Programs of Study

A Program of Study (POS) is a sequenced listing of academic and CTE courses that connects student’s high school and postsecondary educational experiences. By combining rigorous academics with career and technical education, students have a clear path to their future and are able to meet graduation requirements, earn college credits, and industry certifications as well as valuable knowledge making them college and career ready before they leave high school. Palm Beach County Schools has a program of study for every CTE program offered to assist students and parents in planning a course of study that will lead to a successful career.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements allow students to earn college credits from participation in a high school Career and Technical program or academy. Below are articulation agreements with local post-secondary institutions.

Industry Certifications

Industry certifications are an important component of Career Academies and Career and Technical Education Programs showing students have demonstrated evidence of technical skill attainment and impact school grade as a part of accelerated coursework component. Industry Certification verifies that individuals have the entry-level skills to perform job functions in the area of certification.

Curriculum Frameworks

The Division of Career and Adult Education publishes the curriculum frameworks aligned to the Career Clusters delineated by the U.S. Department of Education.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

The production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources.

Arts, A/V Technology & Communication

Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.


Business, Management & Administration

Careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.

Education & Training

Planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services such as administration, teaching/training, administrative support, and professional support services.

Engineering & Technology Education

Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.


Planning and related services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.

Diversified Education

Additonal CTE programs include secondary work-based learning programs and on-the-job training. For specific guidelines and required documents visit the District OJT Manual.

Health Science

Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

Hospitality & Tourism

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as restaurant and food/beverage services, lodging, travel and tourism, recreation, amusement and attractions.

Human Services

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.

Information Technology

Building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services.

Law, Public Safety & Security

Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.


Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

Marketing, Sales & Service

Planning, managing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives such as brand management, professional sales, merchandising, marketing communications and market research.

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

The planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.