The future is not just something that happens to you—it's something you build yourself. In fact, whether you know it or not, you've been working on this project ever since you first started figuring out what things you do well and how you like to spend your time.

Those personal likes and dislikes go into deciding what work you want to do when you get out of school. The easiest way to get a handle on your future is to wake up to the fact that you control it now, that what you do at work and at play is all part of building your own personal story, and that you can start now to steer your life in the direction you want it to go.

JCPS wants to help you take this important step. To help every student pursue high-skill, high-wage professional careers needed in Louisville, we offer five Professional Career Themes across our high schools. Overall, JCPS schools offer more than 100 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs that help prepare students for a vast range of careers—everything from engineering, law, and computer science to television production, sports medicine, and graphic design.

These classes aren't just an enjoyable way to spend the school day. They offer solid preparation for your future. To develop the programs, JCPS worked with local and regional businesses to make sure the classes help you get ready for today's—and tomorrow's—most rewarding college and career opportunities. Because local companies, community organizations, colleges, and universities partner with JCPS schools to support the programs, you get guidance from professionals who are experts in their fields. And, because many courses offer college credit as well as job shadowing, professional certification, co-ops, internships, and/or apprenticeships, you'll graduate with a credentialed diploma that gets noticed by colleges and employers.

Programs by Career Theme

The 5-Star Professional Career Themes offered at different high schools are divided into smaller, more specific programs so students can concentrate on the careers that interest them most. The programs vary from school to school, so make sure you find out which programs are offered in the high schools you're considering. Ready to learn more about CTE? Download the 5-Star Schools guide book.

Human Services, Education, and International Studies

  • Education
  • Human Services
  • International Studies
  • International Business
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Science
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Vet


  • Aeronautics
  • Construction
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Pre-Engineering

Communication, Media, and the Arts

  • Broadcast Media
  • Performance Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Graphic Design and Print Technology

Medicine, Health, and the Environment

  • Allied Health
  • Environmental Studies
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Sports Medicine

Business and Information Technology

  • Business
  • Computer Maintenance and Support Services
  • Computer Networking
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Programming