What is a Career Cluster?

A Career Cluster is a group of jobs and industries that are related by skills or products. Within each Career Cluster there are a collection of courses and training opportunities that prepare students for several career opportunities. For example: If my chosen Career Cluster is Health Science my potential career options may include: doctor, nurse, veterinarian, dentist, lab technician, physical therapist, athletic trainer & more.


There are 16 total nationally recognized Career Clusters (sometimes referred to as a pathway) established at the national level that are recognizable across the United States in middle schools, high schools, community and technical colleges, and the workforce.


Kelso High School Career Cluster Offerings

At Kelso High School, the 16 national pathways have been combined into 6 Career Clusters more closely aligned with current course offerings. Students are encouraged to revise their High School and Beyond Plan each year with a selected Career Cluster. Students are encouraged to selected their courses as align to their selected Career Cluster.

Agriculture/Natural Resources


         Food and Natural Resources

A/V-Tech, Fine Arts, Communications


          A/V Technology and Communications

Health Science, Public Safety, Government/Law

         Health Science

         Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

         Government and Public Administration

Business, Information Tech, Finance

        Business, Management and Administration

          Information Technology



STEM, Transportation, Manufacturing

         Science Technology Engineering and Math

         Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

         Architecture and Construction


Human Services, Hospitality, Education

          Human Services

          Hospitality and Tourism

          Education and Training 

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