent Enrollment teachers to ensure that courses are aligned across the system.

Click here to register for one of the following FABrication Friday dates:
February 2 -- Registration is full for this date
March 1
March 2
April 6

For more information, to attend FAB Friday, or to schedule a presentation about Pathways in your community, call Jan Clinard at 406-447-6951 or email

Women in Gear

Women 8th grade and older are invited to spend Friday, April 27th at the Helena College Airport Campus exploring careers in trades & technology. Hands-on demonstrations in careers ranging from welding and diesel technology to computer aided manufacturing. Women in Gear offers a FREE fast-paced, hands-on opportunity for young women in grades 8 to adult to engage in exciting demonstrations in: Automotive Technology Aviation Maintenance Computer-Aided Manufacturing Construction Diesel Technology Fire & Rescue Industrial Welding and Fabrication Breakfast snacks, lunch, and safety glasses provided
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