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Career & Technical Education: Learning That Works for New Jersey

Career Clusters

The New Jersey Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE) has adopted the National Career Clusters® Framework. The National Career Clusters Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality CTE programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study (POS). In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career.

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 postsecondary 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. Download a full list of the Career Clusters and Career Pathways here. (Source: National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc))

To provide additional leadership to school districts, OCTE has organized staff to support the 16 Career Clusters. You can contact the Career Cluster leads and visit the links below to learn about resources for programs and programs of study.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Architecture & Construction
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
Business Management & Administration
Education & Training
Government & Public Administration
Health Science
Hospitality & Tourism
Human Services
Information Technology
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics