Module 4: Resources

The National Career Clusters Framework

The Career Clusters® Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality CTE programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study. In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career.

As an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction, Career Clusters provide the essential knowledge and skills for the 16 Career Clusters and their Career Pathways. It also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary curriculum and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options.

Plans of study for each pathway are available to download in PDF or Excel format and provide a useful framework as you plan your program components.


Business and Industry Leadership Teams (BILT)

BILT teams have been formed in several industries using a model initiated by the Convergence Technology Center, an NSF-ATE Center of Excellence at Collin College in Texas. In this model, the BILT defines the knowledge, skills, and abilities that business representatives want to see in future community college graduates and assists the colleges in recruitment and hiring, class presentations and keynotes at conferences, traditional internships, and virtual internship/externship experiences using business mentors. BILT teams are comprised of high-level executives and technicians, from large corporations and small companies alike, who understand the current state of the industry and what skills get students hired.

The BILT model was featured in a recent webinar titled Effective Approaches for Aligning Curriculum with Business Demand. The webinar features several systematic approaches colleges in various disciplines across the country are taking to ensure workforce programs are tightly aligned to industry. The slides and archived webinar are available for download, as is an issue brief on the BILT model. Watch videos from educators and industry professionals engaged in the BILT process on the National Information, Security, & Geospatial Technologies Consortium’s website.