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A Career Pathway is a series of articulated educational and training programs and services that enables students, often while they are working, to advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in a given industry or occupational sector.   Each step on a career pathway is designed explicitly to develop a student's core academic, technical and employability skills while providing  them with continuous education and training which will fill the need for more highly trained and skilled workers.

16 Career Clusters link to 70+ more specific Career Pathways – each having  their own knowledge and skills requirements.  Within the 70+ career pathways, 1800 Career Specialties are identified. 

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Automotive Technology
Diesel Technology
Electrical Technology
Health Sciences
Machine Tool
Metal Fabrication

The primary purpose of an area technology center (ATC)  is to serve high school students by enhancing and expanding student career options that lead to continuation of education at the post-secondary level and/or successful employment upon graduation from high school. Students receive instruction in sound academic principles, theory, laboratory and clinical experiences to ensure they can compete successfully in today's changing workplace.

"Career Pathways" is a workforce development strategy to support workers’ transitions from education into and through the workforce with a focus on high-demand, high-opportunity jobs.   A career pathways initiative consists of a partnership among community colleges, primary and secondary schools, workforce and economic development agencies, employers, labor groups and social service providers.