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A Career Pathway is a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career/technical courses, commencing in the ninth grade and leading to:
  • An associate degree
  • Baccalaureate degree and beyond
  • An industry recognized certification and/or licensure
The PATHWAY is developed, implemented and maintained in partnership among secondary and postsecondary education, business, and employers.  A Career Pathway is available to all students including adult learners. 

Core Indicators:
  • Aligned with the skills needs of industry
  • Follows CTE Industry Standard
  • Includes Secondary, adult education and                      post secondary education options including registered apprenticeships
  • Leads to the attainment of industry recognized degree or credential  

Program of Study:
A Program of Study is a planned sequence of courses designed by the Hart School District in a recognized CTE Career Pathway providing career preparation consisting of:
  • Instruction based on recommended standards and knowledge and skills
  • Coursework and co-curricular activities
  • Worksite learning, service learning, and other learning experiences
Core Indicators:
  • Includes an introductory, a concentrator, and a capstone course as a requirement
  • Should include a Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO)
  • Follow CTE Industry Standards
  • Duel enrollment opportunities with the local community college 
Elective Concentration (Course of Study):
An Elective Concentration is a four or more non-CTE elective classes in one area of concentration such as Drama, Choral Music, Band; and Journalism.

Core Indicators:
  • Elective courses not requiring an exploratory or capstone class
  • Taught by non-CTE credentialed teachers
  • No articulation agreements
Career Academy:
A Career Academy is like a school within a school.  Academies combine college-preparatory and CTE curriculum with a career theme (such as healthcare, business and finance or engineering).  Local employers are critical to career academies and provide career awareness and work-based learning opportunities for their students.

Core Indicators:
  • Academy specific Program of Study for 2-4 year
  • Team of teachers/leaders
  • College-prep classes infused with career themes
  • Project based learning
  • Common teacher planning time