Pathways


Pathways offer a balance between structure and choice. Like choosing a major, Pathways are designed to help you move forward toward your goals.

Read below to learn more about each of our programs in Entrepreneurship, Tech, Arts, and College Prep.

Each pathway is supported by an Advisory Team, experts guiding the vision, content, and implementation of each program.

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Entrepreneurship

people on a dockLearn to start your own business and turn your ideas and skills into money.

An entrepreneurial mindset is one of the most useful assets you can have in our changing world. Whether you go on to start your own business or not, anyone can benefit from learning basic financial skills, as well as how to present yourself in the world.

A series of introductory classes will introduce students to core principles and skills. Teens who find they would like to invest themselves further will be connected with a mentor and other support to envision and create their own small businesses.

The Entrepreneurship Pathway has an Advisory Team of local entrepreneurs. Many thanks to:

  • Kip Foley, President, Cover Technologies
  • Delcie Bean, CEO Paragus IT
  • Theodore Agranat, CEO Yellow Brick Management
  • Jim Fitzgerald, CEO, Wheelhouse Strategies
  • Farid Khelfaoui, Executive Director, SPARK
  • Rick Plaut, Instructor of Entrepreneurship, Smith College

Tech

wire spacePursue your interests in computers and more.  Work toward in-demand job skills, or just for fun.

LightHouse will offer a series of beginner courses and support for teens looking to gain skills in programming, web development, and beyond. Teens who advance will be connected with a mentor expert to further develop their skills and prepare for their next steps.

The logical and creative thinking involved in tech are useful in any future endeavor.

The Tech Pathway has an Advisory Team of local professionals. Many thanks to:

  • Kelly Albrecht, CEO, Last Call Media
  • Joe Bacal, Web Developer, Common Media
  • Dan Bouquillon, Paragus IT
  • Sarah Dunton, Program Director, Girls Inc Holyoke
  • Lou Franco, Software Business Veteran currently with Trello
  • Peter Jaros, SoftwareDeveloper, CircleCl
  • Andrew Pasquale, Web Developer, Elytra
  • Victor Rojas, IT Director, Boys and Girls Club Holyoke

Arts

painted butterflyMake Art!  LightHouse plans to offer classes in a variety of artistic disciplines, including music, visual art, dance, and theater.

Whether you plan to continue on to a career in the arts or not, studying art is fun! Learning to express yourself and develop your creative abilities will enhance your life AND prepare you for any future endeavor as you learn to collaborate, think creatively, and take risks.

The Arts Pathway has an Advisory Team of professional artists. Many thanks to:

  • Jenna Weingarten, professional artist, musician, community organizer
  • Hector Rodriguez, professional artist
  • Rosa Ibarra, professional artist
  • Amber Ladley, professional artist, web developer, entrepreneur
  • Julie Lichtenberg, Executive Director, Performance Project
  • Hillary Rathbun, Assistant Director of Programming, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Interested in supporting the arts program at LightHouse?  Contact us! We’re especially seeking connections with musicians and dancers, but other professional artists are certainly welcome as well.  contact@lighthouseteens.org

College Prep

book in the grassPlanning to attend college in the future? The College Prep Pathway will take you there.

Develop your skills and expand your knowledge in a range of traditional and nontraditional topics, and build a competitive transcript.

The College Prep Pathway will help you find and explore interests and get ready for any college experience.

The College Prep Pathway has an Advisory Team of higher ed professionals. Many thanks to:

  • Peter Chirichiello, Career Linkage Coordinator at Springfield Technical Community College
  • Devon Cruz, College Counselor for Campus Bound
  • Kristina Moss Gunnarsdottir, Assistant Director of Hampshire College Admissions
  • Geovanny Interiano, Admission Counselor and Bi-Lingual Counselor at Westfield State University
  • Intiya Isaza-Figueroa, Admissions Interviewer for Harvard University
  • Bryn Nowell, Admissions Counselor at Holyoke Community College
  • Nichole Reynolds, Assistant Director of Admissions at Mount Holyoke College
  • Elizabeth Winship, Assistant Director of Admissions at Elms College

Self-Designed

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Have a different focus in mind? Excellent! We’ll work with you to map your own pathway, and help identify and locate the resources that are right for you.

Focused on engineering, a science, a trade, or another vision? Your advisor and additional LightHouse staff will help you envision and prepare for your next steps. The world is your campus.

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