Program Areas

Competency-based courses are offered in seven program areas, with each area having school-based, work-based, or community-based learning opportunities. A comprehensive list of courses by career cluster is also available upon request.

  1. Agricultural Education provides students with the opportunity to participate in an integrated educational model that focuses students on careers in global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.
  2. Business, Finance & Marketing Education provides instruction that encompasses business skills and techniques, an understanding of basic economics, and an understanding of making socioeconomic decisions and producing goods and services. Students can learn how to compete in a global marketplace as well as make intelligent consumer and business-related choices.
  3. Career Development Education is a process that involves students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the community. The curriculum is designed to help students make connections between their interests, attitudes, values, personality, learning styles, skills, and career choices to help them make good decisions about themselves and their future.
  4. Computer Science and Information Technology Education focuses on careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. Students will gain a better understanding of the role and impact computer science plays in the world today.
  5. Family and Consumer Sciences Education provides students with knowledge and skills to deal with issues such as work-and-family, health care, child and elder care, family and community violence and crime, global economics and politics, and technology usage. The concept of work, whether in a family or career, is central to the program area.
  6. Health Science Education program seeks to meet present and predicted needs for health care workers within a health care delivery system that is characterized by diversity and changing technologies. It is a program that recruits qualified and motivated students and prepares them for pursuit of appropriate health careers.
  7. Trade, Technology, Engineering, and Industrial Education provides students with skills and conceptual knowledge needed for careers in industry, engineering, and design. Students have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge to pursue higher professional degrees as well as earn industry certifications for careers immediately after graduation.

Middle Grades Education is designed to be exploratory in nature and assist the students in making wise decisions about choices related to themselves and to the world of work.

Combined with other academic offerings, career-technical education assists all enrollees with career goals and high school graduation requirements. Students are to have a career development plan outlining courses to be taken to meet tentative career objectives and obtain a high school diploma.

Common Program Goals

  1. Identify, organize, plan, and allocate resources – time, money, materials and facilities, and human resources.
  2. Work with others by participating as a team member, serving clients/customers, negotiating, and working with diversity.
  3. Acquire and use information.
  4. Work with and operate effectively within social organizations and technological systems.
  5. Work with a variety of technologies.
  6. Contribute to the development of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and mathematical skills.
  7. Contribute to the development of thinking creatively, making decisions, solving problems, and reasoning.

* These goals are based on the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Report.

What is articulation?

Articulation is a systematic, seamless student transition process from secondary to post secondary education that maximizes use of resources and minimizes content duplication. Articulation allows students to gain college credit for identified high school courses.