Recently, your middle school student was engaged in taking an interest inventory survey from an online product called Career Cruising. This interest inventory survey includes a series of questions to which the student responds indicating personal likes and dislikes to various kinds of activities. Student interests are then translated into potentially compatible career areas or clusters on an individual student results page. These career clusters are reported on the student page in order from highest interest to least interest. The career clusters are as follows: Agriculture, Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation, Science and Mathematics, Arts and Humanities, Communications, Business and Marketing, Information Technology, Education, Human Services, Social Sciences, Public Services, and Health.
A more detailed look at career clusters identified by the Kentucky Department of Education can be found at http://www.education.ky.gov/KDE/Instructional+Resources/Career+and+Technical+Education/Career+Clusters/. A career cluster is a grouping of occupations according to common knowledge and skills for organizing educational programs and curricula. The exploration of potentially satisfying occupations provides each student information regarding multiple career options. Students need to understand that most people have several satisfying career choices.
On each high school’s website, you will find a general outline of high school courses and college opportunities to guide both parents and students. The high school websites can be easily accessed through our district website at http://www.kenton.kyschools.us. Please visit this page on our district website and select a high school to view school specific information. These websites are designed to guide students and parents as they develop and modify an education plan to help meet requirements for graduation and prepare students for postsecondary education and the work place.
Even though all three high schools offer basically the same type of curriculum, there are some unique programs and courses that are school specific. A sequence of courses leading to employment in an occupational field and/or further education is referred to as a career pathway. Samples of career pathways developed at the state level can be accessed at http://www.education.ky.gov/KDE/ . Each high school website provides an outline of suggested courses for students to consider.