Indiana Connections Career Academy's Career Pathways

Online high school students at Indiana Connections Career Academy can select a career pathway from one of seven career and technical education (CTE) career clusters.
Career and Technical Education

Choosing a Career Path

Indiana Connections Career Academy is committed to providing our students with the tools necessary to explore and achieve their career goals. High school students complete a career-focused program of study while working towards graduation, thereby increasing the skills they can apply to the real world.

Students have the opportunity to complete a culminating capstone project focused on their career interest. Learn more about our career pathways, career centers, and career badges below.

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Career Clusters

Health Sciences

This career cluster is focused on planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

Career Pathway Options:

  • Biomedical Sciences and Technology
  • Pre-Nursing/Healthcare Specialist
  • Healthcare Medical Forensics

For Students Interested In:

  • Medical Assisting
  • Nursing
  • Healthcare Specialties
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Introduction to Health Science
  • Nutrition & Wellness / Adv Nutrn Well
  • Health Science Education I
  • Health Science Ed II: Nursing
  • Child Development / Adv Child Dev
  • Dual Credit Intro to Psychology
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Medical Science and Technology
  • Medical Forensics

Business Management and Administration

This career cluster is focused on entrepreneurial careers—planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions and activities essential to efficient and productive business operations—and reaching organizational objectives.

Career Pathway Options:

  • Business Operations and Technology

For Students Interested In:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Business Operations and Technology
  • Record Keeping
  • Business Communications
  • Business Capstone Project

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

This career cluster is focused on the production, processing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources.

Career Pathway Options:

  • Agriscience
  • Natural Resources

For Students Interested In:

  • Farming
  • Food Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Principles of Agriculture
  • Veterinary Science
  • Natural Resources
  • Sustainable Technologies
  • Biotechnology
  • Agriscience

Fashion, Textiles, and Design

Students will learn the basics of color and design, and then test their skills through hands-on projects. In addition, they’ll develop the essential communication skills that build success in any business.

Career Pathway Options:

  • Fashion Textiles and Design

For Students Interested In:

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Buying
  • Fashion Textile Design

Information Technology

This career cluster is focused on examining software engineering concepts and learning about security, privacy, and ethics in technology. Students also have the opportunity to earn certifications.

Career Pathway Options:

  • Cybersecurity

For Students Interested In:

  • IT Security
  • Computer Operations and Networks
  • Principles of IT
  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals
  • Advanced Cybersecurity

Hospitality and Tourism

Hospitality and Tourism encompasses the management and operations of restaurants and other food services. Students will learn about the food service industry through hands-on activities and in-depth study of the culinary arts field.

Career Pathway Options:

  • Culinary Arts

For Students Interested In:

  • Hospitality
  • Becoming a Chef
  • Culinary Arts
  • Hospitality 1
  • Hospitality 2

Human Services

Students will explore career options in the field of cosmetology, learning about the common equipment and technologies, and examining the skills and characteristics of a good cosmetologist.

Career Pathway Options:

  • Cosmetology

For Students Interested In:

  • Skin, Hair, and Nail Care
  • Cosmetology 1
  • Cosmetology 2
Career Education

Helping Indiana Students Succeed in the Workforce

Career exploration and readiness are the cornerstones of Indiana Connections Career Academy. By engaging in career education LiveLesson® sessions, completing career-facing activities, and demonstrating employability skills, students will earn badges, gain elective credits, and be better prepared for life after high school.

Career Badges

Students have the opportunity to earn badges throughout the course of a semester through their work at Indiana Connections Career Academy and within their communities. Grades are based on the number of badge points earned per semester.

The career badge categories listed below are recognized by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development as essential skills to possess in the workplace in order to achieve success:

  • Mindsets: Self Confidence, Life-Long Learning
  • Work Ethic: Self-Discipline, Independence, Perseverance, Time Management and Organization, Adaptability, Integrity, Professionalism
  • Social and Emotional Skills: Connection, Regulation, Collaboration
  • Learning Strategies: Effective Communication, Decision-Making, Initiative, Attention to Detail, Problem Solving, Aptitude Awareness
Work-Based Learning

Real-World Skill Development

Students can apply the learned concepts, skills, and dispositions in real world businesses and industry settings. A standards-based training plan is developed by the student, teacher, and workplace mentor to guide the student’s work-based learning experiences and assist in evaluating achievement and performance.

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Indiana Career Centers

Indiana Connections Career Academy has partnerships with a variety of career centers around the state, and we are happy to add more centers to the list. Students looking for hands-on experience can contact a career center that is local to them to learn more about applying. Indiana Connections Career Academy is a public high school that pays the tuition for our students who are accepted to an approved career center.

  • Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Center
  • Area 31 Career Center
  • Elkhart Area Career Center
  • J Everett Light Career Center
  • New Castle Career Center
  • Prosser Career Center
  • Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center
  • Greater Lafayette Career Academy




Whether preparing for college or a career, we help students earn industry-relevant credentials and certificates, which can help you save on future education costs. See our certificate options below:

  • OSHA 10
  • Python
  • Red Cross CPR and First Aid
  • Coding

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