Through Milton Hershey School’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, students begin exploring career options and developing career technical skills as early as elementary school. Throughout middle school and high school, students narrow their areas of interest and commit to one career concentration in 10th and 11th grades.
With specialized classes, professional workplace learning experiences, industry-recognized certification opportunities, and state-of-the-art amenities such as an on-campus courtroom, forensics lab, automotive shop, and culinary arts kitchen, MHS students have the tools and resources to prepare for the 21st century workforce.
Students can choose from the following 11 career pathways—click on the image to learn more about each concentration:
Agriculture & Natural Resources
This pathway gives students hands-on experience with crops, floriculture, beef cattle, goats and horses. Since Mr. Hershey included agricultural instruction in the Deed of Trust, this is one of the most historic pathways offered.
Students gain experience in the automotive field by learning how to service and maintain automobiles. The program provides specific lessons on brakes, steering, suspension and engine performance.
Business/Financial Management & Accounting
Students develop leadership skills and work with technology to prepare for carers in finance, marketing, advertising, sales, management and entrepreneurship.
Computer Science & Innovation
To prepare students for careers in Information Technology, the pathway introduces students to web development, data communications, computer programming, and maintenance of computer hardware and software.
Carpentry and Construction
Students learn the fundamental skills to succeed in the construction industry. They participate in all phases of on-site construction and help build homes in the local community.
For students who are interested in culinary arts, this pathway incorporates a mix of theory and hands-on work. Students learn about various cooking methods, ingredients, recipes, safety and sanitation, food costs, marketing and menu design.
Education & Human Services
Students explore careers in education, social work, counseling, and other related areas. They will discover the professional expectations and degree requirements for careers in this field, hear from guest speakers who are experts in the field, take part in observational and collaborative learning experiences with elementary students, participate in work-based learning experiences, and be encouraged to engage in internships related to their specific area of interest.
Electronic Media and Journalism
Students gain skills in writing, research, production, time management and shooting videos. With an on-campus television studio and advanced equipment, students prepare for careers in broadcasting, journalism and media relations.
Engineering and Design
Students who plan to study engineering, architecture or advanced design in college can develop their skills in this pathway. They will study natural sciences, mathematics, reading and writing, and computer-aided design application.
Graphic Communication Technologies
For students who are interested in graphic design, print production and digital art, this pathway allows them to experience the process of creating real-world products. They learn about digital file preparation, image capture, binding and finishing, measurement and interpersonal skills.
Students prepare for health-related careers that involve treating injuries and illnesses. They can choose to receive specific instruction in therapeutic, diagnostic, support services, health informatics, or biotechnology research and development.
Law, Public Safety and Security
With a courtroom and forensics lab on campus to enhance classroom instruction, students learn about different types of law, the criminal justice process and how to investigate crime scenes. They also develop their public speaking, legal writing and research skills.