Career Pathways

Montabella Community Schools is a Career Pathways school district.  Career Pathways are broad groupings of careers that share similar characteristics and whose employment requirements call for many common interests, strengths, and competencies.  Career Pathways provide a useful framework to aid both students and educators in making those meaningful connections to the world of work.

Why are career pathways important? Because one day your child will go to work.  They may go to college first or they may get advanced training in other ways.  So, students need to know what it takes to get there and succeed.  The bottom line is that the GOOD JOBS of the future will belong to people with skills.  In fact, the majority of good jobs will require far more skills than students get with a high school diploma.  The skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed by the working people of the future include:

  • Academic Proficiency in communications, mathematics, science and technology, problem solving, reading and understanding written material.
  • Personal Management skills such as decision making, doing one’s best, acting honestly, setting and accomplishing goals, self-control, responsibility, organization, flexibility and initiative.
  • Teamwork qualities demonstrated in listening, responding, contributing, and leading.

A pathway program prepares students to know what it takes to get a good job.  It also …

  • helps students learn about emerging career opportunities.
  • helps students see how school subjects relate to the world of work.
  • challenges students to develop high academic skills.
  • helps students examine interests, goals, and talents.
  • opens students’ minds to the vast range of careers within their chosen major.
  • shows students the education and skills needed to get the GOOD jobs.
  • builds self esteem.
  • helps students value education as a life-long process.

Montabella Community Schools strives to incorporate the Career Pathways throughout the K-12 curriculum.

The six Career Pathways are:

Arts and Communications:  Careers related to the humanities, the performing, visual, literary and media arts.  Careers include:  Advertising, architecture, creative writing, film and cinema studies, fine arts, foreign languages, graphic design, journalism, public relations.
Business, Management, Marketing and Technology:  Careers related to all aspects of business and marketing.  Some careers are:  accounting, administrative support, business administration, business ownership, economics, finance, information processing, information systems, management, marketing, sales, and tourism.
cp3 Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology:  Careers related to technologies necessary to design, develop, install, or maintain physical systems.  Some careers are:  Auto mechanic, building construction, drafting and design, electronics tech, engineer, machinist, plastics, tool and die maker and welding
cp4 Health Sciences:  Careers related to the promotion of health as well as the treatment of injuries, conditions and disease.  Careers include:  biomedical engineering, dentistry, laboratory research, medicine, nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, rehabilitation, sports medicine, and therapy
cp5 Human Services:  Careers related to helping people to improve their life physically, socially or emotionally.  Includes careers in:  childcare, civil service, cosmetologist, education, hospitality, minister, probation officer and social work.
cp6 Natural Resources & Agriscience:  Careers related to natural resources, agriculture and the environment.  Some careers are:  astronomer, chemist, florist, game warden, grounds keeper, landscaper, marine biologist, and zoologist.