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Nontraditional Career Pathways

A Pathway is a method of searching for a career that fits a student's interests and lifestyle and then allows the student to build academic courses around it. The Pathway recommends individual high school courses – both academic and career-related – to concentrate on which are specifically geared toward the student's chosen career. All of this planning starts as early as middle/junior high school and continues as the student advances through high school.

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High school programs of study have been defined for over 60 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways, organized under eight Areas of Study. The CTE Pathways listed below are those that are dominated by one gender.

Nontraditional for Females

AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION
Agricultural Systems Technology - PDF
Students will apply knowledge of engineering and biological science to agricultural problems concerned with processing agricultural products, cultivation, soil and water conservation, machinery, electric power, and structures.

Horticulture Science - PDF
Students will be exposed to a wide range of scientific principles, such as genetics, anatomy, physiology/nutrition, disease, pets, and management practices.  Topics covered will be basic animal and plant science, personal and leadership development, and agricultural career awareness.

Natural Resource Science - PDF
Students will participate in activities that include instruction on the importance of production management and conservation of our natural resources, ecology, and fish and wildlife, stressing the biological, environmental, and economic importance of our renewable natural resources.

Production/Processing Animal Science - PDF
Students will participate in activities that include instruction on the importance of production management and conservation of our natural resources, ecology, and fish and wildlife, stressing the biological, environmental, and economic importance of our renewable natural resources.

Production/Processing Plant & Soil Science - PDF
Students will be exposed to a wide range of scientific principles, such as genetics, disease, pests, and management practices. The scientific processes of observation, measurement, hypothesizing, data gathering, interpretation, analysis, and application are stressed. Career opportunities and educational preparation are examined. Learning activities are varied, with classroom, laboratory, and field experiences emphasized.

Production/Processing Science - PDF
Students will be exposed to a wide range of advanced animal and plant science principles, such as genetics, disease, pests, and management practices.  Advanced agribusiness principles, as they relate to plant and animal production, will also be covered.

HEALTH SCIENCE EDUCATION
THERAPUETIC SERVICES
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - PDF
Students prepare to perform initial medical diagnosis, treatment, and comprehensive care in medical crises, under the general supervision of a coordinating physician.  Includes instruction in all aspects of basic health care, disease, disorder, and injury symptomology and diagnosis, special care of patients exposed to heat, cold, radiation, or contagious disease; and administrative aspects of emergency medicine.  Programs may include emergency vehicle operation and patient transportation procedures, depending on level of training.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
INFORMATION SUPPORT & SERVICES
Database Development & Administration - PDF
Students are educated on the fundamentals of Internet and database technology, and will be taught the necessary skills to pursue academic and professional opportunities.

Technical Support - PDF
Students are educated on the role of a technical support representative and how they play a vital role as the contact between customers and the company they represent.  Students will learn how to educate users and solve technical problems users face in daily operation.
Interactive Media

INTERACTIVE MEDIA
Digital Media (Multimedia) - PDF
Students are introduced to the role of a digital media specialist by learning about the essential components of how to create a Web site, produce a training video or design a computer game.  Students will create interactive computer applications using the elements of text, 2-D and 3-D graphics, animation, sound, video, and digital imaging.  These skills prepare students for entry-level positions and other occupational/educational goals.

Web Development & Administration - PDF
Web development industry certification programs target individuals interested in demonstrating the baseline of technical knowledge that would allow them to pursue a variety of Internet-related careers. iNet+ is accepted by all other Internet certification programs as a fundamental (beginning) level certification, and is a good place to start.

Network Systems - PDF
Students are educated on network hardware and software through the use of cable, fiber optics or wireless communication.  Students will understand networking technology for local area networks (LANs), and for connecting to larger networks and the Internet.

SKILLED & TECHNICAL SCIENCES EDUCATION
BUILDING TRADES
Carpentry - PDF
Students prepare to apply technical knowledge and skills to lay out, fabricate, erect, install, and repair wooden structures and fixtures using hand and power tools. Students will also apply technical knowledge and skills needed to create custom cabinets, fine furniture, and architectural millwork.

Electrician - PDF
Student prepares to apply technical knowledge and skills to assemble, install, operate, maintain, and repair electrically energized systems, such as residential, commercial, industrial electric-power systems wiring, D.C. and A.C. motors, controls, and electrical distribution panels.

HVAC - PDF
Students prepare to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, and maintain the operating condition of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.

Plumbing - PDF
Students prepare to apply technical knowledge and skill to lay out, assemble, install, and maintain piping, fixtures, and piping systems for stream, hot water, heating, cooling, draining, lubricating, sprinkling, and industrial processing systems.

COMMUNICATION
Radio Broadcasting Technician - PDF
Students will learn basic skills related to the radio broadcasting industry. Instruction includes hands-on assignments in the following areas: Impact of historical figures in radio, pre-production, live production, vocal skills, equipment, and radio rules and regulations.

Television Broadcasting Technician - PDF
Students prepare to apply the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the commercial television industry as television equipment operators.

MECHANICS & REPAIRS
Automotive Collision Repair - PDF
Students prepare to repair automotive, uni-bodies, fenders, and frames of automobiles. Includes instruction in body sheet metal preparation, painting, and finishing. These courses are based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) automotive collision task list. Work ethics and productivity are an integral part of the classroom and laboratory activities of this program.

Automotive Service Technician - PDF
Students prepare to engage in the servicing and maintenance of all types of automobiles. Includes instruction in the diagnosis of malfunctions and repair of engines, fuel, electricity/electronics, cooling, brake systems, drive trains, and suspension systems. Instruction is also given in the adjustment and repair of individual components and systems. These courses are based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) task list. Work ethics and productivity are an integral part of the classroom and lab activities of these courses.

