TOPS Tech Jumpstart Pathways

NOTE: All students, including college-bound (TOPS University) students, are welcome to acquire certifications! The nine courses required for each pathway are only for students who are part of the TOPS Tech Jumpstart Pathway.

By the end of sophomore year, students may opt out of the TOPS University Diploma path to graduation. If this happens, students must complete one of the below Pathways and pass their accompanying certification examinations in order to graduate. These are the TOPS Tech Jumpstart Pathways that Covington High offers:

Jumpstart Pathway
Info Handout
Possible Careers
Video Description
Required Certification(s)
Agriculture Tech
(or Certified Nursery and Landscape Pro)
  Farmworker, Outdoor Power Equipment Manager, Construction Laborer, Ag. Inspector, Farmer, Rancher, Rotary Dill Operator, Bus & Truck Mechanic, AgriScience Teacher    
Automobile Service Auto Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics; Bus & Truck Mechanics; Diesel Engine Specialists; Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers   1 or more ASE Certificates
Business Management Business Retail & Hospitality Management; Business Administrators   1 Core (Cust. Serv.) & 2 Comp. Credentials
Carptenter Carpentry Carpenters; Cabinetmakers & Bench Carpenters; Drywall & Ceiling Installers’ Construction Laborers; Carpenters’ Helpers   NCCER Carpentry, Level 1
Certified Nursing Assistant CNA Medical & Health Service Mgr.; LPN; RN; Medical Records & Health Info. Techs; Health Science Teacher; Medical Transcriptionist; Medical Secretary; Office Clerk; Home Health Aide; Nursing Aid; Orderly; Attendant
C N A Certification
Digital Media and Entertainment Tech Dig Media Multimedia Artist & Animator; Graphic Designer; Advertising & Promotions Manager; Marketing Specialist; Marketing Manager; Public Relations Specialists   Adobe Certified User: Photoshop
Emergency Medical Tech
(Emergency Medical Responder)
EMT Ambulance Driver; Attendant; Emergency Management Director; Emergency Medical Tech; Paramedic   E M R Certification
Health Science- Patient Care Management
(Emergency Medical Tech students)
Patient Care Medical Records & Health Information Tech; Occupational Health & Safety Tech.; Environmental Science and Protection Tech; Health & Safety Engineer; Healthcare Social Worker; Occupation Health & Safety Specialist; LPN; Vocational Nurse; Medical & Health Services Mgr.; Physical Therapist; RN    
Hospitality, Tourism, Culinary, and Retail Hospitality

Hospitality:  Food Service Mgr.; Lodging Mgr.; Customer Service Rep.; Supervisor of Food Prep & Serving Workers; Housekeeping & Janitorial Worker

Tourism:  Lodging Manager; Hotel Desk Clerk; Tour Guide & Escort; Travel Agent

Culinary:  Food Service Mgr.; Chef & Head Cook
Retail:  Sales Mgr.; First-Line Supervisor of Retail Worker; Store Mgr.; Asst. Store Mgr.

  1 Core (Cust. Serv.) & 2 Comp. Credentials
Information Tech Info Tech Comp. Sys. Mgr.; Comp. Programmer; Comp. Sys. Analyst; Industrial Eng.; Software Developer; Comp. Network Admin.; Database  Admin.   Adobe Certified User: Photoshop or CompTIA A+
ProStart (including ServSafe) Prostart General & Operations Mgr. in Food Service; Market Mgr.; Chef & Head Cook; Dietician & Nutritionist; Food Service Mgr.; Food Science Tech.; First-Line Supervisor of Food Prep. & Serving Workers; Food Scientist & Tech.   NRA and ServSave
Public Service Public Service Lawyer;  Detective; Sherrif; Police; Dispatcher (Fire, Police, Ambulance)   1 Core (NIMS) & 2 Comp. Credentials
Welder Welder Welder; Cutter; Solderer; Brazer; Plumber; Pipefitter; Steamfitter; Industrial Machine Mechanic; Boilermaker; Maintenance & Repair Worker; Sheet Metal Worker; Structural Metal Fabricator & Fitter   NCCER Welder, Level 1
Welder's Helper Welder Helper Tack Welder; T-Joint Welder; Grinder Asst. Rod Identifier/Runner; Maintenance Asst.; Construction Laborer; (also see possible career options for Welder)   NCCER Welder, Level 1


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