Helpful Tools for Finding a Career Pathway
Career Cruising is an Internet-based career exploration and planning tool used by students to explore career and college options and develop a career plan. Features of the program include: Assessments, Career Profiles, Multimedia Interviews and College/University and Apprenticeship Information.
Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. It also allows students to create a plan for their futures by helping them discover their individual strengths and learning styles and explore college and career options based on their results.
Why a Career Clusters Framework?
The framework of career pathways, career clusters, and programs of study organizes educational preparation and occupational choices into a unified concept. Career clusters provide a focus and path for students to pursue learning experiences that begin in P-12 education and extend through college to careers.
- Are for all students
- Create distinct educational plans of study that students can follow from secondary to postsecondary education to the workplace
- Help create smooth transitions in the educational pipeline and reduce duplication
- Empower students through information and experiences they need to make informed educational choices
- Help counselors, teachers, parents, and students design individual plans of study
- Comprise a key element in enhancing economic development by connecting schools with business and industry
- Students benefit when there are links between education and careers. Career pathways provide career guidance and a framework for students to plan their future. Students are more motivated when they can see the relevance of their education and are provided with smooth transitions to college and careers.
- Educators (teachers, counselors, and administrators) benefit when they integrate academic and CTE curricula, partake in professional development, align with other school reform efforts, and receive support. Programs of study also connect educators with local business and industry to ensure that what students learn connects to current and emerging careers.
- Employers benefit when they have the opportunity to partner with educators to prepare future employees by determining necessary skills, certifications, and current knowledge to succeed in the workforce.
- Communities benefit when business and industry partners with education for local economic development and educational planning. Higher levels of educational attainment contribute to a healthier local economy.
What are Career Pathways?
Career Pathways are multi-year programs of academic and technical study that prepare high school students for a full range of postsecondary options within each of the 16 clusters. Currently, there are 79 nationally recognized pathways, each with a specific pathway knowledge and skills. These pathways provide a context for exploring career options at all levels of education and a framework for linking learning to the knowledge and skills needed for future education and employment.
*Always consult with your school counselor for help in creating an individualized plan that best meets your specific learning and career goals
Secondary and postsecondary education partnerships bring together business and industry employers, labor organizations, community- based organizations, faith-based organizations, parent groups, and others to educate students and address the state’s workforce and economic development. These groups focus on the following:
- Secondary and postsecondary alignment
- Seamless transition
- Reduced remediation
- Non-duplicated courses
- Integrated academic and career-technical education (CTE) curricula
- Dual-credit opportunities
- Standards-based curricula aligned with industry credentials and/or certification
- Career development
- Professional development
- Articulation agreements
- Data-sharing agreements
- Partnerships and collaboration
Critical to this approach is the fact that education and employer partners need to develop and implement pathway curricula that lead to employment, including pathways in existing and emerging STEM.
The National Career Cluster Initiative
Career Clusters, Career Pathways, and Programs of Study
The Illinois Community College Board (n.d.) provides the follow key concepts and definitions:
Career Clusters: groups of occupations and industries that have in common a set of foundational knowledge and skills. There are 16 nationally recognized clusters within which are multiple career pathways.
Cluster Level 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. This shared core consists of the following elements: academic foundations; communication; problem solving and critical thinking; information technology applications; systems; safety, health, and environment, leadership and teamwork, ethics and legal responsibilities; employability and career development, and technical skills.
Career Pathways: multi-year programs of academic and technical study that prepare high school students for a full range of postsecondary options within each of the 16 clusters. Currently, there are 79 nationally recognized pathways, each with specific pathway level knowledge and skills. These pathways provide a context for exploring career options at all levels of education and a framework for linking learning to the knowledge and skills needed for future education and employment.
Pathway Level Knowledge and Skills: The pathway level knowledge and skills set is built on a common core of knowledge and skills required for career success in all programs of study aligned with the pathway. This core is specific to the pathway and consists of elements selected by secondary and postsecondary educators with input from business and industry and other stakeholders.
Programs of Study (POS): sequences of courses that incorporate a non-duplicative progression of secondary and postsecondary elements, which include both academic and career and technical education content. Programs of study should start no later than the ninth grade and continue through at least two years of postsecondary education. Programs of study include opportunities to earn college credit (dual credit) in high school, an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the secondary/postsecondary level, and an associate or baccalaureate degree.
Fr. English, Geometry B, Biology, Global Studies, World Language, P.E.
So. English, Algebra II-B, Chemistry, Social Studies, World Language, P.E./Health
Jr. English, Trigonometry/College Algebra, Physics, U.S. History, World Language, P.E.
Sr. English, Selected Math Course, Science, Social Studies, World Language, P.E.
*BHS also offers Honors and AP classes for students who qualify and wish to take a more rigorous course load
Barrington High School Career Clusters
Jill M Argall
Monica P Barreiro
Joan P Bell
Jeanne C Seidel
Ellen M Corcoran
Careers / CTE Liaison
Timothy T Martin
Jill E Fearday
Bryan G Tucker
Nicholas J Yeager