Western Area 
Career System
What are Career Clusters?
Career Clusters are groups of occupations that have in common a set of foundational knowledge and skills.  There are 16 nationally recognized clusters that contain multiple Career Pathways.  A Career Pathway represents a grouping of occupations within a cluster that share a base level of common knowledge and skill.  


16 career Clusters
  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A / V Technology & Communication
  • Business, Managment & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing, Sales & Service
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
For example,  The Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster
Regional Programs Currently offered is Building Trades, Culinary Arts & Cosmotology
         Why are Career Clusters important?
  • Create clear educational pathways from secondary to postsecondary education to the workplace
  • Provide information and experiences so students can make informed educational choices
  • Help students design individual plans of study
  • Comprise a key element in enhancing economic development by connecting schools with business and industry

WACS maintains a DHS/DRS grant in the Fulton county high schools titled STEP (Secondary Transitional Experience Program).  Students with disabilities are referred to this program for training/placement which aids students in preparing for the transition to post-secondary education, employment and community involvement during and after high school. Through a variety of STEP experiences, students learn skills to become productive self-sufficient citizens. Age 14 is the earliest a student can be referred to the program.  A referral can be made by contacting the local high school, DHS/DRS, or WACS.      When students plan ahead for adult life, they are more successful in:  Completing school, attaining employment, and living independently.

For more information about career clusters, visit:  http://www.careerclusters.org