A concentrator is a student who has earned two or more technical credits in a Career Cluster, at least one of which is a concentrator course. The student may earn all credits from foundational prerequisite, prerequisite and concentrator courses and also from supplemental courses from the Career Cluster.


      Career Clusters identify pathways from secondary school to two- and four-year colleges, graduate school, and the workplace, so students can link what they learn in school and what they can do in the future. Career Clusters allow students to access a nationwide framework to help them better analyze their long- and short-term career goals, plan what to take in high school to begin to move toward those goals, and implement strategies for further education and work experience that will prepare them for high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers in the 21st Century.

      Career Clusters in the Alamance Burlington School System: Agricultural, Food & Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, A/V Technology and Communications; Business Management and Administration; Finance; Health Sciences; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services: Information Technology; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Transportation


      The WorkKeys assessment is designed to measure students' career readiness as they prepare to enter the workforce by assessing their abilities in three core areas: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information. Students' performance in these areas is meant to demonstrate their abilities to potential employers through the use of standardized, quantitative metrics. There are four certification levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. All CTE Concentrators are required to take the WorkKeys assessment. 


      If students are Future Ready, meaning they have attained math rigor, have completed CTE Career Cluster courses within a Pathway to achieve CTE concentrator status, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher weighted and at least one industry credential (WorkKeys CRC at Silver level or above or another industry credential aligned with a CTE course of study), then they will have a Career Endorsement on their High School Diploma after graduation. 

      For more information on becoming a CTE Completer, talk with Mrs. Smith, Career Development Coordinator or any of the CTE department members.