Career Clusters

Tennessee's Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs of Study are meant to provide a relevant framework of industry-aligned, rigorous courses that progress a student in knowledge and skills year over year. They also provide invaluable opportunities for students to experience a subject they are passionate about and explore interests that could lead to postsecondary learning and future career paths. These sequenced courses also reflect and support the three credit "elective focus" requirement for graduation. Level one courses are most often taken by students in ninth grade.

To become a concentrator in CTE and to fulfill the elective focus requirement, a student must earn three credits in a Program of Study or a Career Cluster. Several courses overlap between different Programs of Study and even Career Clusters. These overlapping courses can count in more than one area.

Tennessee's Career & Technical Education consists of 16 nationally recognized career clusters with the ultimate goal of preparing students for success at the postsecondary level and in their chosen careers. EHS offers courses in nine Career Clusters.

Some Career Clusters and Programs of Study had to be changed at EHS in the 2016-17 school year. We had to drop Forensic Science in Health Sciences. We also dropped two Career Clusters in Marketing and Information Technology. However, we were able to add three more programs of study. They are Environmental and Natural Resource Management, Health Services Administration, and Financial Planning, and they are highlighted in blue. You can see the changes below.

Learn more on the TN CTE webpage.


Career Clusters at EHS

Each Career Cluster is broken down into Programs of Study, and further broken down into classes offered for each Program.

View courses by Program of Study by visiting the links below OR View, Download or Print a table that shows all 2017-18 Career Clusters, Programs of Study and Courses. For more detailed information about courses in a specific program of study, visit the links below. 

  1. Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  2. Business Management & Administration
  3. Finance
  4. Health Science
  5. Hospitality & Tourism
  6. Information Technology
  7. Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  8. STEM
  9. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Career Exploration

CTE allows students to explore various in-demand careers available right now in Tennessee. CTE programming is coordinated with regional industries to ensure students in these programs are prepareing for the jobs of the future. 

"CTE has really helped me. I started out in Health Science and got a glimpse of careers in that field. Then I moved to Criminal Justice, and now I'm here in Business. Without this, I feel like I would be lost going into college. I've changed my mind several times and this has given me more information and allowed me to see what I want to do. It's hard to know what you want to do when you're 18, but we do have these resources and an opportunity to see what's out there. With these programs, it's all about what you put into it. The opportunities are endless." - Sydney Hayes, EHS Senior Class 2018