Electronics - PDF
Students will apply technical knowledge and skills to assemble, install, operate, maintain, and repair electrical/electronic equipment used in business, industry, and manufacturing. Includes instruction in installing, maintaining, and testing various types of electronic equipment. These courses are based on the state electronics task list.

Heavy Duty Diesel - PDF
Students prepare to apply technical knowledge and skills in the field of maintenance and overhaul of such equipment. Includes instruction in inspection, maintenance, and repair of tracks, wheels, brakes, operating controls, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, electrical/electronics circuitry, and engines. These courses are based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) task list. Work ethics and productivity are an integral part of the classroom and lab activities of these courses.

PRECISION PRODUCTION TRADES
Cabinetmaking/Millwork - PDF
Students prepare to apply technical knowledge and skills to layout, fabricate, erect, install, and repair wooden structures and fixtures using hand and power tools. Students will also apply technical knowledge and skills needed to create custom cabinets, fine furniture, and architectural millwork.

Design Technology (Formerly Drafting/CAD) - PDF
Students learn how to use precision drawing instruments. Computer design programs (CAD). Sketching and illustration. Specification interpretation

Graphics/Printing - PDF
Students prepare to apply technical knowledge and skills to plan, prepare, and execute commercial and industrial visual images and print products, using mechanical, electronic, and digital graphic and printing equipment. This course is based on the National Printing Association (PIA) task list.

Machine Tool - PDF
Prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills to plan, manufacture, assemble, and test products, using machine shop and CNC processes. These courses are based on the state machine shop task list.

Welding - PDF
Students prepare to apply technical knowledge and skill to use current welding processes, including robotics welding. These courses are based on the American Welding Society (AWS) task list.

PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Firefighting - PDF
Students prepare to perform the duties of a firefighter.

Law Enforcement - PDF
Students prepare to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control, public relations, witness interviewing, and evidence collection and management.

TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING EDUCATION
Pre-Engineering (Utah Pre-Engineering Program) - PDF
Students will be taught how to understand, design, produce, use, and manage the human-made world in order to contribute and function in a technological society.

Project Lead the Way (National Pre-Engineering Program) - PDF
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) has developed a four year sequence of courses which, when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college.

Nontraditional for Males

BUSINESS EDUCATION
Business Administrative Support - PDF
Students will prepare to perform the duties of various office support positions ranging from receptionists duties to word processing to special assistants and/or personal secretaries for business executives and top management. This course includes instruction in business communications, public relations, scheduling and travel management, secretarial accounting, filing systems and records management, conference and meeting recording, report preparation, office equipment and procedures, and professional standards.

FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES EDUCATION
Child Development - PDF
Students prepare for child related careers and/or more extensive parenting skills through personal interaction with children. Instruction is given in developing positive relationships with and learning experiences for children, childcare policies and management, guidance techniques, and health and safety concerns.  Through child development courses, students will gain an understanding of the aspects of human growth and development.

Consumer Economics Services - PDF
Students will gain a better understanding of personal finance which will help them move into adulthood making more informed monetary decisions, realizing a greater potential for personal wealth, and fostering a stronger state and national economy.

Family & Human Services - PDF
Students will prepare for careers related to family and community services. Students will develop practical knowledge, critical and creative thinking skills to address problems in diverse family, community and work environments.

Fashion Design, Manufacturing & Merchandising - PDF
Students will be introduced to the world of fashion encompassing, elements and principles of design, textiles, and consumerism.

Food Science, Dietetics & Nutrition - PDF
Students will gain an understanding of the principles of nutrition and in maintaining a healthy life style.  Focus will be on the selection and preparation of food and personal health and well-being.

Hospitality Services - PDF
Students will be introduced to the world of hospitality services (food service, tourism, and recreation).

HEALTH SCIENCE EDUCATION
HEALTH INFORMATICS
Medical Office Administrative Assistant - PDF
Students prepare to perform routine clerical and reception duties in patient care and within a health care facility.

THERAPUETIC SERVICES
Dental - PDF
Students prepare to assist a dentist or dental hygienist in performing the functions of a dental practice.

Medical Assistant - PDF
Students prepare to support physicians by providing assistance during patient examinations, treatment administration and monitoring.

Nursing - PDF
Students prepare to perform routine nursing related services to patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities, under the training and supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.

Pharmacy - PDF
Students prepare to support pharmacists by providing assistance during patient consultation, counter dispensing operations, and prescription preparation.

Surgical Technician - PDF
Students prepare to perform general technical support tasks in the operating room before, during, and after surgery.

Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise - PDF
Designed to teach students components of exercise science/sports medicine; including exploration of therapeutic careers, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, first aid, injury prevention principles, the healing process, rehabilitation techniques, therapeutic modalities, sport nutrition, sport psychology and performance enhancement philosophies.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
INTERACTIVE MEDIA
Programming/Software Development - PDF
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of programming, to simple control and data structures, to basic operating system commands, and the use of text files.

SKILLED & TECHNICAL SCIENCES EDUCATION
PERSONAL SERVICES
Esthetician/Nail Technician - PDF
Prepares individuals to cleanse, depilate, massage, and beautify the human body and to function as licensed estheticians and skin care specialists. This program is based on the state rules and regulations as a part of the state law. Completed instruction qualifies the student for licensing examinations in Utah.

Updated December 8, 2011


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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
sherry [dot] marchant [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Sherry Marchant), Specialist
Nontraditional Careers
Phone: 801>538-7594
Fax: 801>538-7868

maggie [dot] bradshaw [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Maggie Bradshaw) , Support Staff 
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Phone: 801>538-7941





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