Career & Technical Education
In order to provide a way for schools to organize instruction and student experiences around broad categories of occupations from entry through professional levels, we must link to what is described as a career cluster. The current definition of a career cluster consists of a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities. Career clusters connect what students learn in school with the knowledge and skills they need for success in college and careers. Each career cluster identifies different pathways from secondary school to two- and four-year colleges, graduate school, and the workplace. Students may have the opportunity to earn these industry credentials as part of their program of study. Finally, student leadership training is an integral part of the instructional program for career and technology education. Appropriate organizations are available to students in career clusters, including FFA, HOSA and TSA.