What is a Career Cluster?

What “IS” a Career Cluster?

  • A Cluster is a sequence of courses within your area of interest.
  • A Cluster will connect your career interests from high school to college and/or career.
  • A Cluster is your educational road map guiding you to the high school courses and post-secondary options most relevant to your chosen career destination.
  • A Cluster will help you acquire the depth of knowledge and skill linked with specific post-secondary programs that will lead to a certificate or degree and/or career.
  • You choose; You decide which Cluster is right for you.

Henrico CTE Clusters: Connecting High School to College and Career

Henrico Career and Technical Education Clusters deliver relevant and rigorous academic and technical experiences in:

CTE will prepare you for more than a good-paying job. It’s the beginning of a career path. Most jobs today require post-secondary, advanced technical training. CTE meets that need!

What do Career Clusters Do?

  • Organize Academic and technical knowledge and skills into a coherent sequence
  • Identify pathways from secondary to post-secondary education
  • Provide a framework for seamless education
  • Provide instruction support for rigorous academic teaching and learning
  • Provide alignment of academic and technical skills with workplace readiness skills
  • Provide opportunities to involve parents, business and industry, and the school community
  • Provide the development of effective plans of study that are based on career assessments

79 Career Pathways

  • Within each career cluster, there are multiple career pathways that represent a common set of skills and knowledge, both academic and technical, necessary to pursue a full range of career opportunities within that pathway – ranging from entry-level to management, including technical and professional career specialties.
  • Based on the skill sets taught, all CTE courses are aligned with one or more career clusters and career pathways.

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