Choosing a career is a huge decision, but you don't need to make it alone. Centralia College has grouped its programs into Pathways that allow you to explore and make the right decisions for yourself.

The Pathways are designed to be simple. Courses are grouped together to form clear paths to a career in your chosen field. We offer targeted advising to help you choose a path, stay on the path, learn what you need to know, and graduate. 

Exploring your career options will help you decide what you want, considering such things as lifestule and the type of work you want to do, so that you can make informed decisions about your future and get the most out of your educational at Centralia College.

Program Pathways Sample Careers

Arts, Humanities, & Communication

Thinking critically, working creatively, expressing your vision and views - the Arts, Humanities, and Communication pathway will help you develop information literacy, cultural awareness, and the capacity to adapt to careers as technologies change them. 
Programs of Study in this Pathway
  • Communication Studies
  • Drama
  • English & Creative Writing
  • Fine Arts & Design
  • Humanities
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Modern Language
    • American Sign Language, Chinese, French, Spanish
  • Screenwriter
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Music Therapist


The Business pathway will help you learn methods of maintaining a competitive edge in business through theory and practical learning. You'll have the opportunity to earn certificates and degrees that will lead to your workplace of choice or guide you through the first two years of a bachelor’s degree.
Programs of Study in this Pathway
  • Accounting
  • Office Administration
  • Management
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Accountant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Small Business Owner


Ignite young minds and pursue a fulfilling career in teaching through the Education pathway. This pathway prepares you to teach in early childhood, elementary, and secondary school settings. Choose from options depending on the age group and subjects you wish to teach.
Programs of Study in this Pathway
  • Early Childhood Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher


The Exploratory pathway serves students who are either undecided with their choice of major or career goal. This pathway will assist you with your consideration and ultimate declaration of a major and degree or certificate based on your interests, goals, and academic skills. You will work closely with faculty and staff to explore potential majors and careers in your first two quarters on campus.


The Healthcare pathway holds many opportunities for students with a wide set of interests and backgrounds, but with the common thread of providing excellent service to patients and making a difference in other people's lives.
Programs of Study in this Pathway
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Medical Assistant
  • Phlebotomy
  • Pre-Health
    • PE/Exercise Science, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dental Hygiene, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Veterinary
  • Registered Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Dentist

Science, Engineering, & Math

Join students with a passion for exploration, research, and innovation. Study genes in a lab, manage electrical systems, analyze water quality, design engines, roads or bridges, or explore volcanoes. Courses in this pathway will be relevant to your interests, goals, and desired degree to help you graduate and change the world.
Programs of Study in this Pathway
  • Engineering
  • Life & Environmental Sciences
    • Biology and Natural Resources
  • Mathematics
  • Physical & Earth Sciences
    • Chemistry, Geology,Physics
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Chemist

Social Science & Human Services

Explore how people think, feel and interact — individually and within and across society (how we got to where we are) — in the Social Science & Human Services area of study. Choose from an array of people-focused careers, including public service, economics, counseling, social welfare, history, research, law enforcement, politics, government and homeland security.
Programs of Study in this Pathway
  • Criminal Justice
  • Substance Use Disorder Professional
  • Social Sciences
    • Anthropology, History, Psychology, Sociology
  • Counselor
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Substance Use Disorder Professional

Technology, Trades, & Manufacturing

Work with leading-edge technology, tools and equipment to solve problems and get creative across several growing trades. Diesel technician, application developer, or welder—set a target on your career via the Technology, Trades, & Manufacturing area of study to advance your industry value and reach your career goals quickly.
Programs of Study in this Pathway
  • Commercial Driver License (CDL)
  • Diesel Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Welding
  • Manufacturing
    • Energy Technology
    • Electronics, Robotics, and Automation
    • Mechatronics
  • Welder
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Millwright