Welcome to the Pathway Partners Parent Resource Page!
With so many career options available, where do you start?
First, welcome to the Pathway Partners Mentoring Program and THANK YOU for allowing and facilitating your student's participation!
Second, check out the Mentee and Parent/Guardian Handbook to get started in the long-term one-on-one mentoring program and check out the 16 Career Clusters below to get started in the short-term mentoring job shadowing or informational interview programs.
Lastly, don't forget to complete the survey and check out all the news in the Newsletters below.
16 Career Clusters
The National Career Clusters® Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study. In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career.
Here is an opportunity to learn about the career clusters and how they connect with your students interests. Career clusters are groups of occupations in the same field of work that require similar skills. Each cluster contains several smaller groups called career pathways that connect to educational programs, industries, and careers. While a career cluster paints a broad picture of a group of occupations, a pathway helps focus on and develop a clear, more informed educational plan over time. The structure of the National Career Clusters Framework supports your student's growing career awareness and exploration.
Use the career clusters below when talking to your student about what they want to do when they graduate high school to help them organize their career search. Career clusters will help both of you find your way to over 500 careers and 60 industry descriptions.
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Does your student enjoy working with plants and animals? Interested in working to conserve natural resources or protect the environment? The Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources cluster includes careers in the production, processing, distribution, financing, and marketing of agricultural products including food, plants, fiber, animals, wood, and other plant and animal resources.
Architecture & Construction
Does your student want to design, build, and maintain structures where people live, work, and play? The Architecture & Construction cluster includes careers in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining the built environment.
Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications
Does your student like to perform? Does your student love to use artistic creativity? The Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communication cluster includes careers in designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content, including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.
Business Management & Administration
Is your student entrepreneurial? Does your student like to plan and organize activities? The Business Management & Administration Career Cluster includes careers in planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions essential to effective and productive business operations.
Education & Training
Does your student enjoy teaching others? Is your student comfortable with public speaking? The Education & Training cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and providing education and training services and related learning support services, including administration and library services.
Does your student like to work with numbers? Does your student want to help people plan for their financial futures? The Finance cluster includes careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.
Government & Public Administration
Is your student interested in government and politics? Does the idea of protecting our country appeal to your student? The Government & Public Administration cluster includes careers in planning and providing government services at the federal, state, and local levels, including services related to national security, legislation, foreign service, revenue and taxation, and regulations.
Does your student enjoy helping people feel better? Would your student like working in a hospital or other medical facility? The Health Science cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnological research and development.
Hospitality & Tourism
Does your student want to help other people enjoy their leisure time? Would your student like to work in a hotel or in a restaurant? The Hospitality & Tourism cluster includes careers in the management, marketing, and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events, and travel-related services.
Does your student like to help families solve problems? Would your student like to connect people with the assistance they need? The Human Services cluster includes careers that provide family and individual services such as counseling and mental health, personal care, and consumer advice.
Does your student like technology? Does your student enjoy working with computer hardware, software, multimedia, or network systems? The Information Technology cluster includes careers related to the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, Internet, multimedia, and systems integration services.
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Does your student like to help protect other people's safety? Does your student want to help enforce the law? The Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, corrections, protective services, and homeland security, including professional and technical support.
Does your student like to design and make things? Is your student comfortable working with machines? The Manufacturing cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities, such as production planning and control, maintenance, and manufacturing/process engineering.
Does your student like to sell products or services? Is your student friendly and outgoing? The Marketing cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and performing. marketing activities to reach organizational objectives.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Does your student like science or math? Does your student enjoy solving problems? The Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics cluster includes occupations and careers in planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering), including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Would your student like to fly planes, drive trucks, or pilot ships? Does the idea of fixing these vehicles appeal to your student? The Transportation, Distribution & Logistics cluster includes careers in planning and managing the movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water. Professional support services like logistics services and mobile equipment and facility maintenance are also part of this cluster.
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