What are Career Clusters?
Career Clusters are broad occupational groupings based on a set of common knowledge and skills (link to a stronger definition of knowledge and skills) required for a specific career. Wisconsin has adopted the National 16 Career Clusters that also serve as a tool for organizing curriculum and instruction. Career Clusters provide opportunities for all students regardless of their career
goals and interests.
Career Clusters are a tool for a seamless educational system that:
• blends rigorous academic/technical preparation
• provides career development
• offers options for students to experience all aspects of a business or industry
• facilitates/assists students and educators with ongoing transitions
What are Career Pathways?
Career Pathways are a sub-grouping of occupations and career specialties used as an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction. Similar to career clusters, career pathways are grouped based on their requirements for a set of common knowledge and skills for career success.
What is a Program of Study?
A Program of Study is a sequence of instruction (based on recommended standards, and knowledge and skills) consisting of coursework, co-curricular activities, work-site learning, service learning, and other learning experiences. This sequence of instruction provides preparation for a career.
Information provided by WICareer Pathways