WaNIC provides a broad range of outstanding courses for all students, which can expand options for the future. All classes encourage both male and female students to enroll. In addition, all WaNIC courses are part of a Career Pathway.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Programs are open to students in the seven member districts: Bellevue, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Northshore, Riverview and Snoqualmie Valley. Students who live outside those district boundaries may participate on a space available basis with permission from their resident school district. Contact WaNIC to request information.
GRADE LEVEL: In general, students are enrolled in grades 11 or 12. Exceptions to this should be reviewed with the student’s Counselor. Summer Skills Academy is available for students entering grades 10 to 12.
LENGTH: Most classes are year-long, unless otherwise noted. For questions about enrolling, please contact your Career Specialist/Counselor.
SCHEDULING: Approved and arranged with your Counselor. Class and travel time should be considered. See the Time/Location insert for class times.
CREDITS: Occupational education credits are earned based on class hours involved. Some classes offer equivalency credit (i.e., math, science). Many WaNIC classes are eligible for college credit through Tech Prep. Check with your Counselor/Career Specialist.
COST: None (except as noted for lab fees).
TRANSPORTATION: Students provide their own transportation.
AVAILABILITY: Classes operate on a space-available basis, with enrollment on first-come, first-served.
ADVANCED TRAINING, EMPLOYMENT PREPARATION AND EXPERIENCE IN A CAREER FIELD: Available to students while still attending high school. Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills. Reading, math, written and oral communications skills related to the workplace will be integrated in to the curriculum. Many classes offer advanced placement options at area community and technical colleges.
QUESTIONS? Contact WaNIC, or call us at 425-739-8400.
Career Pathways are an organized sequence of classes and activities that contribute to preparation for occupations of a similar kind. Pathways provide students with a method for setting broad, flexible goals for the future, prepare them for the post-secondary world, and direct them toward opportunities in higher education and the skilled workforce. Pathways help students see why they are in school and help them become motivated to reach their fullest potential.
There are six Pathways identified by WaNIC and its member school districts: Arts, Media, Communication and Design; Business Management; Natural Resources and Agri-Science; Engineering, Science, and Technology; Health and Human Services; and Information Technology.
Arts, Media, Communication and Design
People who are artistic and creative are employed in this pathway. These pathways may include fashion design, graphic design and production, film and cinema studies fine arts, journalism foreign languages, radio and television broadcasting, advertising and music production.
These pathways may include careers that appeal to those individuals who are enterprising and persuasive in nature including careers of public relations, sales, marketing, hospitality and tourism, computer/information systems, retailing, accounting, small business ownership, and management.
Natural Resources and Agri-Science
These career pathways appeal to those who value the earth and plants. Careers may include landscaping, forestry, turf management, florist, and horticulture occupations.
Engineering, Science and Technology
People who are realistic and enjoy getting things accomplished are found in this career pathway. These pathways may include engineering, drafting, carpentry, scientific research, welding, mechanics, electronics, and automotive related occupations.
Health and Human Services
People who put the education and well being of others at the top of what is important to them are drawn to this career pathway. It may include careers related to health and community support related to economic, political, and social systems. It may also include law enforcement, nursing, counseling, childcare, cosmetology, and medicine.
People who are attracted to careers in this pathway are inquisitive and like to ponder data and issues. Pathway careers include those related to the technologies necessary to design, develop, install, or maintain computer systems. This pathway may include computer technology, web related services, computer programming and animation.
There are WaNIC courses in every Pathway, regardless of which Pathways your school or district is using. So, whatever career you may be considering, there may be a related WaNIC course for you. See your Counselor or Career Specialist for more information.