Career Pathways/Programs

What are Career Pathways/Programs?

A career pathway is a series of structured and aligned educational experiences designed to equip students with occupational exposure and the skill set necessary to succeed in those occupations. Targeted job industries are divided into 17 state and nationally recognized career clusters with 13 clusters represented in Pasco County Schools. Within each cluster are specific career and technical programs which are aligned to current labor market demand. Students are afforded the opportunity to increase employment marketability through industry certifications and robust work-based learning experiences. Career cluster pathways along with included programs are described in detail and identified below.

How do I enroll in Career and Technical Education Programs?

Students who live within the attendance boundary of a school with a specific Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program may enroll in that program. Students who are interested in these programs at their zoned school should contact the school’s administration for information on enrollment. Students who live outside of the zone may apply through the Pasco Pathways School Choice application. Out of zone applicants will be reviewed for meeting applicable program criteria as well as required prerequisites for the grade level for which they are applying. All students meeting criteria are eligible for program entry consideration.  Preferences established in the Controlled Open Enrollment Plan will be followed when the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Students residing in the district will be given priority preference followed by students outside the district. Applicants are randomized and a lottery process determines student placement.  Students not placed during the lottery process are placed on a randomized waiting list. Students who accept their invitation to enroll from out of zone will not receive transportation services.

Pathways/Programs:

Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

This pathway allows the student to discover new ways of growing food or discovering better ways to use natural resources. This industry is a great career choice for those who like to work with the earth, animals or natural resources. All programs offer a sequence of courses that provides rigorous content to prepare for further education and careers in the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster.

District Programs:

  • Agriculture Communications: The content includes but is not limited to instruction in animal and plant production and processing; agriculture marketing; agricultural mechanics; employability skills; mathematics; basic science; biological sciences; communications; and human-relations skills. Location: *HHS, *ZHS, *PHS
  • Vet Assisting: The content includes but is not limited to broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the veterinary assisting industry: planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety and environmental issues. Location: PHS, HHS

Architecture & Construction

The Architecture and Construction Career Cluster prepares students for careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment. Examples of careers include drafters, electricians, construction managers and plumbers.

District Programs:

  • Electricity: This program focuses on broad, transferable skills, stresses the understanding of all aspects of the electricity industry, and demonstrates such elements of the industry as planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, and health, safety, and environmental issues. Location: *PHS, *WKTHS, *KRAI
  • Building Trades and Construction: This program prepares students for employment or advanced training in the building construction industry. *KRAI
  • HVAC: The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment or advanced training in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning/refrigeration (HVAC/R) industry. The student should obtain EPA certification prior to leaving school in order to be employed in any job that requires work with refrigerants. This program focuses on broad, transferable skills, stresses the understanding of the heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation industry and demonstrates elements of the industry such as planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, the underlying principles of technology, and health, safety and environmental issues. Location: *WKTHS

Arts, A/V Technology & Communication

The Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Career Cluster encompasses audio/video technology and film, journalism and broadcasting, performing arts, printing technology, telecommunications, and visual arts. Students prepare for these careers by designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design.

District Programs:

  • Digital Cinema Production: The content includes communication skills, leadership skills, human relations and employability skills, safe and efficient work practices, and preparation to assume responsibility for overall production of digital video activities including: scripts, lighting, camera operation, electronic news gathering, field/studio production, and video editing. Location: *JWMHS, *WKTHS
  • Digital Media/Multimedia Design: The content includes practical experiences in webpage design and interactive presentation development, testing and production. Specialized skills in multimedia presentations such as video editing, audio features, and simple animation and authoring software are used to produce a variety of interactive multimedia presentations. Location: *RRHS, *SLHS
  • Digital Video Technology: The purpose of this program is to prepare students for initial employment as production assistants, audio/video equipment technician, video/TV camera operators, video editors, multimedia artists/animators and broadcast technicians. JWMHS, *WCHS
  • Digital Design: The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment in the Digital Design industry as Information Technology Assistants, Production Assistants, Digital Assistant Designers, Graphic Designers, and Multimedia Designers. HHS, JWMHS, LOLHS
  • Commercial Art Technology: This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and the relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Arts, A/V Technology and Communication career cluster. The content includes, but is not limited to, basic art skills, lettering skills, preparation of layouts and illustrations, preparation of camera-ready paste-up, and development of specialized skills. Location: *WKTHS

Business Management & Administration

The Business Management and Administration Career Cluster programs prepare students for careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Career opportunities in this cluster are available in every sector of the economy and require specific skills in organization, time management, customer service and communication.

