Career Opportunities

What types of opportunities and pathways do Skills Centers offer?

Skills Centers provide an opportunity for students between the ages of 16 and 21 or in grades 11 or 12 to receive advanced career and technical training as part of the public educational system at no cost to the student. This provides students with the opportunity to get a jump-start on a post secondary education and future career opportunities.

Students learn the technical knowledge and skills to either gain advanced placement in apprenticeships, technical schools, two- and four-year colleges and universities; or go directly to entry-level employment in their chosen career field.

Skills Centers success rate is high for students going on to further education and for students gaining employment after graduation. Students learn from teachers that come from industry and are able to guide students effectively for their chosen career path.

Skills Centers programs fall within OSPI’s pathway model and align to the Career Cluster Initiative at the national level. Listed below are the pathways and clusters available:

 

Agriculture and Science Pathway

Agriculture and Science careers include the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources. Career clusters include:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Business and Marketing Pathway

Business and Marketing careers encompass planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. This pathway includes the following clusters:

  • Marketing Sales and Services
  • Law and Public Safety
  • Information Technology
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Finance and Business Management & Administration

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PATHWAY

Health and Human Services careers encompass working directly with a wide variety of people in a caring, helping and communicating way. Career clusters include:

  • Education and Training
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Law and Public Safety

Technology and Industry Pathway

The Technology and Industry Pathway includes the following clusters:

  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Law and Public Safety
  • Arts, AV Technology and Communications
  • Information Technology

Health and Human Services Pathway

Health and Human Services careers encompass working directly with a wide variety of people in a caring, helping and communicating way. Career clusters include:

  • Education and Training
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Law and Public Safety