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Comprehensive high schools may choose to implement the Ford PAS curriculum as a set of electives for students wishing to increase their chances for success in college and professional careers. Such schools can use Ford PAS both to support the academic rigor of their other course offerings and to provide students with skills that help them prepare for higher education and careers. While Ford PAS modules were designed to be taught three per semester, in some schools teachers use two modules per semester and spend longer on each module in order to ensure that students master the skills they need to succeed in the Ford PAS curriculum, including math and literacy skills. Ford PAS is aligned to national academic standards as well as to the standards for several states in which schools have implemented the program. High schools currently using Ford PAS include public comprehensive schools in urban, suburban, and rural areas, as well as career academies, other small learning communities, and charter schools. These schools are located in neighborhoods, towns, and cities spanning the socioeconomic, demographic, and cultural diversity of the United States. Some high schools have agreements with colleges or universities that allow them to offer students college credit for completing Ford PAS courses.

Career and technical education high school programs may implement all or some of the Ford PAS modules that address many of the key Performance Elements and Measurement Criteria for each of the 16 national career clusters. Ford PAS has been aligned to the Career Cluster standards for all 16 clusters. In addition, Ford PAS addresses the requirement of the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 that high school programs of study integrate rigorous academic content with technical content (see the Ford PAS Connection to Perkins on the Ford PAS Network section of the Web site). College credit may also be offered to students who complete Ford PAS courses in these programs.

Community colleges and four-year colleges and universities may host a Ford PAS program that draws high school students from several area schools. College credit may be offered to high school students who complete Ford PAS courses. Some universities also offer Ford PAS to first-year students, particularly those taking introductory math, science, and business courses.

Community organizations may host a Ford PAS program that is open to high school-age students in their communities.