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Career Pathways


Each of the 17 career pathways offer you the opportunity to build a foundation for a successful career and get a new job – all while getting there faster and affordably. Connect with your local college and see what’s available in your area.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources


Prepares students for careers in a highly technical and ever-changing sector of the global economy. These programs provide a career pathway to a wide variety of careers in agritechnology, animal science, plant science, food products & processing and environmental science.

Example Offerings:

Agritechnology, Veterinary Assisting, Horticulture, Water Quality Technician

Architecture & Construction


Prepares students for careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment. Examples of careers include drafters, electricians, construction managers and plumbers. Building trades/construction is a top program for high school students.

Example Offerings:

Building Trades, Building Construction Specialist, Carpentry, Drafting, Electricity/Electrician

Arts, A/V Technology & Communication


Encompasses audio/video technology and film, journalism and broadcasting, performing arts, printing technology, telecommunications, and visual arts. Students design, produce, exhibit, perform, write, and publish multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design.

Example Offerings:

Digital Design, Digital Media/Multimedia Web Production, Television Production

Business Management & Administration


Prepares students for careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions. Career opportunities in this cluster are available in every sector of the economy and require specific skills in organization, time management, customer service and communication.

Example Offerings:

Accounting Applications, International Business, Business Operations

Education & Training


Encompasses opportunities in education, training and library occupations. Careers in this cluster span educational institutions looking for postsecondary teachers and preschool, elementary and secondary school teachers. Desired skills include planning, managing, and administering education and training services.

Example Offerings:

Early Childhood Education, Principles of Teaching, Child Care Center Operations

Energy


Prepares students for careers in planning, managing and providing technical support services related to generation, transmission and distribution of various types of energy. Examples of careers include technicians, lineworkers, pipelayers and welders.

Example Offerings:

Alternative Energy Engineering Technology, Energy Technician, Solar Energy, Electrical Lineworker

Engineering & Technology Education


Introduces certain processes in mathematics, science and technology to prepare students for careers as engineers and technologists. Students learn how to apply mathematics, science and technology concepts to solve problems quantitatively in engineering projects, utilizing various technologies.

Example Offerings:

Applied Robotics, Engineering Pathways

Finance


Prepares students for careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance and business financial management. Finance career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy and require organizational, time management, customer service and communication skills.

Example Offerings:

Personal Financial Literacy, Global Finance, Insurance Claims Adjuster, Life Insurance Marketing

Government & Public Administration


Students in these programs are preparing to plan, manage and provide public services. This cluster is focused on planning and performing government functions at the local, state and federal levels, including governance, national security, foreign service, planning, revenue and taxation and regulations.

Example Offerings:

Emergency Planning and Response, Public Works

Health Science


Divided into five pathways: Therapeutic Services, Diagnostic Services, Health Informatics, Support Services, and Biotechnology Research & Development. Hundreds of Health Science educational opportunities in a variety of professions are offered throughout the state at the secondary and postsecondary level.

Example Offerings:

Paramedic, Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse (RN), Home Health Aide, Nursing Assistant

Hospitality & Tourism


Offers students educational opportunities, training services, and related learning support with an emphasis on improving education services. The pathways in this cluster include restaurant and food/beverage services; lodging; travel, tourism & recreation; and amusements & attraction.

Example Offerings:

Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management, Guest Services Specialist

Human Services


Divided into three pathways: counseling and mental health services; family and community services; and consumer services. Hundreds of human services programs prepare high school and postsecondary students for rewarding careers in this diverse cluster.

 

Example Offerings:

Community Health Worker, Youth Development Services, Domestic Violence Services

Information Technology


Deals with the design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware. Students use computers and computer software to convert, store, protect, process, transmit and securely retrieve information.

Example Offerings:

Applied Info Technology, Game/Simulation/Animation, Help Desk Support Technician, Computer Programming Specialist

Law, Public Safety & Security


Divided into five pathways: corrections; emergency and fire management; law enforcement; legal; and security protection. Students in these programs are preparing to plan, manage and provide legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

Example Offerings:

Criminal Justice Operations, Firefighter I / II, Homeland Security Specialist, Fire Officer Supervisor

Manufacturing


Incorporates six pathways: production; manufacturing production process development; maintenance, installation & repair; quality assurance; logistics & inventory control, and health, safety & environmental assurance. Students prepare for careers processing materials into intermediate or final products.

Example Offerings:

Automation and Production Technology, Aerospace Technology, CNC Machinist, Robotics and Simulation Technician, Automation

Marketing, Sales & Service


Consists of five pathways: marketing management; professional sales; merchandising; marketing communications and marketing research. Students in high school and postsecondary programs are preparing for careers in planning, managing and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives.

Example Offerings:

Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing Management, Customer Service

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics


Consists of planning, management, and movement of people, materials and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water. These programs also contain support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

 

Example Offerings:

Aircraft/Airframe Mechanics, Automotive Service Technology, Airport Management, Logistics and Transportation Specialist, Passenger Service Agent