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​The Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.  Agriculture and related industries employ 22 percent of Alabama’s workforce and contribute $70.4 billion to the state’s economy annually, which is about 40 percent of the state’s GDP.​ 

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​In the Architecture and Construction cluster, course work leads to careers in drafting design; welding; electrical technology; heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR); carpentry; cabinetmaking; building construction, masonry, plumbing, utility line work and pipefitting. Course content includes significant technical depth and incorporates engineering concepts and terminology. The Architecture and Construction cluster provides students with basic knowledge and skills within a safe and appropriate setting for student exploration and achievement. The active, structured, and stimulating environment simulates the workplace setting and enhances student ability to adapt to an ever-changing job market.​

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​The Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications cluster engages students in challenging curricula where they are able to develop technical skills in the areas of graphic arts, television production, animation, advertising design, and commercial photography within a safe and innovative setting. Students who choose to complete a pathway in this cluster have the ability to comprehend course materials and complete laboratory work, projects, and assignments related to the cluster. Courses in this cluster provide students with the knowledge and skills for further education and for employment. Students use current and emerging technology, observe modeling and mastery of competencies, and develop and apply skills required for success in their chosen fields. Students work together to build a community of learning where their ideas become a source of learning.​

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​The Business Management and Administration cluster prepares learners 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. Rigorous instruction is provided to equip learners with knowledge and skills for college and career readiness. Extended learning experiences to enrich and enhance instruction is reinforced through learner participation in career and technical student organizations (DECA and FBLA). ​

Contact us at: BMA@alsde.edu

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​The Education and Training cluster prepares high school students for careers in the education and training field in three pathway areas:  Administration and Professional Support Services, Early Childhood Education, and Teaching and Training. Rigorous instruction is provided to equip students with knowledge and skills needed in preparation for credentials, articulated credit, and/or further education.  ​

Contact us at: EducationTraining@alsde.edu

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​The Finance cluster prepares learners for careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management. Career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy and requires individuals working in finance to have strong computation, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Rigorous instruction is provided to equip learners with knowledge and skills for college and career readiness. Extended learning experiences to enrich and enhance instruction is reinforced through learner participation in career and technical student organizations (DECA and FBLA).​

Contact us at: Finance@alsde.edu

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​Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program offered to high schools that teaches students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity. It is a cooperative effort between the military and the high schools to produce successful students and citizens, while fostering in each school a more constructive and disciplined learning environment. JROTC provides course work on leadership, civics, geography and global awareness, health, and wellness, language arts, life skills, and U.S. history. The curriculum is based on the principles of performance-based, learner-centered education and promotes development of core abilities: capacity for life-long learning, communication, responsibility for actions and choices, good citizenship, respectful treatment of others, and critical thinking techniques.​

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​The Health Science cluster provides students with essential knowledge and skills for pursuing careers in the following five pathways:  Therapeutic Services, Diagnostic Services, Health Informatics, Support Services, and Biotechnology Research and Development.  Rigorous and challenging content may include a variety of instructional strategies, work-based learning experiences, and simulation.​

Contact us at: HealthScience@alsde.edu

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​The Hospitality and Tourism cluster prepares high school students for the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services using real work, hands-on knowledge and skills in commercial and professional lab settings.   This diversified and intensive education program enables students to pursue careers in one of three pathways:  1) Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Services 2) Lodging and 3) Recreation, Travel, and Tourism.  ​

Contact us at: HospitalityTourism@alsde.edu

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​The Human Services cluster prepares students for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs, such as family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.  There are eight program areas: Consumer Services; Early Childhood Development and Services; Family Studies and Community Services; Fashion; Food, Wellness, and Dietetics; Interior Design/Real Estate; and Cosmetology. Rigorous instruction is provided to equip students with knowledge and skills needed in preparation for credentials, articulation, and/or further education.

Contact us at: Cosmetology@alsde.edu​ OR HumanServices@alsde.edu

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​The Information Technology (IT) cluster provides learners with essential knowledge and skills for pursuing careers in the following three pathways:  Database Design; Network Systems and Computer Services; and Programming and Software Development. The IT industry is a dynamic and entrepreneurial working environment that has a revolutionary impact on the economy and society. In addition to careers in the IT industry, IT careers are available in every sector of the economy - from Financial Services to Medical Services, Business to Engineering and Environmental Services. Rigorous instruction is provided to equip learners with knowledge and skills for college and career readiness.​

Contact us at: IT@alsde.edu

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The Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster provides students with academic, technical and employability knowledge and skills to plan, manage and provide legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security.  The career pathways include:  Emergency and Fire Management Services, Law Enforcement Services and Legal Services.

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​The Manufacturing cluster provides the knowledge and skills to equip students for careers in industrial maintenance, manufacturing, electronics, precision machining, and robotics. These courses include significant technical depth and engineering concepts and terminology. The Manufacturing cluster provides a safe and appropriate setting for student exploration and achievement. Students gain knowledge and skills through an active, structured, and stimulating environment coordinated with simulated workplace learning experiences. The Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics cluster learning environment utilizes a variety of physical space to stimulate development of effective cognitive and psychomotor skills. Students experience a wide range of hands-on activities based on authentic representations of expectations found in the workplace. Theory and concepts are taught in proportion to the need for strong application opportunities with emphasis on timely learning experiences that facilitate the transition to skills attainment. Safety, proper tool use, and adherence to procedures are integral components for all student learning experiences.​

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​The Marketing cluster is about planning, managing and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives. Marketing-related jobs are vital for companies, nonprofit groups, and organizations.  Job duties in this career cluster can include brand promotion, sales, merchandising, marketing communications, and market research. As companies find it increasingly important to focus on community outreach and customer relations, the need for marketing professionals will increase.​

Contact us at: Marketing@alsde.edu

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​Students choosing to enter this cluster will learn the close relationship of mathematics and science to the engineering and technology disciplines and expect to regularly apply mathematics and scientific principles throughout the courses in this cluster. They enjoy challenging curricula involving practical applications of engineering principles and technological literacy.  Knowledge gained by students in this cluster includes science and mathematics principles applicable to engineering and engineering-related careers. As technology continues its rapid expansion, adequately preparing students for engineering-related careers is essential and serves as the primary purpose of this cluster. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics cluster classroom and laboratory provide safe and appropriate settings for student exploration and learning. The structured, yet active environment stimulates students’ creativity and helps them develop the necessary skills for future employment.​

Contact us at: STEM@alsde.edu​ OR TechEd@alsde.edu

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​The Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics cluster includes specialty areas in aviation, power equipment, automotive service, automotive collision repair, diesel engine maintenance and repair, logistics, and marine technology. The curriculum is based on recognized industry and professional standards found in national organizations and federal regulations.​

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