The Destinations Career Program

“Participation in skills-training programs has increased wages and earnings, raised the probability and consistency of employment, and led to work in higher quality jobs.”  

Your student can prepare for college and career with the Destinations Career Program at MGLVA.

What is Destinations?

Destinations SealDestinations gives students exposure to relevant skills from career technical education (CTE) courses built around four career fields, allowing them to explore occupations of interest. These engaging, content-rich courses expand the traditional education experience and maximize a student’s ability to succeed in the community and workforce. Successful completion of these courses may help students prepare for industry certification tests after graduation.*

CTE courses are based on the knowledge and skills required for each career pathway in the following in-demand career fields:

  • Business Management and Administration: Careers in planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Learn more about Business Management and Administration.
  • Finance: Careers in recording, classifying, summarizing, analyzing, and communicating financial information/transactions; managing and implementing capital structure; budgeting; acquisition and investment; financial modeling and planning; funding; dividends; and taxation decision-making. Learn more about Finance.
  • Marketing: Careers in planning, directing, and providing marketing communications, strategy, advertising, promotion, and public relations activities. Learn more about Marketing.
  • Health Science: Careers in planning, managing, and providing therapeutic
    services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and
    biotechnology research and development. Learn more about Health Science.

*Please note: Only students who participate in The Destinations Career Program for at least two years will have enough exposure to CTE courses to be best prepared for certification testing.

For questions specific to the Destinations Career Program at MGLVA, please contact:

Lori Johnson, CTE Academic Administrator:

Laura Van Wormer, CTE Program Coordinator:


Career-Focused Clubs

Destinations students have the opportunity to join several career-focused clubs.


DECA is a not-for-profit student organization in high schools and colleges around the globe that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Founded in 1946, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators, and business professionals.

Participation allows students to:

  • Practice key leadership skills such as goal setting, consensus building, and project management
  • Explore professional options, discover new career paths, and access new opportunities
  • Connect with like-minded students who have similar career and academic interests
  • Take part in programs and activities that use the latest technology and apply cutting-edge research


HOSA, an international student organization, works to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. Founded in 1976, HOSA empowers students to become leaders in the global health community.

Participating students are encouraged to:

  • Develop effective leadership qualities and skills
  • Make realistic career choices and seek successful employment in the health care field
  • Learn and identify current health care issues, environmental concerns, and survival needs of the community, the nation, and the world
  • Get involved in local, state, and national health care education projects

Business Professionals of America (BPA) Membership

BPA is one of the premier organizations for students pursuing careers in business and information technology. Though there isn't an MGLVA-specific chapter, students can participate on a national level. A co-curricular activity, BPA enhances opportunities for students to participate in professional, civic, and service projects. Membership allows them to:

  • Connect with like-minded students who have similar career and academic interests
  • Participate in academic competitions and community service activities
  • Work toward earning industry-recognized certifications
  • Participate in the Torch Awards program which guides service learning projects