Pathway Sectors

Pathway Sector Description

Pathway Sector Description

Career and Technical Education gives students opportunities to figure out what they are passionate about and want to do - and not do - after high school. Students explore a range of career options based on what they love to do and do well. CTE helps build confidence and leadership skills to meet their goals in and out of the classroom. Courses in Career and Technical Education are designed to contribute to the broad educational achievement of students, including basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as their ability to work independently and as part of a team, think creatively, solve problems, and utilize technology. CTE courses are provided through seven pathway sectors.

Agricultural Education

Agricultural Education

Agricultural education provides systematic instruction to students in the areas of agriculture, food and natural resources. Through these subjects, agricultural educators teach students a wide variety of skills, including science, math, communications, leadership, management and technology. Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.
 
Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components.
•    Classroom/Laboratory instruction 
•    Supervised Agricultural Experience programs 
•    Leadership Development 

Students may pursue the following career pathways: 
•    Animal Systems
•    Equine Science
•    Natural Resources Systems
•    Plant Systems
•    Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
•    Sustainable Agriculture Production

FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for more than 255 careers in agriculture. FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, giving them the tools to achieve real-world success. Members are future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and premier professionals in many career fields. FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership.

Moodle-based Professional Learning Communities

Career and Technical Education sponsors Moodle-based Professional Learning Communities for teachers and other educators. These PLCs provide a place where staff members can access curriculum documents, share ideas and questions about their jobs, and get information directly from CTE consultants. All CTE teachers and support personnel should subscribe to their Pathway Sector PLC. Other PLCs are also available for teachers of particular courses and people with special interests.

FFA

The FFA is a national organization of Agricultural Education students. The organization changed its name in 1988 from Future Farmers of America to the National FFA Organization to reflect its evolution in response to expanded agricultural opportunities encompassing science, business, and technology in addition to production agriculture. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA is a diverse organization, operating in rural, urban, and suburban schools. Students aged 12-21 enrolled in agricultural education programs are eligible for membership. Nationally, there are 669,989 members in 8,630 chapters. Members can be found in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

North Carolina Agricultural Education Staff

For more information on FFA opportunities, visit:

North Carolina FFA

National FFA 

Business, Finance, and Marketing Education

Business, Finance, and Marketing Education

Business, Finance, and Marketing (BFM) provides students with meaningful instruction for and about business. Instruction in Business, Finance and Marketing Education encompasses business skills and techniques, an understanding of basic economics, an understanding of making socioeconomic decisions and producing goods and services to consumption, and business attitudes essential to become a globally engaged and productive citizen. BFM plays a key role in preparing a competent, business-literate, and skilled workforce. The associated curricula have real-life relevance that empowers and helps young adults to compete in a global marketplace while managing their own financial affairs and making intelligent consumer and business-related choices. 

Students may pursue the following career pathways:

  • Accounting 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Financial Planning
  • General Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Project Management 
  • Sales (SY20-21)
  • Sports & Entertainment Marketing
  • Travel & Tourism

Moodle Based Professional Learning Communities

Career and Technical Education sponsors Moodle-based Professional Learning Communities for teachers and other educators. These PLCs provide a place where staff members can access curriculum documents, share ideas and questions about their jobs, and get information directly from CTE consultants. All CTE teachers and support personnel should subscribe to their Pathway Sector PLC. Other PLCs are also available for teachers of particular courses and people with special interests.

Links

Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education
For teachers, instructors, youth leaders, program developers and others who help students of all ages find their own entrepreneurial opportunities.

MBA Research and Curriculum Center
Not-for-profit, research-based support for all Business Administration educators: entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing.

National Business Education Association
The National Business Education Association (NBEA) is the nation's leading professional organization devoted exclusively to serving individuals and groups engaged in instruction, administration, research, and dissemination of information for and about business. NBEA is the leading association devoted to the recognition that business education competencies are essential for all individuals in today's fast-changing society.

North Carolina Council for Economics Education (NCCEE)
To enhance and advance economic and financial education for North Carolina's educators and students.

North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS)
Provides students with expanded academic options by offering online courses (AP, Honors, World Languages, etc.), online services such as test preparation, career planning services, credit recovery, and Occupational Course of Study (OCS) courses to North Carolina students.

Social Media

Twitter: @ctencmee

FBLA-PBL

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) education association with a quarter-million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four divisions:

  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students
  • FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school students
  • Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for postsecondary students
  • Professional Division for business people, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association

FBLA-PBL is organized on local, state, and national levels. Business teachers, advisors, and advisory councils (including school officials, business people, and community representatives) guide local chapters. State advisers and committee members coordinate chapter activities for the national organization. FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world. 