District Programs:

  • Accounting Applications: The content includes double-entry accounting principles; methods of recording business transactions; preparation and analysis of various documents and financial statements; payroll records and tax forms; accounting control systems; account and transaction analysis; inventory methods; the aging process; depreciation; and the application of accounting principles to various entities. Location: *SLHS
  • Business Management and Analysis: The content includes communication skills, forms of business ownership and organizational structures, supervisory/management functions and skills, accounting concepts and practices, business law concepts, leadership skills, business ethics, governmental regulations, human resources and management issues, financial and data analysis, database development and queries, and career development. Location: *PHS, *JWMHS, *RRHS, *CCHS, *ZHS, LOLHS, WRHS
  • Promotional Enterprise: The content includes but enhanced practical experiences in management of digital layout and design, production of embroidered apparel, direct to garment print, sublimation, specialty items and signs as it relates to the running and management of a digital imprinted merchandise business. Development of specialized skills in production planning, design, layout, and evaluation of business promotional campaigns in the digital imprinted merchandise industry are critical components within the program. Location: *AHS

Education & Training

The Education and Training Career Cluster programs offer students educational opportunities, training services, and related learning support with an emphasis on improving public education services.

District Programs:

  • Early Childhood Education: The content includes but is not limited to competencies related to the following elements of the early childhood education industry: planning, management, finance, technical and production skills; underlying principles of technology; labor, community, health, safety, and environmental issues; and developmentally appropriate practices for children birth through age eight. Location: *GHS, RRHS, LOLHS

Engineering & Technology Education

The Engineering & Technology Education Career Cluster prepares students for careers as engineers and technologists through the introduction of certain processes in mathematics, science and technology. Students learn how to apply mathematics, science and technology concepts to solve problems quantitatively in engineering projects involving design, development or production in various technologies.

District Programs:

  • Aerospace Technologies: The purpose of this program is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and technically oriented experiences in the study of Aerospace Technologies, its effect upon our lives, and the choosing of an occupation. The content and activities will also include the study of safety and leadership skills. This program focuses on transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the technological tools, machines, instruments, materials, processes and systems in business and industry. Location: *SLHS
  • Applied Robotics: The purpose of this program is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and technically oriented experiences in the study of the principles and applications of robotics engineering and its effect upon our lives and the choosing of an occupation. The content and activities will also include the study of entrepreneurship, safety, and leadership skills. This program focuses on transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the science and mathematics knowledge, technological tools, machines, instruments, materials, processes and systems related to robotics. Location: *SLHS, *WKTHS, *KRAI
  • Engineering Pathways: The purpose of this program is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and technically oriented experiences in the study of the applications of engineering and its effect upon our lives and the choosing of an occupation. The content and activities will also include the study of entrepreneurship, safety, and leadership skills. This program focuses on transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the technological tools, machines, instruments, materials, processes and systems in business and industry. Location: *RRHS, *CCHS, *KRAI

Health Science

The Health Science Career Cluster is divided into five pathways: Therapeutic Services, Diagnostic Services, Health Informatics, Support Services, and Biotechnology Research & Development. These programs prepare students for work in the fast- growing health care field in Tampa Bay and beyond. Students who complete these programs are work ready and can also pursue post-secondary education in medical fields such as nursing, medicine, biomedical technology, pharmacy, physical therapy, medical office management, medical billing and coding and others.

