The Professional Studies Program (PSP) gives PALCS students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to discover their skills and interests within three high-demand career clusters: Information Technology, Hospitality and Tourism, Business Management and Administration.

Students will complete online courses, which earn elective credits toward graduation. Courses are provided in partnership with Fuel Education’s Career Readiness Pathways CTE program. These courses will prepare students to complete an external, industry-recognized certification exam, such as a National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) exam.

Art Certificates

Students will meet with the PSP coordinator via virtual classroom once each week. Students will also complete a number of enrichment activities during their enrollment in the program, including:

  • Completing small projects or activities
  • Viewing Virtual Field Trips (live or recorded)
  • Seeking volunteer and job shadowing opportunities
  • Creating and maintaining an online portfolio/resume

Clusters and Pathways

The three available PSP career clusters are similar to majors. Each of the three career clusters is then further divided between three and seven pathways, like specializations within majors.

Clusters (major career fields) Pathways (tracks/specializations)
Business Management and Administration Administrative Support (Microsoft Office Certification)
Business Information Management (Accounting)
General Management
Hospitality and Tourism Food Science and Nutrition
Food Service and Hospitality
Travel and Tourism
Information Technology Information Support and Services
Programming and IT Support: Java
Programming and IT Support: Python
Programming and IT Support: C++
Programming and IT Support: Web/HTML
Web and Digital Communications: Adobe
Web and Digital Communications: Game Design


Learn more about the PSP Pathways »

PSP Coordinator

Mrs. Carrie Longstreth

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Student Network & Professional Studies Program Coordinator