Career And College Prep

Career and College Prep

Are you a 7th–12th grader looking to get a jump-start on your future? You can use your middle and high school years to figure out where you want to go and how to get there. In addition to core courses, you’ll take career-focused electives to explore your options and find your passion—all while earning your high school diploma. Discovering what you want to do now can prepare you to dive into a career right out of high school or help you make the right decision about your college major.

Career Fields

Take career-focused electives in the high-demand pathway of your choice:

You can also:

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Participate in career clubs

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Prepare to take industry-recognized certification exams upon graduation*

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Gain workplace skills

Job Shadow Week

Schools powered by K12 teamed up with businesses nationwide to give students the opportunity to explore different career fields while discovering their passions. Watch as our students experience Job Shadow Week.

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Career Clubs

WAVA students can enroll in career clubs, also called career technical service organizations (CTSOs). CTSOs allow students with similar career interests to connect, practice professional skills, work on service projects, take field trips, and compete against other schools at local, state, and national levels.

WAVA offers these career clubs:

SkillsUSA Membership

With curriculum that covers 130 job categories and more than 600 national partners—businesses, trade associations, and unions—SkillsUSA gives students the opportunity to:

  • Practically apply what they learn in the classroom
  • Take courses in addition to those offered by the WAVA course catalog
  • Participate in academic competitions and community service activities
  • Connect with like-minded students who have similar career and academic interests
  • Earn scholarships offered exclusively through SkillsUSA

Business Professionals of America (BPA)

BPA is one of the premier organizations for students pursuing careers in business and information technology. BPA is a co-curricular activity that enhances opportunities for students to participate in professional, civic, and service projects. Membership allows them to:

  • Connect with like-minded students who have similar career and academic interests
  • Participate in academic competitions and community service activities
  • Work toward earning industry-recognized certifications
  • Participate in the Torch Awards program, which guides service learning projects
  • Develop leadership skills by running for local or national office

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

This national CTSO is for students interested in the services surrounding families and consumers. Participation allows students to:

  • Build real-world skills
  • Explore career opportunities
  • Engage in events and competitions
  • Apply for scholarships and awards
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