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.
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