Destinations Career Academy

“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 Academy at MGLVA.

What is Destinations?

Destinations SealThe Destinations Career Academy at Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy (MGLVA) is an innovative, tuition-free online program that combines traditional high school academics with industry-relevant, career-focused electives—giving students a jump-start on their college and career goals. While working toward their high school diplomas, students can choose from a variety of courses in these high-demand career fields: Business Management, Health Science, Finance, and Marketing. Michigan-certified teachers provide live online instruction and tailor teaching to student needs. Students can participate in career-oriented clubs, gain workplace skills, and prepare to take industry-recognized certification exams in their chosen career path upon graduation.*

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

  • Business Management: Careers in finance, marketing, and planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Learn more about Business Management.
  • 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.
  • 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.

*Many Microsoft® Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who attend Destinations for at least two years will have further exposure to career readiness education courses to be best prepared for certification testing.

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

Lori Johnson, CTE Academic Administrator:

Laura Van Wormer, CTE Program Coordinator:

2019 Job Shadow Week

K12 and Destinations Career Academies teamed up with businesses across the nation to give students the opportunity to explore different career fields while discovering their passions. Watch as our students experience 2019 Job Shadow Week.

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