CTE Pathways

Students in different stations of the Medical Health lab

Medical Health Science

Student at a computer with stylus

Animation and Game Design

Students working in the Biotechnology Lab


Guests being served at the bakery and coffee bar

The Broadmoor Bistro

Students in the engineering class at computers


5 students in law enforcement uniforms with police car

Law Enforcement Students

Group of staff and student with ambulance

EMT Training

3 students in fire rescue gear

Fire Rescue Training

International Baccalaureate

Career cluster pathways are designed to provide a smooth transition from high school to postsecondary education (technical colleges, community colleges and universities), apprenticeship opportunities, the military, and/or the workplace. Kansas stakeholders from education, business, and industry developed the courses that enable this transition. Kansas has developed 35 pathways that address the need for high skill, high wage, and high demand careers.

Shawnee Mission School District offers the following Career and Technical Education Pathway Clusters and fields of study. Additional information can be found in the Programs of Study and in your school's counseling office.

Signature Programs (designated *) provide high school students the opportunity to explore unique areas of study in preparation for specialized academic and future career opportunities. Students participating in Signature Programs receive targeted instruction that is both rigorous and relevant. These specialized programs reflect our district’s commitment to providing quality educational opportunities that will enable students to be successful in 21st century careers. 


Career and Tech Education Pathways


  • Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing

Architecture and Construction

  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Wood Design 

*Engineering - Project Lead The Way

  • Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Aerospace


  • Welding
  • Wood Design and Fabrication
  • Computer Aided Industrial Design

Mobile Equipment Maintenance/Auto Tech

*Culinary Arts and Hospitality

  • Culinary Arts
  • Commercial Baking
  • Restaurant Management
  • Catering

*Health Science

  • Health Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Sports Medicine

Journalism & Video Productions - Digital Media

Journalism & Video Productions - Digital Media

Visual Arts

  • Graphic Design (Art)
  • Digital Design (Business)
  • FAID - Fashion/Apparel/Interior Design

*Information Technology

  • Programming and Software Development
  • *Animation and Game Design

Teaching and Education

Teaching and Education

*Law, Public Safety and Security - Project Blue Eagle

  • Corrections, Security Law and Law Enforcement Services
  • Emergency and Fire Management Services