Career Clusters and Pathways provide relevance and meaning to the
K-12 learning experience in Gloucester County Public Schools
Career Clusters help students investigate careers and design their courses of study
to advance their career goals.
For this reason, Virginia has adopted the nationally accepted structure
of career clusters, career pathways and sample career specialties or occupations.
A Career Cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries
based on commonalities. Within each career cluster, there are multiple career pathways
that represent a common set of skills and knowledge,
both academic and technical, necessary to pursue a full range of career opportunities
within that pathway – ranging from entry level to management,
including technical and professional career specialties.
Based on the skills sets taught, all CTE courses are aligned with
one or more career clusters and career pathways.
Career Pathways are the 79 career paths (occupations)
that you may take related to the Career Cluster you have chosen.