High School Program Areas
- Collins Career Technical Center has organized all career technical programs offered into Career Academies and Career
Clusters that will provide each student with multiple pathways to employment or post-secondary education. These
Academies and Clusters work to promote career planning, relate subject matter to the real world of life and work,
and provide the tools necessary for a successful transition from high school to higher education, advanced training,
and/or a career.
- Career Academies are research-based models for high school reform. Studies have shown that students in career
academies perform better in high school and are more likely to go on to further their education after graduation
than are students in traditional high school learning environments.
- Three critical elements for career academies are:
- Small learning communities consisting of a team of teachers with a consistent group of students;
- College preparatory curriculum with a career theme;
- Partnerships with employers, communities, and higher education.
- The Career Clusters established by Collins Career Technical Center also relate all educational subjects to the students'
career interest. This concept gives each student the opportunity to master the skills necessary for the career of
their choice while at the same time participating in academic courses that will benefit them in any occupation.
- The curriculum at Collins Career Technical Center is organized into the Career Academies and Clusters listed below. The
specific programs offered in each Academy and Cluster is discussed in detail.
- Each Career Academy and Career Cluster offered at Collins Career Technical Center includes specific programs for the student
to choose from that directly correlates to that career field.