• Explore and learn about viable career paths for our region.
  • Hear from real employees on the exciting opportunities with local employers.
  • Learn about career outlooks
  • Understand the training and skills required for the job

Career and Technical Education

Graduates today are entering a highly competitive workforce based on a global knowledge and information economy. To be career and college ready, graduates need to be able to integrate and apply 21st century skills, technical knowledge and skills, and core academic knowledge. With an emphasis on real world, real life skills, career and technical education connects students to academics and training that will help them be successful in the future.

Virginia Career Works – Blue Ridge Region Career Pathways

Parents, Educators and Students can use Career Clusters to investigate a wide range of career choices. Clusters make it easier for students to understand the relevance of their required courses and help them select their elective courses more wisely. As an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction, Career Clusters provide the essential knowledge and skills for the 16 Career Clusters and their Career Pathways. It also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and post-secondary curriculum and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps students discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career.