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Communications Pathway

Is This You?
  • Can you work accurately with detailed information?
  • Can you read and follow directions?
  • Do you have artistic ability?
  • Do you visually like to express your feelings and ideas?
  • Do you have clear written and verbal communication skills?
  • Do you have observation skills?
  • Do you have the ability to work alone and in groups?
  • Are you creative and innovative?
  • If you answer yes to most of these questions, the Communications Pathway may be for you.

Communications careers include a variety of jobs in areas such as journalism, technical writing, foreign service, media, and digital design. Many of the skills learned in this area can be transferred to areas in business and human services. Because communication is a skill needed for success in working with people, this pathway is often considered a foundation skill for other areas.

Communications Career Opportunities by Educational Level
Technical Training or 2-Year College
Book Cover DesignerBroadcast Technician
CopywriterCourt Reporter
Desktop PublisherIllustrator
JournalistLayout/Pasteup Artist
Library Assistant/TechnicianMotion Picture Projectionist
Multimedia SpecialistPhotographer
PrinterPackaging Designer
Recording Studio AssistantScreen Writer
Technical IllustratorTechnical Writer
Television Script Writer

4-year College & Beyond
Film MakerForeign Language Interpreter
Graphic DesignerJournalist
Literary WriterMagazine Editor
Museum CuratorPlaywright
Print MakerProducer
Public Relations WriterPublisher
Radio ProducerScreen Writer Scriptwriter
TeacherTelevision Producer
Word Processor

Credit Transfers
This plan serves only as a general guideline. It is important to remember that the receiving school has the right to determine whether or not credits will transfer. For specific information regarding transfer of credit, students should consult an academic counselor at the institution to which he or she wishes to transfer credit.
Pathways Certificate: Students earning 4 credits with a 2.0 average in Communications electives listed in the following course clusters are eligible to receive a Career Tech Pathway certificate at graduation.

Grade 9 Course Cluster
Core Courses
Intro to Lit and Comp, English 9, or Intro to Lit and Comp (H)1Integrated Science or Biology1
Algebra I, Algebra Concepts & Applications, or Geometry (H)1Health 91/2
Physical Education I1/4US History or US History (H)1

Suggested Electives
2 1/4
Art IArt II Crafts and Ceramics IIntroduction to Broadcasting
Intro to Film & Special Effects ProductionJournalism Public SpeakingSculpture and Ceramics II
World Languages

Grade 10 Course Cluster
Core Courses
Survey of Lit and Comp, English 10, or Major American Writers (H)1Biology I, General Biology, or Chemistry I1
Plane Geometry, Geometry Concepts & Appl., or Algebra II (H)1US Government or US Government (H)1
Career & College Readiness or Career Exploration1/2Physical Education II1/4

Suggested Electives
2 1/4
AdvertisingArt III Drawing & Painting Aerie Literary MagazineArt Photo I and II
Communication SkillsDigital Design Basics Firebird YearbookFlyer Newsmagazine
JournalismMicrosoft Office Small Business ManagementAny listed grade 9 elective not taken

Grade 11 Course Cluster
Core Courses
US Lit and Comp, English 11, or AP English Language and Comp1 Physics I, Chem I, Material Science, AP Biology II, or AP Chem II1
Algebra II, Algebra IIA, Algebra II/Pre-calc (H) block, or Pre-calc (H)1 Social Studies Elective1/2

Suggested Electives
3 1/2
AP StudioArt Drawing AP 3d DesignArt Photo III
IB Visual ArtDigital Design (2 yrs.) Interactive Media (2 yrs.)Lifetime Relationships
Personal Financial ManagementTechnical Theatre (CHS 2 yrs.) Any listed grade 9 or 10 elective not taken

Grade 12 Course Cluster
Core Courses
Lit Appreciation and Comp, English 12 or AP English Language and Comp1 Social Studies Elective1/2 or 1
Algebra II, Algebra IIB, Pre-calc, Calc I, I & II, or III1 or 2 World History1/2

Suggested Electives
5 1/2
Any listed grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 elective not taken