What is a Pathway?
Your pathway is the set of specific courses, academic programs, and learning experiences that you will complete as you progress from enrollment to graduation at TCA. Our pathways will guide you through a high school diploma that is fully aligned to at least one TEA endorsement. It will also guide you through at least one Field of Study (FOS) as part of your college degree.
TCA is an interdisciplinary school. Our pathways intersect and combine to give students a stimulating education that is grounded in both theory and practice. The Business and Industry pathway is designed to provide students with employable skills immediately upon graduation. When they transfer to four year university’s and colleges they are in a competitive position to pursue higher paying jobs and strategic college internships. The Business and Industry pathway intersects very well with the arts and humanties pathway. We strongly encourage this pairing. We want to see our students go on to become professional artists and we also recognize the need for creative minds in the business professions.
Your Passion…Your Skills…Your Journey
We understand that your academic journey must be infused by your passions. Our enrichment program allows you to personalize your curriculum pathway. You will be guided by our team of faculty mentors and master class instructors as you explore and refine your interests. They will also assist you through your senior capstone project and the creation of a professional portfolio. At TCA we want to cultivate the next generation of creative innovators. Academics matter-but what you do with them can change the world.
Your high school diploma will fully align to the current standards as set forth in the Texas Legislature . Our Business and Indusry pathways fully align to the TEA high school endorsement. High school courses in this endorsement come from the following areas of study: Business Administration and Management, Communications, Mass Communication, Journalism, Radio/TV Production, Industrial Technology, Public Speaking, Finance, Marketing, and Technology Applications. The Business and Industry pathway blends with other endorsements adding providing employable skills and essenatial training that prepare our students for gainful employment while integrating their skills in arts, culture, and athletics into their chosen professions.
Your College Major
You will begin working on your college degree from during the first semester of your Freshman year at TCA. If you complete a full curriculum pathway with us, you will earn over 60 hours of fully transferable college credit. You will complete the basic courses required to finish the Texas common core curriculum. You will also complete at least one major Field of Study (FOS). The state of Texas guarantees that both your basic core and major field of study courses will transfer as a block and be applied to an appropriate major. This means that upon graduation from TCA, you will be finished with your lower-division degree requirements and be ready to transfer to any Texas public institution with a corresponding major as a college junior. The FOS curricula that are offered in our STEM pathways include:
Commuuter Science & Information Technology
Radio and Television