All occupations fall into one of six career service areas that break down into a total of 16 career clusters, with each cluster representing a group of careers that require similar knowledge and skill sets.
Career clusters are further broken down into 72 career pathways. Each pathway represents a group of occupations that focus on a specialty within the cluster.
Using career clusters as a guide, students explore pathways within a cluster to learn detailed information about the knowledge and skills needed to pursue occupations within the pathway. (For a complete listing of pathways, see the guide sheets available on each career cluster page.)
The district has developed PATHWAY PLANS for select career pathways that students may use as a suggested roadmap when planning and registering for high school courses. Additional pathway plans will be added as they are developed.
Following are the PATHWAY PLANS currently available (organized by service area and career cluster):
SERVICE AREA: Applied Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing
Architecture and Construction
- Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Pathway Plan (PDF)
- Welding Registered Apprenticeship Pathway Plan (PDF)
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
- Auto/Diesel Technician Pathway Plan (PDF)
SERVICE AREA: Health Sciences
- Nursing Pathway Plan (PDF)
SERVICE AREA: Human Services
Educating and Training
- Education (K-12 Teacher) Pathway Plan (PDF)
- Early Childhood Education Pathway Plan (PDF)
Kuder Navigator, the district’s career information system, helps students explore and prepare for various options after high school. Students take assessments beginning in middle school that identifies their interests, skills and work values that are matched up to career clusters, pathways and occupations. Learn more about Kuder Navigator and how it is used in the district.
Students login to Kuder Navigator through the Clever Portal.
Students can generate a Parent Access Code from their Navigator account that parents use to establish a parent account.
The Future Ready Iowa website directly connects students to tools for finding education, training and jobs beyond high school. It uses Labor Market Information to identify the number of jobs, the average median income and what training is required within a geographically determined distance.
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