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Career Pathway Type

Career Pathway Type: Career Education


Career Pathway Type is the career cluster for the Vocational/Career Tech concentrator career path.

It's submitted with CTE program information for CTE concentrators in 11th and/or 12th grade within a chosen pathway.

Districts will continue to identify CTE concentrators on their end. Schools may submit more than one Career Pathway Type for a CTE course, if applicable.

The Career Pathway Type(s) (cluster) for each CTE course shall be populated in this field by DPI.

USES: The Career Pathway Type field collects more detailed information about the student's chosen path in a Career Education program course for Career and Technical Education (CTE) and College and Career Ready (CCR) reporting.


FAQs, Details, and Points to Note


  1. Career Education FAQs & Use Cases: For more specific information and scenarios, see the Career Education FAQs & Use Cases page.

  2. What does a Career Pathway mean? Career pathways are a series of connected education, training, and support strategies aimed at helping students achieve their own definition of success. Providing career pathways for students means that education and training align with the needs of the local job market, provide a range of secondary and postsecondary options, result in a secondary high school diploma, and help students enter or advance within an occupation. Within the CTEERS business structure, a Career Pathway is defined as one of the nationally adopted 16 career clusters.

    • Career Clusters: Career clusters are broad occupational groupings that serve as an organizing tool, categorizing common knowledge and skill sets for secondary and post-secondary education. Career clusters blend rigorous academic and technical preparation, provide for career development, offer options for students to experience all aspects of a business or industry, and facilitate students and educators with ongoing transitions. Practitioners interpret Career Pathways to be a subset of skills obtained within a cluster.



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