College and career pathways

In today’s society, students have the opportunity to pursue a variety of pathways for their future, and it’s our job as a high school district to adapt and make sure we provide what they need to be college and career ready.

At District 88, we offer a comprehensive curriculum, including more than 30 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and more than 50 Dual-Credit/Collegiate-Credit courses in 17 career pathway areas, along with award-winning fine arts programming.

We are proud to have a diverse learning community, and we are focused on meeting the needs of all of our students and providing multiple and flexible pathways for them to find success after they graduate from District 88.

For more details, see the videos and information below.

To view the online course listing guide, go to, or scan the QR code below.

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Career pathways

We continue to work with colleges, universities and local businesses to enhance these options, and those collaborations and pathways are critical to assist with the labor shortage and to connect students to hands-on, immersive experiences, as well as certifications, credentials and scholarships. The focus is to connect them with viable short-term and long-term career options and work-based learning that can provide a supported pathway through their college pursuits.

We are always looking to develop more partnerships, and we invite those who are interested in supporting our students to contact us at, or click on the button below.


College credits

Our students have access to college-level and dual-credit classes, as well as externally credentialed and dual-credit career pathways, in areas such as automotive technology, culinary arts, business careers, engineering, medical careers, teacher preparation, building trades and more. These are provided in partnership with College Board’s Advanced Placement, Project Lead The Way, College of DuPage, Technology Center of DuPage, Elmhurst University and Dominican University. 

These courses allow students to potentially earn college credit while in high school, saving them an average of $1 million annually. 

Career certifications

Our students also earn more than 1,000 career certifications each year in the areas of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Human and Public Services; Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and Trades; Finance and Business Services; and Health Sciences and Technology.

CTE Youth Apprenticeship Program

This program is geared toward juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering, precision manufacturing, cybersecurity, computer programming, computer hardware and software design, business or hospitality. Students receive school credit, certification in OSHA 10, preparation for an apprenticeship placement and a paid apprenticeship experience in the manufacturing or information technology fields. For more information, click on the video above.
Heritage Spanish Career Fluency course

This course helps students develop their skills in professional settings and introduces them to various career paths while enhancing their biliteracy. This is accomplished through a job-shadow component at local businesses. For more information, click on the video above.
CNC Machining Fundamentals

This program helps students gain exposure to the modern machine shop environment and principles of manufacturing.

Education Teacher Preparation Program

This program provides
students with an inside look into the education system. Participants gain field experience and work directly with teachers and students in a classroom. For more information, click on the video above.
Flexibilities with graduation requirements

To allow for students to pursue these opportunities, we have implemented several flexibilities with regard to graduation requirements, including in reading, science and physical education. For more information, go to, or click on the button below.


To help students discover their path, they complete activities, tasks and assessments through SchooLinks, a comprehensive college-and-career planning and tracking tool.

Student Onboarding and SchooLinks Tour: LINK to Video

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