In June 2012, Tennessee joined the Pathways to Prosperity Network - a six state consortium with the common goal of ensuring more youth complete high school and attain a postsecondary credential with strong currency in today’s labor market. This sought-after membership came in response to the Pathways to Prosperity report, which was published in February 2011 by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The Tennessee state network (Pathways Tennessee) was formed in December 2012 with the creation of the State Planning & Implementation Team and the identification of two pilot regions in Tennessee (Upper Cumberland and Southeast).
The mission of Pathways Tennessee is to provide Tennessee students rigorous academic/career pathways, which are linked to economic and labor market needs and trends. These pathways must: (1) have multiple entry and exit points in education, (2) transition seamlessly from secondary to postsecondary, allowing for college credit and industry certifications in high school, and (3) encourage/support active industry involvement in student learning. Pathways Tennessee is a statewide initiative and is sustained through regional leadership with various levels of support through cross agency collaborations at the state level.