NC FBLA State Adviser - Mary Jane Thomas

For more information on FBLA opportunities, visit:
FBLA-PBL
NC FBLA

DECA

DECA is an international organization available to all high school students who are currently enrolled in Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education courses. Through activities at the local, state and national level DECA members have the opportunity to enhance their working knowledge of vocational understanding, community service, leadership development, and social intelligence.

Since its conception, DECA has developed a competitive events program for students to compete against peers for recognition of skills necessary for marketing careers. DECA Competitive Events parallel Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education curricula and industry-validated competencies. Participants compete in written papers, test, and role-playing events that simulate actual business situations. They are judged by business people in the specific occupational area. The events are held in the major career clusters of:

  • Business Administration & Management
  • Finance
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Sales & Service
  • Entrepreneurship

NCDECA State Advisor - Pam O'Brien

For more information on DECA opportunities visit:
NC DECA
DECA

NC BFM State Staff

Gail McDougal
Ashleigh Wagoner

 

Career Development Education

Career Development Education

Career Development curriculum provides the foundation to prepare students for careers and education in the 21st century; it is designed to introduce students to the opportunity to understand and make connections between their interests, attitudes, values, personality, learning styles, skills, and career choices. Students understand the lifelong, sequential process of determining self and career identity.
 
Middle school and high school career development curriculum includes competencies in self-assessment, matching interests to career choices, exploring the world of work, career research, education and career awareness, and career exploration; evaluation of career information and creation of a career plan. NC Career Development curriculum is the foundation for NC Career and Technical Education and Pathways.
 
Student participation in Career and Technical Student Organization, (CTSO) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities additionally provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.
 
Opportunities for leadership development, critical and creative thinking, decision-making, problem-solving, teamwork, technology, and work-based learning are provided. The NC Career Development curriculum is based on the National Career Development Guidelines and National Standards for School Counseling Programs, endorsed by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

Moodle-based Professional Learning Community

Career and Technical Education sponsors Moodle-based Professional Learning Communities for teachers and other educators. These PLCs provide a place where staff members can access curriculum documents, share ideas and questions about their jobs, and get information directly from CTE consultants. All CTE teachers and support personnel should subscribe to their Pathway Sector PLC. Other PLCs are also available for teachers of particular courses and people with special interests.

Links

NC CDC Education State Staff

Amy Schroeder

 

 

Computer Science and Information Technology Education

Computer Science and Information Technology Education

Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) is focused on building linkages in information technology occupations for entry level, technical and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. Students will demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in data representation and abstraction; effectively design, develop, and test algorithms; demonstrate knowledge of digital devices, systems and networks; and demonstrate an understanding of the role computer science plays and its impact in the modern world. The program works in coordination with the Computer Science Division.

Students may pursue the following career pathways:

  • Adobe Academy
  • AP Computer Science 
  • Cisco Network Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Digital Design and Animation 
  • Game Art Design 
  • Network Administration
  • Network Security
  • Python Programming
  • SAS Programming

Moodle-Based Professional Learning Community

Career and Technical Education sponsors Moodle-based Professional Learning Communities for teachers and other educators. These PLCs provide a place where staff members can access curriculum documents, share ideas and questions about their jobs, and get information directly from CTE consultants. All CTE teachers and support personnel should subscribe to their Pathway Sector PLC. Other PLCs are also available for teachers of particular courses and people with special interests.

Students may pursue more than one intracurricular CTSO.

FBLA

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. FBLA programs focus on leadership development, which includes essential soft skills; academic competitions; educational programs in which members create career portfolios, enhancing their knowledge with world-recognized skills certifications, and have access to select college scholarships. FBLA programs also place a strong emphasis on community service through support of the March of Dimes to help end premature births. Finally, FBLA members can build a portfolio of accomplishments with a wide range of awards programs with regional, state and national recognition.

NC FBLA State Adviser - Mary Jane Thomas

For more information on FBLA opportunities, visit:
FBLA-PBL
NC FBLA

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is the premier student leadership organization in the country with over 300,000 members nationwide. SkillsUSA-NC offers many activities to enrich our students, advisors, and professional members throughout the year. The activities include professional and leadership development conferences, competitions that measure both technical and employability skills, and opportunities for scholarships, employment, networking and competitive skills and leadership events are held for regional, state, national, and international levels.

Skills USA Interim Executive Director, Paul Heidepriem

For more information on SkillsUSA opportunities, visit:
SkillsUSA — North Carolina 
SkillsUSA — National 

TSA

North Carolina Technology Student Association (NC TSA) is an essential element of the state's Technology Education Program. This student organization provides the opportunity for students to engage in activities directly reflecting the curriculum. Along with learning collaboration and leadership skills, students can engage in student-centered, complex tasks that are authentic and developed over an extended period. Beyond the powerful influence of the activities, participation in the NC-TSA helps transform one's program by affording both the teacher and his or her students the opportunity to learn from others by attending regional, state, and national conferences.