District Programs:

  • Allied Health Assistant: The content includes performing skills representative of one to three areas of allied health care in the laboratory and clinical settings. Major areas of allied health are defined as physical therapy, emergency, radiation, laboratory and respiratory medicine, and occupational therapy. Other areas of health, medicine, dentistry, or veterinary may be included, with instructor provided competencies. Clinical experiences are activities performed in the clinical setting under the supervision of a health professional duly certified/licensed in the selected occupational fields. Students who complete this program will be eligible for certification as Certified Medical Administrative Assistants and will be ready to work in medical and clinical office settings. Location: JWMHS
  • Nurse Assistant: This program is designed to prepare students for employment as nursing assistants in nursing homes, hospitals, or other health care facilities. The content includes interpersonal skills, medical terminology, legal and ethical responsibilities, safe and efficient work, gerontology, nutrition, pet-facilitated therapy, health and safety including Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – heart saver level, and employability skills. Students who complete this course of study are eligible to sit for the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant licensing exam and once licensed, will be ready to work in a variety of clinical and medical settings including hospitals and long- term care facilities. Location: *SLHS, JWMHS, *ZHS, *PHS, WRHS, *GHS
  • Pharmacy Technician: The program is designed to prepare students for employment as pharmacy technicians. The content includes the metric system, medical terminology, medicinal drugs, pharmaceutical compounding, USP 795 standards, sterile techniques, USP 797 and UPS 800 standards, maintenance of inventory, IV preparation, receiving and handling of hazardous materials, preparing purchase orders, receiving and checking supplies purchased, printing labels, typing prescription labels, delivering medications, pricing prescription drug orders and supplies, prepackaging unit dose packages, patient record systems, control records and data processing automation in pharmacy. Students who complete this program are eligible to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam and will be ready to work in pharmacies and hospitals as pharmacy technicians. Location: *WKTHS
  • Patient Care Technician: This program is designed to prepare students for employment as advanced cross trained nursing assistants (patient care technicians), Health Technologists and Technicians, Health Care Technicians, Patient Care Assistants, Nursing Aides and Orderlies (66008439), Home Health Aides (66011456), or Allied Health Assistants.  This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills, expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant, for both acute and long-term care settings. *KRAI
  • Electrocardiograph Technician: The program is designed to prepare students for employment as EKG Technicians. The content includes planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues. Clinical learning experiences are an integral part of this program. Students who complete this program will be eligble to sit for the Certified Electrocardiograph Technician exam and will be ready to work in clinical and medical settings. Location: *WKTHS
  • Biomedical Sciences: The purpose of this program is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and technically oriented experiences in the study and applications of biomedical sciences and the possibilities in the biomedical field. The content includes the study of human body systems, medicine, health, key biological concepts, communication, transport of substances, locomotion, metabolic processes, defense, protection, research processes, engineering principles and an introduction to bio-informatics. The program also includes the design and development of various medical interventions, including vascular stents, cochlear implants, and prosthetic limbs. In addition, students review the history of organ transplants and gene therapy, and stay updated on cutting-edge developments via current scientific literature. Students who complete this program will be eligible to sit for the Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing exam and will be ready to work in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and bio-agricultural settings. Location: *WKTHS, *KRAI

Hospitality & Tourism

The Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster programs offer students educational opportunities, training services, and related learning support with an emphasis on improving education services. The pathways in this cluster include restaurant and food/beverage services; lodging; travel, tourism & recreation; and amusements & attraction.

District Programs:

  • Culinary Arts: This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Hospitality & Tourism field. Such careers include Food Preparation Workers, Cooks, and Food Service Managers. Location: *FHS, *LOLHS, WKTHS, *AHS, *WRHS

Human Services

The Human Services career cluster is divided into three pathways: counseling and mental health services; family and community services; and consumer services.

District Programs:

  • Cosmetology: A student completing the Cosmetology program is prepared for employment as a licensed Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists. Instruction is designed to qualify students for employment upon successfully obtaining a Cosmetology license. The content includes Florida cosmetology law and rules; acquisition of knowledge of the cosmetology/nails specialist/facial specialist and the related chemistry; bacteriology, anatomy and physiology; art of make-up; and development of skill in performing the manipulative and electrical techniques required in the practice of cosmetology/nails specialist and facials specialist occupations. Location: *WKTHS

Information Technology

Information technology (IT) is the study of design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware. Information technology deals with the use of computers and computer software to convert, store, protect, process, transmit and securely retrieve information.

