CTE Career Cluster Plans of Study


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.

Plans of study provide successful student transitions between secondary and post-secondary education. The plan includes academic and career and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses. The plan leads to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the post-secondary level, or an associate or bachelor’s degree. It includes the opportunity for secondary education students to participate in dual or concurrent enrollment courses or other ways to acquire post-secondary education credits.

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) requires rigorous and comprehensive career pathway plans/programs of study to expand connections between secondary and post-secondary education.

2016-2017 Plan of Study:

Marketing – Merchandising