NC TSA State Advisor - Dr. Jerianne Taylor

For more information on TSA opportunities, visit:

NC Technology Student Association
National Technology Student Association

Social Media

Twitter: @NCCSIT

NC CSIT Education State Staff

Linda Lay
Karen McPherson

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) provides the bridge needed by all students to deal with major societal issues such as work-and-family, health care, child and elder care, family and community violence and crime, global economics and politics, and technology usage. FCS Education is a catalyst to bring these issues into action-oriented, skill-building educational programs. The North Carolina FCS Education program provides a platform for students to transition into adult life by gaining a strong foundation of the knowledge and skills needed for successfully living and working in a diverse, global society. Students develop personal effectiveness and industry-relevant technical skills as they explore and pursue career pathways aligned to the FCS Body of Knowledge and Family and Consumer Sciences National Standards 3.0.

Students may pursue the following career pathways:

  • Apparel and Textile Production
  • Counseling and Mental Health (SY20-21)
  • Culinary Arts Applications
  • Culinary Arts Internship
  • Early Childhood Development and Services
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Food Products and Processing Systems
  • Interior Design
  • Teaching/Training

Moodle-Based Professional Learning Community

Career and Technical Education sponsors Moodle-based Professional Learning Communities for teachers and other educators. These PLCs provide a place where staff members can access curriculum documents, share ideas and questions about their jobs, and get information directly from CTE consultants. All CTE teachers and support personnel should subscribe to their Pathway Sector PLC. Other PLCs are also available for teachers of particular courses and people with special interests.

Future Teachers of North Carolina (FTNC) Program

Through a partnership with the University of North Carolina General Administration (UNC GA) we are pleased to join initiatives to address the teacher shortage in North Carolina through the education pathway in Career & Technical Education (CTE). The FTNC program equips high school students with the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes needed for success as a K-12 teacher through rigorous coursework, field experiences, and portfolio development.

FCCLA

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is an integral component of a quality FCS Education program. FCCLA provides teacher-developed and student-tested project-based learning strategies and materials that shift the responsibility for achieving CTE and FCS program outcomes to students. Through intracurricular chapter programs and projects, students further their understanding of FCS standards.

For more information on FCCLA opportunities visit:
National FCCLA
State FCCLA

Links

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
AAFCS is the only professional association for family and consumer sciences (FCS) students and professionals from both multiple practice settings and content areas.

National Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NASAFACS)
The Family and Consumer Sciences National Standards 3.0 (NASAFACS 2018) continues the proud tradition of providing the framework for national, state, and local programs that prepare students for family life, work life, and careers in Family and Consumer Sciences by empowering individuals and families across the life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society.

NC State Extension
NC State Extension helps create prosperity for North Carolina through programs and partnerships focused on agriculture and food and health and nutrition.

Social Media

Twitter: @NCFCSEd

Say Yes to FCS in North Carolina

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Education is looking for enthusiastic, dedicated people to become middle and high school FCS teachers. You can make a difference in the lives of over 155,000 North Carolina Family and Consumer Sciences students. Contact the following universities to find out how you can earn a teaching degree or credential in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

For additional information, contact:

Appalachian State University
BS Degree in Career and Technical Education- Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Credentialing for Family and Consumer Sciences Provisional Teachers
Contact: 
Dr. Jerianne Taylor
Phone: 828-262-6352

East Carolina University
BS Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. 
2+ 2 online degree completer option for BS Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with credentialing for Family and Consumer Sciences Provisional Teachers through online courses 
Masters of Arts in Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Contact: 
Dr. Cheryl A. Johnson
Phone: 252-328-5754 

Meredith College
BS Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Credentialing for Family and Consumer Sciences Provisional Teachers

Contact: 
Dr. Eunyoung Yang
Phone: 919-760-8729

North Carolina A & T State University
Credentialing for Family and Consumer Sciences Provisional Teachers
Masters of Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Contact: 
Dr. Jane Walker
Phone: 336-285-3633

North Carolina Central University
Credentialing for Family and Consumer Sciences Provisional Teachers
Masters of Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Contact: 
Dr. Vicki Lamb
Phone: 919-530-6359

NC FCS Education State Staff

Robert Van Dyke
 

Health Science Education

Health Science Education

Health Science Education provides a comprehensive program to meet present and projected needs for the healthcare industry. Curriculum concepts incorporate technological advances to motivate students and prepare them to pursue a career as a future health professional. Emphasis is placed on the various domains of healthcare and related skills such as: employability skills, prevention (wellness), diagnostics, therapeutics, and rehabilitation. Students are encouraged to pursue work-based learning opportunities that include job shadowing, internships, and apprenticeships to support their areas of interest in healthcare.

