Stride Career Prep

Your student can take advantage of career-focused courses through Stride Career Prep.

What is Stride Career Prep?

Stride Career Prep is an innovative, tuition-free online program that combines traditional high school courses 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 several high-demand career fields. Utah-licensed 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 high-demand career fields:

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: Encompasses agricultural business and management, agricultural engineering, animal science, and horticulture. Learn more about Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.

Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, and Communications: Careers in multimedia broadcasting, news production, journalism, graphic design, animation, and special effects. Learn more about Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, and Communications.

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

Computer Science and Information Technology: 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 Computer Science and Information Technology.

Hospitality and Tourism: Careers in planning, managing, coordinating, and overseeing aspects of the service and entertainment industries including food and drink service, event planning, and travel. Learn more about Hospitality and Tourism.

Human Services: Careers in planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development. Learn more about Human Services.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security: Careers in law enforcement, security, and legal services. Learn more about Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security.

*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.

Learn More About Career Pathways

Hear from Meghan Merideth, Head of School for Utah Virtual Academy, as she provides information about the Stride Career Prep student experience.


Career-Focused Clubs

Stride Career Prep students can enroll in career clubs, also called Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs). CTSOs give students with similar career interests the opportunity to connect, practice professional skills, work on service projects, take field trips, and compete against other schools at the local, state, and national levels. In addition, teams from various schools compete against one another several times a year through competitions sponsored by one or more of the clubs.

Stride Career Prep at UTVA offers the following CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA
  • FBLA