About Stride Career Prep
The Stride Career Prep program is designed to help students get an early start on their career path. Set your student up for success as they complete high school.
Stride Career Prep is dedicated to creating equal access to a high quality career readiness education for all students—closing the skills gap plaguing businesses and positioning our youth to lead America forward.
Building a career has never been more important, and the Stride Career Prep program is committed to preparing teens for their futures as soon as possible. Our goal is to provide high school students with the skills and resources necessary to be successful in their chosen career—regardless of whether they go directly into the workforce, military, or college.
Our program prepares students for their future, as they tackle the requirements of a regular high school curriculum. Students can choose from more than 25 pathways in five high-demand career fields.*
So whether your teen wants to become an accountant, a dental assistant, or a digital designer—we have career-focused electives, work-based learning opportunities, and industry-recognized certification exam prep to get them ready for life after high school.
CAREER FIELDS INCLUDE:
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Health and Human Services
See how Stride Career Prep is putting Kiera on the path to a bright future in health science.
Project-based learning. Hands-on skills.
We believe in teaching students problem-solving techniques and soft skills through project-based learning. Students can apply these critical skills to situations they'll face on the job in the real world. According to a recent study, these are the top three soft skills that job applicants lack.
Source: Society for Human Resource Management, 2019 State of the Workplace
And teachers aren't merely lecturers but coaches and facilitators, as students control their own learning experience. Old competition-based frameworks of grading curves and high-stakes tests are replaced with collaboration—mirroring the teamwork required to succeed in the modern workplace.
Stride Career Prep students use their high school years to figure out where they want to go and how to get there. In addition to core courses, they take career-focused electives in the field of their choice—all while earning their high school diploma. By discovering what they want to do now, teens are better prepared to dive into a career right out of high school or make an informed decision about their college major. Students benefit by:
Exploring career options
Gaining real-world skills
Choosing from 25+ pathways across five career fields*
Preparing for any of 40+ industry-recognized certification exams**
Acquiring hands-on skills and training
I learned to create websites and to program using Java. One of my favorite coding projects was designing a game—I learned how to program the character to move, to run, and to jump.
— Anthony R., studying programming†
I found out about things that I could do that I didn't know I could do.
— Gabriela R., studying entrepreneurship‡
I want to be a forensic pathologist and so far it’s been amazing. I love doing online school and there are a lot of opportunities to learn my particular field.
— Kiera P., studying forensic science§
*Not all career fields and pathways are available at every school. Please check with your school.
**Many Microsoft®️ Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who participate in the program for at least two years will have further preparation for certification testing.
†Anthony is a 2020 student at a Stride K12-powered school in Ohio, and his statement reflects his experience at his school.
‡Gabriela is a 2020 student at a Stride K12-powered school in Florida, and her statement reflects her experience at her school.
§Kiera is a 2020 student at a Stride K12-powered school in Colorado, and her statement reflects her experience at her school.