• Career Clusters™ are broad groupings of occupations/career specialties, organized by common knowledge and skills required for career success. There are 16 Career Clusters™ and 79 related pathways (sub-groupings of occupations/career specialties). Supported by Carl D. Perkins 2006 legislation, Career Clusters™ is an organizing tool for curriculum design, school guidance, and a framework for a seamless transition to career and college.

    Career Clusters™ link what students learn in school with the knowledge and skills needed for success in career and college. They identify programs of study that connect the secondary school with two- and four-year colleges, graduate school, and the workplace so students can link what they learn in school and what they can do in the future.

    All NC CTE courses align with the Career Clusters™. Each course is placed in a Career Cluster based on a set of knowledge and skills common to all careers in the entire Career Cluster. Industry-validated knowledge and skills statements of student expectations identify what the student should know and be able to do. They prepare students for success in a broad range of occupations/career specialties. Some CTE courses cross over all 16 Career Clusters™. The 16 Career Clusters™ are: 

    In Orange County Schools, Career Clusters™ are supported by six program areas, with each area having school-based, work-based, or community-based learning opportunities.

    • Agricultural Education
    • Business, Finance, and Marketing
    • Computer Science and Information Technology
    • Family & Consumer Sciences
    • Health Science
    • Trade, Technology, Engineering, and Industrial

    Combined with other academic offerings, Career and Technical Education assists all enrollees with career goals and high school graduation requirements. Students are to have a career development plan outlining courses to be taken to meet a tentative career objective and obtain a high school diploma.