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CTE Assessment and Planning

Career Clusters is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities. The U.S. Department of Education's 16 Career Clusters provide learners with a focus for career-related learning and academic study, and schools or training programs with a way of restructuring curriculum, teaching resources, and how students are grouped. Students take classes around a particular career field (such as business, health, the arts, or technology). Students who select a career cluster learn about that particular field and may also learn general academics (i.e., English, mathematics, social studies and science) in the context of that career field.
The National Career Clusters® Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality CTE programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study. In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career.
As an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction, Career Clusters provide the essential knowledge and skills for the 16 Career Clusters and their Career Pathways. It also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary curriculum and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps students discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career.
  • Career Development services help students:
  • Recognize career interests and aptitudes through Career Cruising's Matchmaker, Skills Assessments, and Learning Styles Inventories.
  • Learn more about themselves and careers that suit their interests.
  • Search for careers and find out what they are really like.
  • Receive assistance in the selection of secondary and post-secondary education and training and find out where to get the education they need to start their careers.
  • Connect with employers and volunteers in their communities.
  • Learn employability skills and strengthen job search skills.
  • Receive special assistance to ensure increased learning.
  • Receive counseling and career development activities.
For more information about Career Assessment, contact: Career Development Coordinators for Elkin City Schools.