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Career and Technical Education


Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are designed to provide all students with a challenging, relevant, meaningful, education that will prepare them to for successful career in one of the JumpStart Career Pathways. Louisiana Department of Education defines a career pathway as a coherent sequence of courses that prepares a student for a first job and/or a foundation for further education or training. Students enrolled in any of the CTE courses offered in Iberia Parish will take an Industry Accredited Proficiency Assessment which, if a passing grade is earned, will result in an Industry Based Credential (IBC).

CTE integrates academic and occupational learning, school-based and work-based learning, and establishes partnerships between high schools, post-secondary institutions, and industry. CTE courses are valuable to both TOPS Tech and TOP University students due to the career awareness and exploration experiences.

Architecture & Construction Pathway encompasses a vast array of careers all focused on the construction, design/pre-construction, and maintenance/operations of structures. 
Cs available: Carpentry, Electricity, HVAC, and Welding

Arts, A/V Technology & Communication Pathway prepares students to organize and manage various visual aspects of data, visual arts, performing arts, and entertainments media industries.
IBCs available: Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop

Business Management Pathway focuses on careers that plan, organize, direct, and evaluate all or part of a business organization.
IBCs available: Business of Retail, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop

Health Sciences Pathway prepares students to recognize, assess, diagnose, treat, and manage patient and medical needs in pre-hospital, disaster, hospital, medical office, and/or home health care settings.
IBCs available: Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician and Patient Care Technician

Hospitality and Tourism Pathway prepares students for a variety of jobs within the food and lodging service industries.
IBCs available: ServSafe Food Handler and Business of Retail

Human Services Pathway focuses on careers in early childhood development and services that nurture and teach children in the pre-kindergarten setting.
IBCs available: Emergency Medical Responder

Information Technology Pathway prepares students for the design, development, installation, implementation, and maintenance of computer systems, software, hardware, networks, and cloud computing.
IBCs available: CompTIA IT Fundamentals, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop

Manufacturing Pathway prepares students to work in the process and production fields.
IBCs available: Electricity, Millwright and Welding

Pre-Educator Pathway provides K-16/pre-education program for both TOPS University and TOPS Tech diploma seeking high school students who intend to pursue a career in the field of education.
IBCs available: Louisiana Pre-Education

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Pathway focuses on the planning, managing, and moving of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water.
IBCS available: Auto Body, Auto Tech, and Logistics