Some students embark on career exploration in high school

Several states -- including Illinois, Georgia, New York and Tennessee -- are creating new high-school pathways targeting career preparation to make high school more relevant, help prepare students for life after graduation and keep the door open for their pursuit of higher education. Some schools, such as Wheeling High School in Illinois, allow students to pursue certificates in nursing and other professions while still in high school and gain other experience that will be useful as they choose and pursue a career.

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