Clear path, critical preparation

Rigorous "Programs of Study" provide an avenue to skilled jobs for high school students. These youth career pathways are organized within the National Career Cluster Framework™ and allow high school students to earn postsecondary credits, accelerating the attainment of industry-recognized postsecondary credentials for jobs ranging from Accounting to Automotive Tech, and Engineering to Health Sciences.

The interactive WIsconsin Career Pathways site serves as a portal for students’ career planning activities, including academic plans, career interest inventories and assessments. The site displays labor market projections for more than 1,000 occupations and connects students to prospective postsecondary options within their chosen cluster. This multi-faceted tool allows teachers, students and counselors to build Programs of Study in K-12 school districts throughout Wisconsin.

At the same time, the number of Wisconsin high schools offering "dual credit" – technical college credits on a postsecondary transcript, which also count toward high school graduation – has nearly tripled since the 2006-07 academic year. This growth reflects both increased student interest and the WTCS focus on promoting career pathway opportunities.

Learn more from the Career Prep Coordinator at your local technical college.