Career and Technical Education uses the Colorado Career Cluster Model to align CTE programs with industry competencies and pathways. Under each Career Cluster, you will find a Plan of Study. A Plan of Study serves as a guide for successfully completing a chosen career path. In Colorado, we have 6 pathways which are detailed below.
Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources & Energy
The Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources & Energy Career Cluster focuses on the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing and development of agricultural commodities and resources, including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture and other plant and animal products and resources. The Energy pathway focuses on careers in the production, distribution, processing and research of renewable and fossil energy resources and services.
Skilled Trades & Technical Sciences
This diverse Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment. People employed in this cluster work on new structures, restorations, additions, alterations and repairs.
STEM, Arts, Design & Information Technology
The Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Career Cluster focuses on careers in creating, designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing and publishing multimedia content, including visual and performing arts and design, journalism and entertainment services. The Information Technology Career Cluster focuses on careers in designing, supporting and managing hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration.
Business, Marketing & Public Administration
The Business, Management and Administration Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Business Management and Administration career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy. The Finance Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance and business financial management.
Health Science, Criminal Justice & Public Safety
This Health Science Career Cluster orients students to careers that promote health, wellness and diagnosis, as well as treat injuries and diseases. It also involves planning, managing and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services and biotechnology research and development.
Hospitality, Human Services and Education
The Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster encompasses the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreational events and travel-related services. The Education Career Cluster prepares individuals for employment in career pathways related to families and human needs.