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Colorado Career Cluster Model 2022 Alternative Text

Colorado Career Cluster Model

updated December 2022

Logos at top of page: Colorado CTE logo and Colorado Community College System logo

In the center of the model:

A center circle that reads: Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR)

  • Communicator: media literacy, digital literacy, data literacy, interpersonal communications
  • Problem Solver: critical thinking and analysis, collaboration and teamwork, creativity and innovation, adaptability and flexibility
  • Community Member: civic engagement, global and cultural awareness, social awareness
  • Empowered Individual: self-awareness, self-management, perseverance and resilience, self-advocacy and initiative, career awareness

ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) logo

The center circle has an outer ring that reads: Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE)

Begin career clusters:

From this center circle, six career clusters branch out as follows. A * means a STEM-affiliated pathway.

Cluster 1: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

  • Animal Science*
  • Agribusiness Systems
  • Food Products and Processing Systems*
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Systems*
  • Plant Science*
  • Power, Structural, and Technical Systems*


  • Electromechanical Generation and Maintenance*
  • Electrical Energy Transmission and Distribution*
  • Energy Efficiency and Environmental Technology*
  • Fossil Energy Extraction, Processing, and Distribution*
  • Renewable Energy Production*

Outdoor Recreational Leadership

(logo of Colorado Future Farmers of America, the related Career and Technical Student Organization) 

Cluster 2: Engineering, Technology, and Media Arts

Engineering Technology

  • Engineering Design*
  • Electricity and Electronics*
  • Applied Engineering Principles, and Design*
  • Robotics and Automated Systems*
  • Computer Science*
  • Computer Integrated Design and Manufacturing*

Media Arts

  • Design and Multimedia Arts*
  • Graphic Design and Illustration*
  • Animation*
  • Commercial Photography*
  • Digital Media and Communications*
  • Audio Video Production*
  • Digital Design*
  • Online and Print Media*
  • Production and Manager(s) Arts*
  • Sound Engineering and Design*
  • Stage Production Management*
  • Set Design*

Computer and Digital Technologies

  • Coding*
  • Mobile App Development*
  • Game Design*
  • Network Systems and Security*
  • Web Design*
  • Web Development and Digital Communication*

(logos of the related Career and Technical Student Organizations: Technology Student Association, Skills USA: technical, skilled, and service careers, and Future Business Leaders of America)

Cluster 3: Skilled Trades and Technical Sciences

Architecture and Construction

  • Construction
  • Design and Pre-Construction*
  • Maintenance and Operations


  • Health, Safety, and Environmental Assurance
  • Logistics and Inventory Control
  • Manufacturing Production
  • Maintenance, Installation, and Repair
  • Production/Process Technology*
  • Quality Assurance

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

  • Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance
  • Health, Safety, and Environmental Management
  • Logistics, Planning, and Management Services
  • Planning, Management, and Regulation
  • Sales and Service
  • Transportation Operations
  • Transportation/Systems Infrastructure
  • Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations

(logos of the related Career and Technical Student Organizations: Technology Student Association and Skills USA: technical, skilled, and service careers.)

Cluster 4: Health Science, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

  • Emergency Management Services
  • Law Enforcement Services
  • Fire Science
  • Security and Protective Services

Health Science

  • Biotechnology*
  • Diagnostic Services*
  • Pharmacy Technician*
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant*
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Dental Assistant*
  • Behavior Health
  • Emergency Medical Technician*
  • Nurse Assistant/Aide*
  • Sports medicine
  • Personal Trainer
  • OT/PT Assisting/Aide

(logos of the related Career and Technical Student Organizations: HOSA: Future Health Professionals, and Skills USA: technical, skilled, and service careers)

Cluster 5: Hospitality, Human Services, and Education (+)

Hospitality and Food Production

  • Lodging
  • Recreation, Amusements, and Attractions
  • Restaurants, Food, and Beverage Services
  • Travel and Tourism

Human Services

  • Consumer Services 
  • Counseling and Mental Health Services
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Family and Community Services
  • Personal Care Services
  • Social Work
  • Human Development and Family Studies

Education and Training

  • Administration and Administrative Support
  • Professional Support Services
  • Teaching and Training

+FACS Core and World of Work (WOW)

(logos of the related Career and Technical Student Organization: FCCLA: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)

Cluster 6: Business, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Public Administration

Management and Administration

  • Administrative Services
  • Business Information Technology
  • Corporate/General management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management


  • Digital marketing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Marketing Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Merchandising
  • Professional Sales/Sales Management


  • Accounting 
  • Banking Services
  • Corporate Finance
  • Insurance
  • Securities and Investments


Government and Public Administration

  • Foreign Service
  • Governance
  • Legal Services
  • Planning
  • Public Management and Administration
  • Regulation
  • Revenue and Taxation

(logos of the related Career and Technical Student Organizations: DECA: Marketing, and FBLA: Future Business Leaders of America)