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 UTVA.

What is Destinations?

Destinations SealDestinations gives students exposure to relevant technical and specialty trade skills from career technical education (CTE) courses built around two 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:

  • 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
    .
  • Information Technology (IT): Building linkages in IT occupations for entry level,
    technical, and professional careers related to the design, development,
    support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems
    integration services. Learn more about Information Technology.

*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.

SkillsUSA Membership

Destinations students can join the SkillsUSA chapter at UTVA. With curriculum that covers 130 job categories and more than 600 national partners—businesses, trade associations, and unions—SkillsUSA gives students the opportunity to:

  • Practically apply what they learn in the classroom
  • Take courses in addition to those offered in the K12
    course catalog
  • Participate in academic competitions and community service activities
  • Connect with like-minded students who have similar
    career and academic interests
  • Earn scholarships offered exclusively through SkillsUSA