Technological advances and global competition have transformed the nature of work and careers. To better prepare students for the careers of tomorrow, schools are providing challenging subjects presented in relevant contexts for learning. The United States Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, has organized these contexts into 16 occupational groupings called Career Clusters.
Career cluster pathways identify the knowledge and skills needed by students to meet the demands of further education and the expectation of employers. Working with schools through pathway partnerships, employers provide the educational community (both secondary and post-secondary) with information on what students need to know and be able to do to become successful in the career path of their choice. Educators can use the Career Clusters to organize and develop curriculum, assessments and guidance to provide a broader more durable preparation for students.
Some links below will connect you to national and state developed resources.
|Career Cluster Toolkit||Resources|
|Articulation Agreements||Aspects of Industry|
|Career Clusters Toolkit PowerPoint Presentation||Careerclusters.org|
|Career Exploration Assignments - Handout 1||Career Clusters: Focusing Education on the Future - PowerPoint Presentation|
|Career Exploration Assignments - Handout 3|
|High School Plan of Study General Form|
|High School Plans of Study for All Clusters|
|Lesson Plan Web sites|
|List of Colleges|
|Researching How Others Decide Their Career, a Questionnaire for Employers|
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