Occupational Program Areas

Programs of Study

Agriculture Science and Technology

Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. Students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth, and career success.  Agricultural Education instruction is delivered through three major components: 1) Classroom/laboratory instruction (contextual learning), 2) supervised agricultural experience programs (work-based learning), and 3) student leadership opportunities and organizations (National FFA Organization).


National FFA Organization
Arkansas FFA

Business and Marketing Technology

The Business and Marketing Department administers a variety of programs and courses to help prepare students for college degrees and career fields in the business arena. Career and Technical Student Organizations FBLA and DECA offer a differentiated and application-based curriculum for students pursuing a career focus in a business program, bringing relevance and real-world connections to the classroom. The department is working to increase the number of industry certifications achieved by Arkansas students. It is the mission of the Business and Marketing Department that every student who completes a business program of study has the skills and credentials to achieve a successful career in their chosen field.


Arkansas DECA

Future Business Leaders of America
Arkansas FBLA

Curriculum and Career Guidance

Career Guidance ensures that public school students are provided the opportunity to learn through career discovery, development, and planning.


Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences prepares students to make informed choices regarding consumer education, food and nutrition, relationships, housing, and textiles and provides skills for careers in the Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Training, and Human Services career clusters.

Family and Consumer Sciences State Office
Arkansas Department of Career Education
#3 Capitol Mall - Room 600
Luther Hardin Building
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-1115
FAX: (501) 682-9440


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

Jobs for Arkansas Graduates (JAG)

Jobs for Arkansas Graduates (JAG) provides support to at-risk youth to encourage them to achieve high school graduation.  Along with academic support, JAG also provides work-based learning experiences that will lead them to further education and training and rewarding careers.  Arkansas’s JAG program is the state affiliate of the national organization Jobs for America’s Graduates.


Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

The STEM Education division provides leadership to STEM educators across the state and supports programs provided in comprehensive schools and technology centers. STEM programs provide a hands-on problem-based curriculum that allows students to explore opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Programs supported through this office include:

Project Lead The Way (PLTW):

  • Gateway to Technology Middle School Programs
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Biomedical
  • Computer Science
    • Drafting and Design
    • Mobile Application Development
    • Programming and Software Development
    • Computer Engineering Technology

Technology Student Association
Arkansas TSA

Trade and Industry

Trade and Industry are a group of instructional programs that prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills in one or more trade, technical, and/or professional occupations. Students will engage in activities and instruction enabling them to use, create, problem and control various technology resources; people, tools, machines, information, materials, energy, capital, and time. SkillsUSA or HOSA are integral in each instructional program respectively.  Students may participate in leadership activities and state and national competitions in the student’s area of interest.


HOSA Future Health Professionals