Career Pathways Planning

Exploring Career Pathways

Career and Technical Education Pathways show students a direct connection between doing well in high school and being able to transition smoothly to postsecondary opportunities or getting a good job when they graduate. Students who focus on a Pathway acquire the skills necessary for entry into well-paid careers with high potential for rapid financial growth, increased levels of responsibility, and a high degree of personal satisfaction.


Career Cluster

Career Clusters are a grouping of related occupations and educational outcome identified by the Utah State Office of Education.

Career Pathways

A Career Pathway is a series of educational learning experiences that connect courses, skills and interest to the Cluster areas, post high school educational programs and real world career opportunities.

Explore – 9-11 Grade

Through course exploration, students become aware of:

  • their strengths/talents/interest
  • their preferred learning styles and work environments
  • the importance of good decisions making
  • how to successfully set goals.

Prepare – 11/12 Grade

Through course preparation, student develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions that will prepare them to be successful after high school in the area of focus or interest. Students have the opportunity to apply these acquired attributes through job shadows, internships and capstone projects.

Why is Provo School District emphasizing Career Pathways?

While not a graduation requirement, choosing a Career Pathway is a way to help clarify goals, provide purpose and relevance to your elective course selections, and prepare you to succeed in post high school education and in the workplace.

How do I get into a Career Pathway?

To complete a Career Pathway, students must complete Pathway courses in addition to the courses required for graduation. The requirements for each pathway are outlined below. Students should also contact Pathway teachers for individual guidance or recommendations to support personal career interests. Students may pursue multiple pathways during their four years at high school; they may also change to a different Pathway if their interests change over time.

How do I earn a Career Pathway Completer Certificate and Graduation Cord?

To receive an honor cord for graduation for completing one or more pathways, students must complete the courses required for graduation as well as the courses required for the pathway. Students should work closely with Pathway teachers to develop a plan to meet these requirements as well as receive personalized guidance to support specific areas of interest within a pathway.

Who do I contact at my school to find out more?

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