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Program Pathways - Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Program Pathways Student?

  • Students interested in employment in career fields requiring postsecondary education and wish to pursue a 2-year certificate and/or Associate Degree designed to provide immediate employment skills upon graduation
  • Students wishing to prepare for college courses and/or gain college credit while in high school, which can also lead to a 2-year or 4-year college degree

Do Program Pathways Plans of Study lock a student into a particular curriculum?

No. Program Pathways Plans of Study were developed to provide students more opportunities for curriculum and future career choices. If you choose to change your Plan of Study, you will still receive your Program Pathway credits; however, those credits may not apply toward your new program.

How do I find out if a course I am taking is part of this program?

Ask your teacher or counselor if any of classes you are taking are part of Program Pathways. They can provide information on how to earn college credit for these classes. You can also look in the AACPS High School Program of Study PDF booklet. In the Completer Programs section; an AACC bird logo indicates a Program Pathway.

How are Program Pathways different from University System of Maryland (college prep)?

University System of Maryland (USM) prepares students for a 4-year college or university. Program Pathways provide Plans of Study options with many exit points for a student. You can go straight into the workforce after graduation, pursue certificate programs, continue towards an associates degree or continue further to a bachelors degree. Students can earn tuition-free college credit while still in high school.  

What do I need to do to be a Program Pathways candidate?

  • Start asking questions about Program Pathways in the 9th & 10th grade. Explore technical program(s) you find most interesting. When you become a junior, enroll in a Program Pathway
  • Take the high school courses the program suggests within your selected Plan of Study and work hard. You need to complete the entire program with a 3.0 or higher
  • Take the next step at Anne Arundel Community College. AACC has small and affordable classes, caring instructors, and provides a great learning experience. Plus, many of the classes you take there can transfer to four-year colleges and universities
  • The Program Pathway classes you took in high school will be placed on your transcript after you complete six academic credits of college coursework with a grade of C or higher at AACC

Will Program Pathway credits transfer to a 4-year college?

Program Pathways are a great way to earn college credits at AACC. However, the transfer policy regarding Program Pathway credit varies among 4-year institutions. Students should consult their chosen four-year institution for its transfer policy regarding Program Pathway credits.

What is an articulation agreement?

An articulation agreement is a cooperative agreement between AACPS and AACC.  It details the requirements for students to receive college credit for the completion of a Program Pathway.

How can I get more information on courses at AACC?

You can visit AACC's Web site for all the information you need, or contact the Program Pathways office at 410-777-2891.

Will this affect my financial aid?

No. Program Pathway credits are separate from financial aid. If you require financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office at AACC.

Are Program Pathways just about technical education like computers?

No. Program Pathways have Plans of Study ranging from business, architecture, engineering, health, early childhood, culinary arts, and more.

How do I register for my classes?

The Admissions Office at AACC schedules Personal Registration Dates (PRD) every spring at each of the high schools. Students have first pick of fall classes during these PRD sessions. But don’t forget to mention you are a Program Pathway student! AACC also has a wonderful Academic Advising department who will work with you to schedule your classes.