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Using the Career Pathway Search

Look for Programs of Study related to your career interests.

A Program of Study is an academic and career plan designed to prepare you for advanced training and work in a career pathway.

Minnesota high schools and colleges choose which Programs of Study to offer based on the economic needs of their region and other factors. You can choose a Program of Study based on the types of careers local employers hire and/or based on your career interests.

Use the career pathway search feature on the MN Programs of Study website to find out which Programs of Study match your goals.

Search by Career Pathway

  1. Go to the MN Programs of Study website.
  2. Under the heading "Find a Program of Study..." look for "By career pathway."
    • Enter your career interest in the keyword box and click the gray arrow.
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    • Click "More Options" to choose one of three options:
      • Search careers by keyword.
        OR
      • Search pathways by keyword.
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      • Under the "OR by career cluster" heading, choose a title from the career cluster list and then choose a career pathway. (Or broaden your results by only choosing a career pathway.) After selecting from the list, click "View Matching Programs of Study."
  3. On the next page, the first sentence will contain the name of your chosen career pathway. Click on the name of your high school under High Schools with this Pathway.
  4. If your high school is not listed in the left column, click on the State Pathway Example listed on the right. This PDF shows a general template of what that Program of Study might include. This information is not specific to any one school.
    • If your chosen Program of Study is not offered at your school, talk with your adviser or a Career and Technical Education staff person about other Programs offered at the school.
    • You can also ask how you can "create your own" Program of Study by taking classes and participating in activities related to your chosen career pathway. Make sure that you are meeting required academic and graduation requirements.
  5. If you choose your high school, the next page will display details about your chosen Program of Study at school. Each high school enters different details about the Programs of Study they offer. Each Program of Study has the same main sections.
    • Pathway Overview: A description of the career pathway that the Program of Study will prepare you for. Also includes the high school, school district and consortium name.
    • High School Courses: Chart lists the classes to take that prepare for college programs and work in a career pathway. The amount of information about high school classes varies by school.
    • High School Enhanced Learning: Shows the extracurricular and work-readiness activities related to the Program of Study. The amount of information included varies by school.
    • Post-Secondary Connections: Lists the academic programs offered at colleges and universities that are part of your high school's consortium. Consortia are groups of local high schools and colleges offering the same Programs of Study, making it easier for a student to transition into college.
    • College & University Enhanced Learning: Shows the extracurricular and work-readiness activities related to the Program of Study at colleges. The amount of information included varies; information is input by the high school.
    • Related Careers: Lists careers that the Program of Study prepared you for. Includes education required to enter the career, the average wage, and a link to a full profile on CAREERwise Education with more information about the career. Also includes a link to find out about apprenticeship programs that might fit the Program of Study.
  6. Talk with your adviser or a Career and Technical Education staff person at your high school about how to participate in a Program of Study.