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Career Clusters ~ Focusing Education on the Future


Elkhorn High School is proud to utilize Career Clusters in our College and Career Planning Guide.  Staff have researched Career Clusters and identified pathways that are currently offered at Elkhorn.  To date 13 plans of studies have been developed and verified with two and four year colleges.  Staff is currently working on additional plans of studies as our curriculum expands.

The Concept of Career Clusters

Career Clusters started in the U.S. Department of Education with many partners from education, business, industry and government. The 16 clusters represent groupings of occupations and industries that represent the world of work. They created the clusters based on common knowledge and skills.

Career Clusters have been embraced nationally at the secondary and post-secondary level. (The Department of Public Instruction has continued to work with high schools and is continuously improving strategies for Wisconsin schools). More information on career clusters can be found at www.wicareerpathways.org.

Why Career Clusters?

Career Clusters prepare students for the information age as schools, colleges, and employers are striving for higher achievement in science, math and communication for their 21st century workforce. One key to improving student achievement is providing students with relevant contexts for studying and learning. Career Clusters offer a context by linking school-based learning with the knowledge and skills required for continued success from high school to work or post-secondary education.

Students may use Career Clusters to investigate a wide range of career choices. The Career Cluster approach makes it easier for students to understand the relevance of their required courses and helps them select their elective courses more wisely.

More Relevant

Sometimes students struggle to find the relevance that coursework will have on their future. To often students graduate unprepared for challenging careers and the rigors of continued learning. Elkhorn Area High School promotes student success by relating students’ educational experiences to their future goals and aspirations. Seeing the relevance of education, more students may reach high levels of performance, thus closing the achievement gaps.

Resources

Career Clusters ~ www.careercluster.org
Labor Market Information ~ http://worknet.wisconsin.gov/worknet/