What is a Career Cluster?

What are Career Clusters and Career Pathways?

A career cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities. Within each career cluster, multiple career pathways represent a common set of skills and knowledge, both academic and technical, necessary to pursue a full range of career opportunities within that pathway. Based on the skill sets taught, all Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are aligned with one or more career clusters and career pathways. There are 16 Career Clusters in the U.S. Department of Education model. Virginia has adopted the nationally accepted structure of career clusters, career pathways, and sample career specialties or occupations. (from vaenergy17thcluster.org) Virginia will be adding a 17th Career Cluster for Energy soon.

  • A Career Cluster is a sequence of courses within your area of interest and was created by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • A Career Cluster will connect you with 79 Career Pathways from high school to college and/or career.
  • A Career 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 Career 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 decide which Career Cluster is right for you.
  • Visit the Advance CTE website or visit the Virginia Department of Education for more information.

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 from 16 Career Clusters

  • 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.

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!

 

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