Students may pursue the following career pathways:

  • Biomedical Technology
  • Healthcare Professional
  • PLTW Biotechnology Research and Development

Moodle-Based Professional Learning Communities

Career and Technical Education sponsors Moodle-based Professional Learning Communities for teachers and other educators. These PLCs provide a place where staff members can access curriculum documents, share ideas and questions about their jobs, and get information directly from CTE consultants. All CTE teachers and support personnel should subscribe to their Pathway Sector PLC. Other PLCs are also available for teachers of particular courses and people with special interests.

HOSA Future Health Professionals

HOSA Future Health Professionals is a career and technical student organization of, by, and for students who are or have been enrolled in a Health Science Education program, or are interested in, planning to pursue, or pursuing a career in the health professions. HOSA Future Health Professionals is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE. HOSA Future Health Professionals' two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA Future Health Professionals' goal is to encourage all health sciences instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSTE-HOSA Partnership. HOSA Future Health Professionals provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for students enrolled in Health Science programs. There are more than 50 competitive events in HOSA, including health science events, health professions events, emergency preparedness events, leadership events, teamwork events, recognition events, and other opportunities for recognition. Some events are available for students with Individual Education Plans.

HOSA Future Health Professionals includes a Middle School Division composed of students grades 6 through 8 interested in or planning to pursue a career in the health professions; a Secondary Division for students grades 9 through 12 who have been enrolled in a Health Science program or interested in, planning to pursue, or pursuing a career in the health professions; a Postsecondary Division for students enrolled in Health Science programs at the postsecondary/collegiate level; Professional Advisor to identify the person(s) responsible for advising students on health science activities; and Professional for healthcare professionals and other adult members of the community who wish to assist and support the program of activities.

Chapters are organized locally and must include an appointed advisor (preferably health science teacher.) Annual dues include chapter (dues determined by local chapter), district (dues determined by district), state ($10 annual dues required), and national ($10 annual dues required).

NC HOSA State Adviser - Katrina Coggins

For more information on FCCLA opportunities visit:
NC HOSA 
National HOSA 

Link

National Consortium for Health Science Education 
Provide leadership and professional development for Health Science Education through collaboration among education, healthcare industry, policymakers and professional organizations.

NC Health Science Education State Staff

Barbara Burt
Ashley Orr

Trade, Technology, Engineering, and Industrial Education

Trade, Technology, Engineering, and Industrial Education

Trade, Technology, Engineering, and Industrial Education (TTE&I) programs provide students with the skills and conceptual knowledge needed for careers in industry, engineering and design. Students can focus on industry certifications for careers immediately after graduation or develop skills and knowledge needed for higher level professional degrees in engineering and design fields. 

Students may pursue the following career pathways:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Automotive Services
  • Carpentry
  • Collision Repair
  • Drafting Architectural
  • Drafting Engineering
  • Drone Technology
  • Electrical Trades
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Firefighter Technology
  • HVAC/R
  • Law and Justice
  • Masonry
  • Metals Manufacturing
  • PLTW Engineering
  • Plumbing
  • Public Safety
  • Technology Engineering and Design    
  • Welding
  • Woodworking

Moodle-Based Professional Learning Communities

Career and Technical Education sponsors Moodle-based Professional Learning Communities for teachers and other educators. These PLCs provide a place where staff members can access curriculum documents, share ideas and questions about their jobs, and get information directly from CTE consultants. All CTE teachers and support personnel should subscribe to their Pathway Sector PLC. Other PLCs are also available for teachers of particular courses and people with special interests.

Students may pursue more than one intracurricular CTSO. 

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a national Career and Technical Student Organization serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers or further education in more than 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations areas. It is an integral part of the classroom and serves more than 360,000 members nationwide. Originally found as V.I.C.A. (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), SkillsUSA has been developing champions at work since 1965. SkillsUSA works as a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.   The organization improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.  We do this through a variety of local, state and national opportunities that include leadership development conferences, educational resources and curriculum for instructors, industry-driven competitive events, and local chapters activities that provide students with the opportunity to lead and grow in their schools and communities.

Skills USA Interim Executive Director, Paul Heidepriem

For more information on SkillsUSA opportunities, visit:
SkillsUSA — North Carolina 
SkillsUSA — National 

TSA

North Carolina Technology Student Association (NC TSA) is an essential element of the state's Technology Education Program. This student organization provides the opportunity for students to engage in activities directly reflecting the curriculum. Along with learning collaboration and leadership skills, students can engage in student-centered, complex tasks that are authentic and developed over an extended period. Beyond the powerful influence of the activities, participation in the NC-TSA helps transform one's program by affording both the teacher and his or her students the opportunity to learn from others by attending regional, state, and national conferences.

NC TSA State Advisor - Dr. Jerianne Taylor

For more information on TSA opportunities, visit:
NC Technology Student Association
National Technology Student Association

NC TTE&I Education State Staff

David Barbour
Brian Moye
Craig Pendergraft
Jim Pressly