• CASA's College and Career Readiness Program

    Program Overview

    CASA's College and Career Readiness program is designed to connect students to post-secondary opportunities including colleges and universities, trade and technical schools, military service, apprenticeships, or workforce training.  Students are provided with a variety of experiences which will help them decide on a successful career pathway that pursues lifelong learning and productive citizenship.  CASA's artistic and academic disciplines embed the Pennsylvania Career and Work Standards into their individual curriculums.  Additional activities are planned throughout the year to assist every student in developing an individualized career plan.  

    Career Pathways

    Each pathway is a broad grouping of careers that share similar characteristics and competencies.  Students will each select a primary and secondary pathway which most closely fits to potential career choices they are interested in exploring during their time at CASA.  Our staff members will use this information to help direct students to various opportunites to further explore this type of career pathway through field trips, job shadowing, post-secondary fairs, entrepreneurial experiences, and interview workshops.  CASA has developed a strong collaborative relationship with many businesses in downtown Harrisburg, as well as throughout Central Pennsylvania, which are utilized for these opportunties.  Our guidance counselor will also use a student's pathways to help direct them during the course selection process, to better prepare them for their post-secondary education and/or career.  Students will have the ability to modify their pathways as they grow and mature in their time at CASA.

    CASA uses the five pathway model.  Each pathway is also broken into different career clusters based on the various careers within each field.

    Arts and Communications Pathway - Developing students' knowledge, application, and aptitude for careers in artistic disciplines or mass communication. 

    Cluster Areas

    Performing Arts

    Visual Arts

    Publishing Arts

    Media and Mass Communciations

    Business, Finance, and Information Technology Pathway - Developing students' knowledge, application, and aptitude for careers in business, finance, or information services.

    Cluster Areas 

    Marketing, Sales, and Service


    Business Management

    Global Commerce

    Information Technology

    Engineering and Industrial Technology Pathway - Developing students' knowledge, application, and aptitude for careers in technologies related to design, development, installation, or management of physical systems.

    Cluster Areas

    Construction and Architecture


    Engineering and Engineering Technology

    Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

    Human Services Pathway - Developing students' knowledge, application, and aptitude for careers related to human and community needs.

    Cluster Areas

    Counseling and Personal Care


    Law, Public Safety, and Government

    Hospitality and Tourism

    Science and Health Pathway - Developing students' knowledge, application, and aptitude for careers related to scientific fields including health science, behavioral sciences, mathematics, and environmental science.

    Cluster Areas

    Health Science

    Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

    Science, Technology, and Math


    Student Career Plan Resources

    Career Interests and Assessments - Students can use the links below to access resources to identify their personal strengths, interests, skills, and aptitudes related to the different career pathways and cluster areas.  These resources should be used to complete the first page of their Student Career Plan.

    NERIS Personality Type Explorer 

    Skills Matcher

    Holland Types

    Career Clusters

    Career Exploration - Students can use the links below to access resources to explore different careers that would be appealing to each students based on their previously completed personal assessments.  Students will identify information about the requirements and skills of the careers they are interested in possibly persuing in the future.

    O*Net Online Occupation Search

    Occupational Outlook Handbook

    Career One Stop Occupation Profiles

    Post-Secondary Education Search


    If you would be interested in partnering with our school to provide one of these experiences, please contact Amanda Rhinehart at arhinehart@casa-arts.org.