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

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 18, 2020
3rd Quarter: July 13, 2020-Septemer 3, 2020
4th Quarter: September 14, 2020-December 10, 2020

Days off:
January 20, 2020
April 27-30, 2020
May 25, 2020
June 22-July 9, 2020
September 7-10, 2020
November 11, 2020
November 25-26, 2020

Read about the College & Career Readiness Programs Attendance Expectations