Frequently Asked Questions

A Career Pathways Certificate opens the door to a solid start in obtaining your employment and educational goals. Each Certificate requires just a few courses. You decide how far you want to go, at a pace that is comfortable for you. The first Certificate gives you a competitive edge when applying for an entry level position in a given industry or career pathway. As you take each step in your career pathway, you'll find that each new Career Pathways Certificate will give you an advantage as you apply for better positions. These certificates eventually lead to an Associate of Applied Science or an Associate of Science Degree - or even beyond! It's up to you how far you want to go.

A Career Pathways roadmap is a graphic display of the path from the first certificate of completion to the two-year or four-year degree. The roadmap's also include employment information. When you see a roadmap in the program information on certificates of completion, click on it for further information.

All courses included in Pathways are college courses. Students register for them through the usual Southwestern admissions and registration process. Southwestern has an open admission policy and welcomes students who wish to obtain a quality education.

You can find more information about certificates by clicking on Career Pathways Certificates.

Students who will be full-time, who will be pursuing a degree or certificate program or receiving financial aid must complete placement tests prior to registration. The Compass placement test determines the student's entry levels for reading, writing and math. If the student has prior college work or has taken a placement test at another college or have recent ACT or SAT scores. See Educational Support Programs and Services.

The Transitional Education Program provides opportunities for students to review or upgrade math, reading and writing skills at a variety of times and locations.Compass Placement practice tests are at There also opportunities in Curry County for reviews and upgrades at a variety of times and locations.

The same assistance as listed in & "How can students prepare for the placement test" above is available to students who have taken the placement test and want to improve their test scores.

Check with your high school guidance counselor for specific options, which may include College Now, dual credit, expanded options, personal payment and other opportunities.

Some employers are willing to provide flexible schedules, partial tuition, and other support. For example, hospitals and other health care businesses are funding professional development at higher levels now than in previous years. Larger retail chains are willing to assist employees who show management potential. See the individual employer for more information.

Financial aid may be available. If you have any questions, feel free to contact or (541) 888-7337 for assistance.

There are tuition and fees for the courses within the certificates. The cost varies depending upon how many courses are in the certificate.

Courses included in certificates of completion are offered at a variety of times including daytime, evenings, and online instructions for viewing class schedule in myLakerLink.

Note: Class schedule is subject to change without notice.

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