To answer the call from the federal government to further improve Career and Technical Education, Illinois followed suit in creating a system of aligned, non-duplicative programs that support student transitions from one level to the next. To help facilitate this effort, Illinois has adopted the national Career Cluster Framework to assist in our efforts.
The framework of Career Clusters, Career Pathways, and Programs of Study organizes educational preparation and occupational choices into a unified concept. By combining rigorous academics with career and technical education, students have a clear path to their future. It provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality CTE programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study. In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career.
For more information on each individual Career Cluster, click on the icons below.