Taylor Adds New Degree Pathways

Feb. 12—The addition of five new classes at Taylor High School will provide students with more opportunities to graduate.

Three of the courses will help establish a path to entrepreneurship degree completion.

This route is one of seven options as part of a broader trade route. Taylor High School Principal Brandon Gleason said students were asked which option they would prefer. The final vote was on marketing and entrepreneurship.

“Our students said, ‘This is us (entrepreneurship), I want to be in this. I want to know how to sell, market myself and be my own boss,'” Gleason said.

It is one of three new courses at Taylor High School.

The pathways are part of the Indiana Department of Education’s new graduation requirements.

Students must complete a high school diploma, learn employability skills, and demonstrate postsecondary skills. These are general requirements that give students more options for graduating, instead of the one-size-fits-all approach of passing a standardized test.

The new requirements and pathways were first applied to freshmen at the start of the 2019-20 school year.

Schools can design their own pathways, which are then approved by the IDOE.

Taylor High School is also adding the automotive technician training pathway. This degree path is aimed at students interested in becoming automotive technicians.

The program was created by Chariot Automotive Group and began this school year. Students who choose this path take career-related courses and earn credits through Ivy Tech Community College, as well as industry certifications.

Classes are held at Chariot’s Tipton, to the right of U.S. 31. Chariot officials told the Tribune in the fall that they intend to expand the program to Howard County, and that appears to be the case.

Brian Moon, assistant principal at Taylor High School, said Chariot representatives recently met with Howard County schools about the program.

“I think it’s a very unique opportunity,” he said. “We have kids who would be good…

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