About CTE Programs of Study

What is PCCS?

Partnerships for College and Career Success (PCCS) is a state and federal education initiative that supports partnerships to do the following:

  • Develop and implement career and technical education (CTE) Programs of Study based on the 79 pathways in 16 career clusters
    • Programs of Study prepare students for high-skill, high-wage careers offering a favorable job outlook. Each student has an individual plan that blends rigorous academics with career and technical education courses.
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  • Assemble the necessary stakeholders and resources to endeavor to transition students successfully and seamlessly into, through and out of CTE Programs of Study and into the work force
    • Stakeholders in the Southwestern Illinois PCCS include faculty, counselors and administrators at 23 area high schools, two area career centers and Southwestern Illinois College; three Education for Employment System directors; and relevant business and industry partners.

The Southwestern Illinois PCCS has developed Programs of Study to serve as a roadmap for career and technical education students to connect high school studies to at least two years of postsecondary education or apprenticeship and the workplace.  Programs of Study build strong academic foundations, equipping students with essential skills in math, science, technology, and written and oral communication.

Who should be interested in Programs of Study?

The Partnership and Programs of Study should be of interest to students, counselors, educators, parents, postsecondary institutions, employers and communities.


The level of education and training needed for jobs today has increased dramatically from previous decades. Most high-paying careers today require education beyond high school. PCCS and Programs of Study give students a solid foundation and the knowledge and skills necessary to transition successfully to postsecondary education. Programs of Study give students choices they may not have known were available. Students no longer drift through school without clear goals or any real vision for their future. They can set their sights on a career, discover what it takes to get there and begin preparing for a successful future.
 

The transition from high school to postsecondary education is smoother because of the sequential progression of coursework developed cooperatively by schools and employers. Workplace learning opportunities help students see how their academic subjects are actually used in the workplace and why they are important to future success. Programs of Study also give students the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school, thereby saving tuition dollars and completing career requirements sooner.

Learn more about Programs of Study at Clusters, Pathways and POS.