Career Clusters and Pathways

Finding the best way for students to learn and achieve success is a top priority – not just in District 214, but in our state and nation.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

The cluster level knowledge and skills set is built on a common core required for career success in the multiple occupations included in the cluster.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) has been central to this call for greater college completion and the credentials that CTE provides to both traditional and nontraditional student populations and has emerged as one of the most important elements in the completion agenda throughout  the country.

The Five CTE Areas

  1. Agricultural Education

  2. Business, Marketing and Computer Education 

  3. Family and Consumer Sciences

  4. Health Sciences Technology

  5. Technology and Engineering Education

The National Career Clusters Framework

The National Career Clusters® Framework is comprised of 16 Career Clusters and related Career Pathways to help students explore different career options and better prepare for college and career.

The Sixteen Career Clusters

  1. Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

  2. Architecture and Construction

  3. Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications

  4. Business Management and Administration 

  5. Education and Training

  6. Finance

  7. Government and Public Administration

  8. Health Science

  9. Hospitality and Tourism

  10. Human Services

  11. Information Technology

  12. Law Enforcement Services/Corrections Services 

  13. Manufacturing

  14. Marketing

  15. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

  16. Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

The Five Career and Technical Education (CTE) Areas / 16 Career Clusters / 44 Programs of Study

Agricultural Education

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
•  Environmental Science Systems
•  Food Products and Processing Systems
•  Plant and Animal Systems
•  Power, Structural and Technical Systems

Business, Marketing and Computer Education

Business Management and Administration
•  Business Management and Administration

Finance
•  Finance

Government and Public Administration
•  Foreign Service
•  Governance, Public Management and Administration

Marketing
•  Marketing

Family and Consumer Sciences

Education and Training
•  Teaching/Training: Early Childhood Education
•  Teaching/Training: Primary Education
•  Teaching/Training: Secondary Education

Hospitality and Tourism
•  Restaurants and Food/Beverage Services: Culinary Arts

Human Services
•  Counseling and Mental Health Services
•  Personal Care Services: Cosmetology
•  Personal Care Services: Personal Training

Health Sciences Technology

Health Science
•  Health Science

Technology and Engineering Education

Architecture and Construction
•  Construction: Building Trades
•  Design/Pre-Construction: Architecture

Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications
•  Audio/Video Technology and Film
•  Communications: Writer/Author/Editor
•  Journalism and Broadcasting
•  Performing Arts: Acting and Technical Theater
•  Performing Arts: Band
•  Performing Arts: Choir
•  Performing Arts: Dance
•  Performing Arts: Orchestra
•  Printing Technology/Visual Arts: Graphic Arts
•  Visual Arts: Art (2-D Painting and Drawing/ 3-D Jewelry and Sculpture)
•  Visual Arts: Photography

Information Technology
•  Network Systems/Information Support and Services
•  Programming and Software Development

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
•  Criminal Justice
•  Emergency and Fire Management Services
•  Legal Services

Manufacturing
•  Production: Fashion Construction
•  Production: Manufacturing

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
•  Engineering and Technology: Engineering
•  Science and Mathematics: Science Research and Development
•  Science and Mathematics: Social Science Research and Development
•  Science and Mathematics: Mathematics

Transportation, Distribution and  Logistics
•  Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance: Automotive Service
•  Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance: Aviation
•  Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)