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We believe that students do better in school when what they're learning relates to the person they want to become. Put another way: learning should be (and feel) useful. That's just what we offer our career-minded students.

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iForward students can take a variety of vocational courses specifically designed to help them prepare for—and eventually get—the career of their dreams.

Of course, you don't have to know exactly what you want to do right now. You just have to know what interests you. We'll do our best to give you enriching learning experiences to match.

Career Clusters

iForward is proud to introduce five new career clusters designed to give students the essential knowledge and skills needed to succeed in Wisconsin's fastest-growing occupations and industries.

It's a new program, and we're eager to see how students react. And we'll continue to add courses as the job market changes, until students have all 16 nationally defined clusters to choose from.

In 2013:

Business Management, Administration & Finance

Careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations, or in planning and related services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance and business financial management.

Health Science

Planning, managing and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services and biotechnology research and development.

Hospitality & Tourism

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to restaurant and food/beverage services, lodging, travel and tourism, recreation, amusement and attractions.

Information Technology

Building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services.

Manufacturing

Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

In coming semesters:

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

The production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture and other plant and animal products/resources.

Architecture & Construction

Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism and entertainment services.

Education & Training

Planning, managing and providing education and training services, as well as related learning support services such as administration, teaching/training, administrative support and professional support services.

Government & Public Administration

Planning and executing government functions at the local, state and federal levels, including governance, national security, foreign service, planning, revenue and taxation and regulations.

Human Services

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care and consumer services.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Planning, managing and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

Manufacturing

Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

Marketing

Planning, managing and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives such as brand management, professional sales, merchandising, marketing communications and market research.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Planning, managing and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (such as, physical science, social science, engineering), including laboratory and testing services and research and development services.

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

The planning, management and movement of people, materials and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water as well as related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.