Pathways Education Program

Pathways students


Pathways is a program for high school students who would like to explore careers in STEAM fields. It introduces students to core areas in the sciences, technology, health, engineering, mathematics, and the arts.

The 2020-2021 academic program will provide the theoretical framework and dynamics of infectious diseases and medical responses from a public health perspective, the historical and contemporary responses to pandemics, and will emphasize the interconnectedness of disciplines in identifying community problems, in creating innovative solutions and developing resilience. Students will explore pandemics from a variety of perspectives, including historical, biological and epidemiological foundations. Upon completion of all program requirements, student receive three hours of college credit.

Pathways is also an opportunity for students to meet new friends who are also interested in learning about and planning for the transition to college.

  • Earn 3 hours of college credit from Rockhurst University.
  • Interact with university faculty, industry leaders and peers.
  • Explore careers in STEAM and discuss relevant issues related to pandemics.
  • Present your course project to peers, parents, and faculty.
  • Add the Pathways Program to your resume.

There are four components to the Pathways Program, including activities for students and special sessions for parents:

  • Student course sessions: Students are required to attend all course sessions as stated in the class syllabus. Sessions take place on Saturdays from 9:00 Am to 12:00 noon.
  • Student Project: Students will work individually or in small groups to complete a required project for the course.
  • Student Presentation: Students will present their project to faculty, family, and friends.
  • College-Parent Education Series: Parents and guardians participate in three, preparing-for-college information sessions with university administrators and staff.


·      September 12, 2020: Program Orientation & Student/Parent Workshop

·      October 17, 2020: Student Workshop

·      November 14, 2020: Student Workshop

·      December 19, 2020: Student & Guest Panel Session

·      January 16, 2021: Student & Parent Workshop

·      February 20, 2021: Student Workshop

·      March 27, 2021: Student & Guest Panel Session

·      April 24, 2021: Student & Guest Panel Session and Parent Workshop

·      May 22, 2021: Student Symposium 



How much does it cost to attend?

There is no cost to attend. However, students must commit to attend and participate in all program sessions and completing all assignments and activities. Students will receive a grade, and upon successful completion, college credit for the course.

How will the program be offered?

The 2020-2021 program will be offered in a hybrid format with fully online/virtual sessions, and if possible, face-to-face classroom experiences.

What is the deadline application?

To be considered for admission into the 2020-2021 program, students must submit ALL required documents by August 31, 2020.

How do I apply and what are the required documents?

     Application: Each student must complete an application for admission to the program which can be found here.

This application includes the following:

1.      Letter of Interest: Students must submit a one-page letter indicating why they are interested in participating in the program.

2.     Letter from Parent and/or Guardian: The student’s parent or guardian must write a letter indicating their authorization for the student to participate in the program; and their commitment to attend at least two of the three College-Parent Educational Sessions. This letter must be sent as part of the application documents.

3.     Letter of Recommendation: Students must submit a recommendation letter from a teacher, school counselor, or community/volunteer organization.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

If you have further questions, please e-mail