Career and Technical Education

A curricular and assessments program to ensure students fully develop their career and academic potential. It includes six articulated career pathways with dozens of programs of study. Students can earn dual credits for college.

​Hawai‘i Academies

Hawai‘i Academies provide systematic support to meet HIDOE's vision and mission by expanding Smaller Learning Communites (SLCs) in Hawai‘i to prepare all students for college and careers. Learn more about member schools and the career academy themes they are designed around.

Hawaii Career Explorer

Online tool from the University of Hawaii Community College system showing credits, certificates and degrees toward various careers.

CTE ​Vision

To make sure that all CTE students fully develop their career and academic potential. Four core principles:

  • Alignment: Effective alignment between CTE and labor market needs to equip students with 21st-century skills and prepare them for in-demand occupations in high-growth industry sectors.
  • Collaboration: Strong collaboration among secondary and postsecondary institutions, employers, and industry partners to improve the quality of CTE programs.
  • Accountability: Meaningful accountability for improving academic outcomes and building technical and employability skills in CTE programs, based upon common definitions and clear metrics for performance.
  • Innovation: Increased emphasis on innovation supported by systemic reform of state policies and practices to support CTE implementation of effective practices at the local level.
CTE Handbook

Broad groupings of career specialties/occupations that have common skills and knowledge. Career Pathways provide a context for exploring career options at all levels of education and a framework for linking learning to the skills and knowledge needed for future success. View/download the Career Pathways Handbook​ for more information. The State of Hawaii has six career pathways.

  • Arts and Communication
  • Business
  • Health Services
  • Industrial and Engineering Technology
  • Natural Resources
  • Public and Human Services

Where Should Career Pathways Be Used?
Career Pathways provide an ideal organizing tool at all educational levels—kindergarten through college—to guide career exploration and planning activities, to focus teaching and learning, and to link education with relevant, real-world activities.

How Are Career Pathways Developed?
Educators and representatives from business and industry collaborated to determine which occupations belong in each Career Pathway. Each Career Pathway includes a core of business/industry standards common to the occupations within the Pathway, and branches into more focused "clusters" of work-related functions or specific occupations.

How Can Career Pathways Be Used?
It's a tool for career exploration. For younger children, the Career Pathways posters can be used as an aid for career exploration. Older children may find that taking the interest inventory test (RIASEC) helps them explore Career Pathway options.

While career exploration is valuable for all students, special needs students such as second language learners or those with disabilities have limited role models and may face stereotyped expectations. Introducing students to broad career pathways, and the numerous career clusters and occupations within, expands the list of career possibilities for all students.

At the secondary and postsecondary levels, Career Pathways provide curriculum standards that meet business and industry requirements. Implementing these standards will ensure student attainment of a high level of academic and technical skills and a seamless transition from secondary to postsecondary education as well as a satisfying career.

Programs of Study

Download a list for SY 2020-21 by District and School.

A Program of Study spans a minimum of two years at the high-school level and extends to postsecondary education; integrates Hawaii's academic standards, career and workplace skills, and specific business and industry validated standards; incorporates work-based learning where feasible and appropriate; prepares students for further education and/or employment, and occurs in career fields that require less than a four-year degree as a prerequisite for entry. Students completing a high school Program of Study would have mastered all specific Career Pathway core, cluster, and academic course standards. For some Programs of Study, students would also have mastered Concentration-level standards. Programs of Study at the community college level include all CTE-related degree and/or certificate programs. Programs of Study include:

Arts and Communication

  • Animation
  • Broadcast Media
  • Digital Media
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fashion Design
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design I
  • Graphic Design II
  • Web Design


  • Accounting I
  • Accounting II
  • Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Office Administration
  • Oracle Certification
  • Retail Marketing and Merchandising
  • Travel Management

Health Services

  • Clinical Health
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health Information
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Nurse's Aide Training
  • Nutrition

Industrial and Engineering Technology

  • A+ Certification
  • Autobody Repair and Refurbishing
  • Advanced Autobody Repair and Refurbishing
  • Automotive Technology I
  • Automotive Technology II
  • Building and Construction I
  • Building and Construction II
  • CISCO Certification
  • Computer Networking
  • Cybersecurity
  • Computer Technician
  • Design Technology I
  • Design Technology II
  • Electrical Installation
  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering I
  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering II
  • Engineering Technology I
  • Engineering Technology II
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Metal Working Technology I
  • Metal Working Technology II

Natural Resources

  • Animal Systems I
  • Animal Systems II
  • Environmental and Conservation Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Resource Management
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Natural Resource Business Development
  • Natural Resources Biotechnology I
  • Natural Resources Biotechnology II
  • Natural Resources Production I
  • Natural Resources Production II
  • Plant Design and Management
  • Plant Systems I

Public and Human Services

  • Culinary I
  • Culinary II
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Exploration in Education
  • Hospitality Services
  • Secondary Education

Pathway Core

The Career Pathway Core provides an overview of the skills and knowledge required for occupations within the particular Career Pathway. Pathway core standards are broad, general business and industry validated content and performance standards that are common to the occupations in the clusters within the particular Career Pathway.

Performance Based Assessments (PBAs)

Hawaii's unique CTE Performance-Based Assessments evaluate students' ability to apply the academic and technical skills and knowledge they have learned in their CTE Programs of Study. The PBA includes three components:

  1. Technical writing
  2. Oral presentation
  3. Performance assessment

The PBA is conducted by the school or by the school district.

Pathway Advisory Council (PAC)

PAC members provide pathway and industry-specific expertise in the review and approval of standards and assessments. PAC members:

  • Provide advice in the development and or improvement of pathway initiatives.
  • Provide pathway and industry-specific expertise in the review and approval of standards and assessments.
  • Create, support and/or promote pathway initiatives.
  • Create linkages between education and industry.
  • Commit to long-term service for a pathway.

Program of Study Workgroup Members:

  • Provide pathway and course content specific expertise in the development and approval of standards and assessments.
  • Create linkages between education and industry.
  • Commit to short-term service for a pathway.

For PBAs, Pathway Partners:

  • Assist in the creation of problem-based scenarios to assess student learning as it relates to the achievement of pathway standards.
Other opportunities:
  • Provide internships for students and/or teachers
  • Participate as a mentor for students
Content Trainers/Guest Speakers
  • Provide occupation-specific information and technical expertise to teachers and/or students aligned to pathway standards and benchmarks.
  • Commitment is based on availability and training needs.


  • Participate in reviewing and scoring of performance-based assessments.
  • Commitment is for a one or two-day event.
  • Provide resources to support Career Pathway system initiatives.
  • Provide resources to support Career Pathway performance-based assessments.

Annual Notice

Prior to the beginning of each school year, each high school which offers a career and technical education program must advise students, parents, employees, and the general public that all vocational opportunities will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap. This notice is translated into 14 different languages. View it here.


The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) is a four-year CTE elective program of instruction cost-shared by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The curriculum is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to country, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. JROTC cadets earn advanced rank when enlisting into any branch of the military and advanced opportunities for federal/military academy appointments and ROTC college scholarships.​ Check with your high school for JROTC availability.

Contact Information

Troy Sueoka

Phone: 808-305-9705


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