USA offers all high school students the Career
Pathways Curriculum, helping them recognize their interests and
strengths and identifying the career possibilities that rely on
those skills and interests.
The Career Pathways Curriculum encompasses six broad
groupings of careers that share similar characteristics and whose
employment requirements call for many common interests, strengths
and competencies. The desired outcomes of Career Preparation are
student achievement and ultimate success in a career(s) of choice.
Meeting the career-related needs of students calls for alignment
with career opportunities in authentic work settings. Career
Pathways provide a useful framework to aid both students and
educators in making those meaningful connections to the working
world. Six Career Pathways, while not specifically required as
presented, have been identified to cover all career opportunities
regardless of educational requirements:
Arts and Communications: careers
related to the humanities and the performing, visual, literary,
and media arts.
Business, Management, Marketing, and
Technology: careers related to all aspects of business
including accounting, business administration, finance, information
processing and marketing.
Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial
Technology: careers related to technologies necessary to
design, develop, install, or maintain physical systems.
Health Sciences: careers related to
the promotion of health as well as the treatment of injuries,
conditions, and disease.
Human Services: includes careers in
child care, civil service, education, hospitality, and the social
Natural Resources and Agri-Science:
careers related to natural resources, agriculture, and the
environment. Personal aptitudes and interests are important factors
as students begin to identify career opportunities. Career Pathways
give flexible identity and structure to the student career choice
process as well as to educational programs and services that
contribute to the career preparation of students. Even though
described as part of Career Development, the alignment provided
through Career Pathways influences all Career Preparation components
including those at the post high school level.
Career Pathways Standard and
education agency board of education or designee will have adopted
the six Career Pathways approved by the Michigan Department of Labor
& Economic Growth to provide the structure for making meaningful
connections between education and the world of work. Alternatives to
the six Career Pathways must assure that the number of Career
1) represent the entire spectrum of careers
available to students entering the workforce,
2) reflect the
full range of work requirements (entry level to highly
3) reflect the full range of educational
requirements (high school graduation to advanced degree).
The local board of
education or designee has adopted the six Career Pathways or an
equivalent alternative that meets the state standard.
Ensures that all school buildings within the
district utilize the Career Pathways concept adopted by the district
as evidenced by their curriculum plans/guides.
Ensures that all students will have opportunities to
learn about careers within all pathways as evidenced by curriculum
Ensures that the Career Pathways are used as a
a) organizing career contextual
teaching/learning experiences as evidenced in curriculum plans
used by staff.
b) providing systematic career
planning and preparation as evidenced by Career Pathway use in the
district's counseling and guidance program, Education Development
Plans, career awareness/exploration activities, and work-
c) aligning high school
courses into the chosen Career Pathways to reflect which courses
are needed for preparing for careers as evidenced in documents
such as student handbooks and course selection guides.
Source: Michigan Department of Labor &