Career Fields & Pathways

Career Wheel

career wheel
The West Shore School District Personalized Academic and Career Education Roadmap (PACER) ensures that all students are considering their post-high school goals as they plan and select a sequence of rigorous interconnected courses and experiences upon entering high school.  We believe that engaging students in personalized plans of study and connecting them to pathway internships and/or experiences will make their high school education more relevant while also preparing them to make more informed post-high school decisions.

The West Shore School District will be utilizing six broad career fields in an effort to group careers into similar occupations and industries. These six fields are adapted from the U.S. Department of Education, which has 16 career clusters identified as a way to organize career planning for students. The District will continue to enhance its fields of study and will work in collaboration with business and industry and college partnerships for the future expansion of its programs.  

Career Fields
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Career Field Links

Programs of Study & Pathways

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Within the Districts’ six career fields, specific programs of study and career pathways are being designed. A program represents a grouping of occupations and broad industries into the national classification of sixteen (16) clusters that are based upon common knowledge and skills. These clusters or programs contain many occupations that are further grouped into pathways where individualized plans of study can be designed.
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Business, Management, & Administration
The sample plans of study on the following pages should serve as a guide, along with other career planning materials, as you continue your career path. Courses listed within this plan are only recommended coursework and should be individualized to meet each learner’s educational and career goals.
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