District Programs:

  • Gaming: The content includes practical experiences in game/simulation conceptualization, design, storyboarding, development methodologies, 2D/3D animation design and production, and implementation issues. Specialized skills involving graphic animation software are used to produce a variety of two and three-dimensional components. Location: *GHS
  • Computer Systems & Information Technology: The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment or advanced training in a variety of occupations in the information technology industry. This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the information technology industry: technical and product skills, underlying principles of technology, planning, management, finance, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues. Location: *WKTHS
  • Cybersecurity: The content includes foundational knowledge and skills in computer and network security, security vulnerabilities, attack mechanisms and techniques, intrusion detection and prevention, cryptographic systems, system hardening, risk identification, incidence response, penetration testing, key management, access control, and recovery. Specialized courses focus on database security, planning and analysis, software, and web security. Location: *WKTHS

Law, Public Safety & Security

The Law, Public Safety and Security Career Cluster is divided into five pathways: corrections; emergency and fire management; law enforcement; legal; and security protection. Students in these programs are preparing to plan, manage and provide legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

District Programs:

  • Criminal Justice: This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Law, Public Safety and Security career cluster. Location: *ZHS, *CCHS, *FHS
  • Fire Fighting: The introduction to firefighting program content includes, but is not limited to, orientation to the fire service, fire alarms and communication, vehicles, apparatus and equipment, fire behavior, portable extinguishers, fire streams, fundamentals of extinguishment, ladders, hoses, tools and equipment, forcible entry, salvage, overhaul, ventilation, rescue, protective breathing equipment, first responder emergency, medical techniques, water supplies, principles of in-service inspections, safety, controlled burning, and employability skills. Location: *FHS

Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Career Cluster incorporates six pathways: production; manufacturing production process development; maintenance, installation & repair; quality assurance; logistics & inventory control, and health, safety & environmental assurance. Students prepare for careers that require planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities.

District Programs:

  • Welding Technology: This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the manufacturing career cluster. The content includes planning, management, technical and product skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues. Location: *WKTHS, *KRAI
  • Advanced Manufacturing (AmSkills): The Tampa Bay Region has the largest concentration of manufacturers in the State of Florida with many high-paying jobs. The AmSkills Manufacturing Training & Apprenticeship program appeals to any student seeking an advanced college engineering degree. Students explore different career paths in the manufacturing industry in an effort to help find the right fit for them to launch a long-term career. The program includes many hands-on projects working with hand-tools, machining, electronics, hydraulics, robotics and many others. Tours to local manufacturers allows students to see for themselves the many career opportunities available. Upon graduation, AmSkills assists students to secure a college or industry apprenticeship at local companies. For more information, visit AmSkills.org. Location: AHS

Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

The Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster consists of planning, management, and movement of people, materials and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water. These programs also contain related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

District Programs:

  • Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair: The content includes broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the Automotive industry; planning, management, finance, technical and product skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues. Location: *WKTHS, *WCHS, *KRAI
  • Diesel Maintenance Technology: This program offers a sequence of courses leading to technical skills to inspect, repair and overhaul any vehicle with a diesel engine. *KRAI
  • Outboard Marine Service Technology: The content includes but is not limited to the following: service, repair and overhaul of four-stroke and two-stroke cycle engines and outboard motors; and service and repair of boating accessories. With regard to the above, course content will include electrical systems, fuel systems, power transfer systems, ignition systems, cooling systems, lubrication systems, drive systems and boat and trailer rigging. Location: *WKTHS

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Schools

Middle:

Bayonet Point Middle School

Centennial Middle School

Charles S. Rushe Middle School

Crews Lake Middle School

Cypress Creek Middle School

Dr. John Long Middle School

Hudson Middle School

Pasco Middle School

Pine View Middle School

R.B. Stewart Middle School

River Ridge Middle School

Seven Springs Middle School

Thomas E. Weightman Middle School

High:

Anclote High School

Cypress Creek High School

Fivay High School

Gulf High School

Hudson High School

Kirkland Ranch Academy of Innovation

Land O’ Lakes High School

J.W. Mitchell High School

Pasco High School

River Ridge High School

Sunlake High School

Wendell Krinn Technical High School

Wesley Chapel High School

Wiregrass Ranch High School

Zephyrhills High School