Ohio’s career technical education system is based on 16 career fields that balance broad-based, career technical education and specialized training necessary for employment success, further study and adaptation to a changing economy.  Broad and specialized technical content standards frame curriculum, instruction, assessment and program design.

Career Pathways

A career pathway is a series of academic and technical career-focused coursework and other educational learning experiences leading to a career specialty and employment. Pathways facilitate a seamless transition from high school to postsecondary education—including apprenticeships, adult education, two and four-year colleges and graduate school. A pathway also leads from postsecondary education to the workplace.

To effectively facilitate the transition from secondary to postsecondary education and a career, high school career pathways should encompass:

  • Challenging technical coursework in a chosen career field based on career field technical content standards
  • Rigorous academics that meet Ohio academic content standards and grade-level expectations
  • Electives that relate to career objectives
  • Instructional enhancements such as experiential and authentic learning opportunities such as work-based learning, mentorships, internships and career technical student organization participation
  • Opportunities for program and student certification and licensure
  • Preparation for transition to further study that includes college readiness and opportunity to earn college credit while in high school
  • Preparation for transition to employment with advancement opportunities
  • Performance targets that include high school academic and technical testing/exit and postsecondary entry/placement requirements