Pathfinder Career Exploration Program (Formerly ABE TOPS) 

The Pathfinder Career Exploration Program is designed for adults with disabilities and those who struggle academically, who want to further their education and prepare for the workplace.  Students should have a high level of independence, and be focused on transitioning to the workplace.  Documentation of a disability is not required.


  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be finished with high school. A diploma is not required
  • Obtain a valid score on the CASAS test

Preparing for the Workplace

Pathfinder students will complete all of the following employment-focused cohorts over a 2 year period:

  • Horticulture & Landscaping
  • Healthcare
  • Animal Care/Pet Retail
  • Business/Customer Service
  • Food Service/Culinary
  • Technology

Academic Life Skills will also be included.
Classes are held M-TH, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
New students are registered to a class at the beginning of each quarter, depending on class availability.

Career Pathways

Career Pathways are also offered through a partnership with Wake Tech Workforce Continuing Education.  We currently offer the following tuition-based Career Pathways:

  • Hospitality - students can earn up to 4 nationally recognized credentials. 
  • Barista & Café Training - hands-on training in partnership with a local coffee shop. Students can earn a nationally recognized credential - Guest Services Gold

Getting Started

Students who are interested in attending the Pathfinder program must come to an information session at The Beltline Education Center, located at 3200 Bush Street, Raleigh, NC 27609.  

Information Sessions are held on the following dates at 4:30 pm.  Reservations are not required.

2020 Dates
  -February 5           -August 5
  -May 6                   -October 7

**Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all information session are postponed until further notice. 

For more information, contact Julia Tennant at 919-334-1545 or [email protected]

Important Dates

1st Quarter: January 13, 2020-March 26, 2020
2nd Quarter: March 30, 2020-June 25, 2020
3rd Quarter: TBD
4th Quarter: TBD

Days off:
January 20, 2020
April 27-30, 2020
May 25, 2020
June 29-July 16, 2020
November 11, 2020
November 25-26, 2020

Websites To Check Out

Below is a list of websites that you might find helpful while class is not in session.

Read about the College & Career Readiness Programs Attendance Expectations