Introduction to Career Pathways
Finding the best way for students to learn and achieve success is of utmost importance to the State of Illinois and the nation as a whole. College and career success is critical to our national and state economy and has become a national priority.
The Career Clusters and related Career Pathways serve as an organizing tool for schools, small learning communities, academies and magnet schools to develop more effective programs of study and curriculum.
The Sixteen Career Clusters
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Architecture and Construction
- Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications
- Business Management and Administration
- Education and Training
- Government and Public Administration
- Health Science
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Human Services
- Information Technology
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
- Science, Engineering and Mathematics
- Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Essential 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.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) has been central to this call for greater college completion and the credentials that CTE provides to both traditional and nontraditional student populations and has emerged as one of the most important elements in the completion agenda throughout the country.
College and Career Pathway Endorsments
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR)
Arts and Communication (A&C)
Finance and Business Services (FBS)
Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
Human and Public Services (HPS)
Information Technology (IT)
Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and Trades (METT)