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Our robust Career Pathways program provides all District 214 students with rigorous academic courses, access to early college credits and industry certifications, and personalized and career-specific learning experiences.

The program not only gives our students the academic skills to make them college and career ready but also instills grit, perseverance and resiliency so they can tackle and achieve their goals.

This nationally unique program gives students exposure to coursework directly related to a future career that can lead to an industry credential, allowing them to be immediately employable upon graduation.

Our program also guarantees that students who choose one of the 16 Career Clusters in the program receive hands-on workplace learning experiences, such as internships, that enable them to explore their career interests while still in high school.

All the components in our Career Pathways program are in line with the national Redefining Ready! campaign, a multimetric approach that measures whether students are college ready, career ready and life ready.

You can learn more about our Career Pathways program in our Discover D214 Magazine, our Career Pathways booklet and our 214 Ready Blog, which provide more detailed information about the 43 career pathways we currently have, an academic roadmap and highlight various student success stories.

We are currently working on developing our next career pathway – aviation. This new dual credit partnership with Lewis University will allow students to begin earning an associate's degree and industry-supported aviation maintenance certificate while still in high school.

The partnership, which will officially begin in the 2018-19 academic year, will give students the opportunity to complete their associate's degree within 18 months of high school graduation. With several airports in the region, individuals with the aviation maintenance certificate, considered the gold standard by the FAA, are in high demand.

16 Career Clusters in High School District 214

The Career Clusters and related Career Pathways serve as an organizing tool for schools, small learning communities, academies and magnet schools to develop more effective programs of study and curriculum.

The National Career Clusters® Framework comprises 16 Career Clusters and related Career Pathways to help students explore different career options and better prepare for college and career.

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law Enforcement Services/Corrections Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

The Career Pathways Booklet provides an academic roadmap for students to select courses aligned in the 16 Career Clusters.  Students have the opportunity to earn dual-credit and certifications and participate through workplace learning experiences such as internships.