Big Sky Career Pathways

Big Sky Pathways (career pathways) help guide students toward their chosen academic and career goals by providing seamless transitions from high school to college and into the workforce.  High school faculty work with Helena College faculty to complete Gap Analyses in order to determine how well the high school coursework leads to college coursework and to develop Programs of Study which provide students with suggested educational plans in various career areas, called Career Clusters.

The Programs of Study (education plans) include academic and career/technical courses in a non-duplicative sequence from high school to college, utilizing dual enrollment, work experiences, and leadership opportunities.  For example, students who enter the Business Management pathway and succeed in the suggested dual credit courses can earn as many as 27 credits toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Small Business Management, reducing their tuition costs and time to degree.

Helena College works closely with Helena High School, Capital High School, Broadwater High School, Jefferson High School, and Lincoln High School.  Additional high schools also participate with Helena College for selected pathways.  Helena College works with several high schools to develop and implement pathways listed in the menu to the left.  Use these links to download Programs of Study for each partner high school. 

Please note new links for College Programs and Careers:        

Montana University System Degree and Program Inventory:

Your Guide to Montana’s Certificate and Associate Degree Programs:

For more information, call Jan Clinard at 406-447-6951 or