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CAREER CLUSTERS, MAJORS AND COURSE OFFERINGS

Cluster: Architecture & Construction

Major: Carpentry (Nontraditional Program for Females)

Overview: Architecture and construction courses can introduce students to the construction industry and related career fields in construction management, architecture, building construction inspection, and planning and design. Many students move quickly from basic construction training into estimating, and project management with high paying jobs.

Cluster: Business Management & Administration

Major: General Management

Overview: People with business skills are the ones that make the deals that build profitable companies that power the global economy. A career in business can take an individual to the CEO's corner office on the top floor of a skyscraper or around the world making million-dollar deals.

The business management, and administration industry is the highest paying, with nearly half of all jobs in management and professional occupations. For those who have always wanted to be their own boss, this is the cluster to consider. Surveys indicate that about one-fourth of all workers in BMA careers are self-employed.

Cluster: Finance

Major: Accounting

Overview: Financial Planning combines the skill sets of financial managers with that of a more relationship-oriented individual. They typically work with clients either in daily, one time transactions at the bank or as lifelong, trusted confidants who fully manage their client's wealth. These are professional people whose expertise and knowledge are valued by those they serve, whether it's to make a deposit, recommend a life insurance policy, or manage a retirement fund. People who enter the pathway of Business Finance are process-oriented. They like to see numbers add up and enjoy problem-solving as a result. From entry-level billing clerks to CFOs of major corporations, everyone in this cluster enjoys math and most likely is skilled with computers and accounting software as well.

Major: Business Finance

Overview: Financial Planning combines the skill sets of financial managers with that of a more relationship-oriented individual. They typically work with clients either in daily, one time transactions at the bank or as lifelong, trusted confidants who fully manage their client's wealth. These are professional people whose expertise and knowledge are valued by those they serve, whether it's to make a deposit, recommend a life insurance policy, or manage a retirement fund. People who enter the pathway of Business Finance are process-oriented. They like to see numbers add up and enjoy problem-solving as a result. From entry-level billing clerks to CFOs of major corporations, everyone in this cluster enjoys math and most likely is skilled with computers and accounting software as well.

Cluster: Government and Public

Major: Military Science

Overview: The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) offers an outstanding elective course for young men and women. It emphasizes leadership development, self-discipline, and responsible patriotic citizenship. Students are taught confidence, leadership, and interpersonal relations.

Cluster: Health Science

Major: Health Science

Overview: Health Science Education is a secondary program of study that promotes health career opportunities to students in grades 9-12. Integration of health science courses, work-based learning experiences, HOSA-Future Health Professionals activities, and academics allow students to make informed decisions regarding an array of careers and educational pursuits.

Cluster: Human Services

Major: Cosmetology (Nontraditional Program for Males)

Overview: The Human Services/Family and Consumer Sciences Program of Study consists of eleven programs and three middle school courses categorized in five career clusters - Arts, A/V Technology & Communication, Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This program of study provides opportunities for students to develop skills that relate to individuals, families, communities and the environment. The fundamental content encompasses the objective of preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to meeting human needs - personal care, consumer services, family and community services, and counseling and mental health; visual arts principles – creativity, artistry, vision; the art of teaching – planning, managing, and providing education and training services and related learning support services; personal care – beauty, style, and culture; hospitality and tourism – management, marketing, and operation of food services, lodging, attractions, recreation and travel-related services; and, science technology – scientific research and technical services related to the nature of foods, the causes of deterioration, food processing principles, and the improvement of foods for consumption.

Cluster: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

Major: Law Enforcement

Overview: The Law Enforcement Services program prepares students for entry-level positions in local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and private security.

Cluster: Manufacturing

Major: Welding Technology (Nontraditional Program for Females)

Overview: Many Manufacturing jobs are so specialized, they require high levels of skills and training. Manufacturing is a highly competitive industry that continues to grow in South Carolina. The Manufacturing skill standards address what a worker needs to know and be able to do to contribute to a safe, productive, and effective work environment. Students will be properly prepared for their careers when the standards are integrated with quality instructional techniques.

Cluster: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Major: Pre-Engineering and Technology (Nontraditional Program for Females)

Overview: The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster incorporate career opportunities in all aspects of engineering and engineering technologies. Students are engaged in courses such as Introduction To Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Engineering Design and Development, Aerospace Engineering, Biotechnical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Gateway To Technology, and Industrial Technology Education that will expose them to scientific research and development and professional and technical services in engineering, including laboratory and testing services.

Cluster: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Major: Automotive Technology (Nontraditional Program for Females)

Overview: The Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Cluster incorporate career opportunities in all aspects of Automotive Collision, Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology, Small Engine Technology, Warehousing, Material Handling, and Distribution and Logistics. Students are engaged in planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water.