High School Career Pathways & Career Fields Exploration for Students
Students can explore while they learn
Whether they're exploring different opportunities in agriculture, looking at a career in information technology, or driven by an entrepreneurial passion—we have a career path for your student.*
Our career and college prep program features more than 30 career pathways in a variety of career fields. Opportunities vary by school**
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Areas of study include agribusiness, food processing, and more.
Business Management & Administration
Areas of study include finance, entrepreneurship, human resources, more.
Criminal Justice & Community Services
Areas of study include law enforcement, legal services, and more.
Areas of study include healthcare data and support services, nursing and patient care, sports medicine, and more.
Hospitality & Tourism
Areas of study include hotel and lodging, restaurant management, travel and tourism, and more.
Information Technology (IT)
Areas of study include video game design, coding, cybersecurity, and more.
A scholastic difference. A career beginning.
The career and college prep program differs from a traditional school experience because it combines career pathways with traditional academics.
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Students can start on college while still in high school by exploring majors and saving on college tuition costs with credits through dual enrollment courses at select schools. K12 also offers AP® courses that follow the curriculum specified by the College Board, designed to help prepare students to take the AP® exam in a particular subject. A student's AP® exam score may also allow them to receive college credits, as determined by the college.*
Students can connect with industry professionals through online sessions, and can learn about their field directly through job shadowing opportunities, apprenticeships, and internships.*
Skills for the Real World
Students learn to think inside and outside the classroom with project-based learning while building professional skills—like collaboration, leadership, and problem-solving—and technical skills specific to their career field.
Industry Certification Exam Prep
Students can take their career to the next level as they prepare for more than 40 industry-recognized certification exams that can give them an edge up over the competition.†
See what current students have to say about their career and college prep experience:
- Kierra, studying health and human services††
—Makyna S., studying business†††
The Student Advisory Council is made up of student leaders who represent career and college prep programs across the country. They post on social profiles, write blogs, participate in webinars, and more.
*Opportunities vary by school; please visit your school page or check with your school counselor.
**The career and college prep program is offered to eligible high school students. Some schools also offer career exploration in middle school.
†Many Microsoft®️ Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who participate in the program for at least two years will have further preparation for certification testing.
††Kierra is a 2020 student at a Stride K12-powered school in Colorado, and her statement reflects her experience at her school.
†††Makyna is a 2020 student at Destinations Career Academy of Colorado, and her statement reflects her experience at her school.