Pathfinder Career Exploration Program

The Pathfinder Career Exploration program is designed for adults with disabilities and those who struggle academically, who want to further their education and prepare for the workplace. Students should have a high level of independence and be focused on transitioning to the workplace. Documentation of a disability is not required.


  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have finished high school (no diploma required)
  • Obtain a valid score on the CASAS test

Preparing for the workplace

Pathfinder students will complete all of the following employment-focused cohorts over a two-year period:

  • Horticulture and Landscaping
  • Health care
  • Animal care/Pet retail
  • Business/Customer service
  • Food service/Culinary
  • Technology

Academic life skills will also be included.

Classes are held Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New students are registered to a class at the beginning of each quarter, depending on class availability.

Career Pathways

Career Pathways is also offered through a partnership with Wake Tech Workforce Continuing Education. We currently offer the following tuition-based Career Pathways:

  • Hospitality – students can earn up to four nationally recognized credentials. 
  • Barista & Café Training – hands-on training in partnership with a local coffee shop. Students can earn a nationally recognized credential.

Getting started

Students interested in attending the Pathfinder program must attend an information session. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all information sessions are online through Zoom. If you are a student interested in the Pathfinder Program and would like to attend the next virtual information session, contact Julia Tennant at [email protected] or 919-334-1545.

Websites to check

Below is a list of websites that you might find helpful while class is not in session. 

Read about the College & Career Readiness program attendance expectations