What is Career and College Prep?

Are you a 6th–12th grader looking to get a jump-start on your future? You can use your middle and high school years to figure out where you want to go and how to get there. In addition to core courses, you’ll take career-focused classes to explore your options and find your passion—all while earning your high school diploma. Discovering what you want to do now can prepare you to dive into a career right out of high school or help you make the right decision about your college major.

Career Fields

Take career-focused courses in the high-demand pathway of your choice:

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You can also:

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Participate in career clubs

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Gain workplace skills

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Prepare to take industry-recognized certification exams upon graduation*

Job Shadow Week

Schools powered by K12 teamed up with businesses nationwide to give students the opportunity to explore different career fields while discovering their passions. Watch our students experience Job Shadow Week.

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Career Clubs

MGLVA students can enroll in career clubs, also called career technical service organizations (CTSOs). CTSOs allow students with similar career interests to connect, practice professional skills, work on service projects, take field trips, and compete against other schools at the local, state, and national levels. MGLVA offers these career 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


An international student organization, HOSA 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
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*Many Microsoft®️ Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who participate in the program for at least two years will have further preparation for certification testing.