Destinations Career Academy

Your student can prepare for college and career with the Destinations Career Academy at ARVA.

What is Destinations?

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The Destinations Career Academy at Arkansas Virtual Academy (ARVA) is a full-time, accredited, tuition-free online program that combines traditional high school courses with industry-relevant, career-focused electives—giving students a jump-start on gaining real-world skills they’ll need for college, career, or both. While working toward their high school diplomas, students can choose from a variety of courses in these high-demand career fields: Agriculture Science and Technology; Business and Marketing Technology; Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM); and Trade and Industry: Visual Arts. Arkansas-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 in-demand career fields:

  • Agriculture Science and Technology—Careers in the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources. Learn more about Agriculture Science and Technology.
  • Business and Marketing Technology—Careers in finance, marketing, and planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Learn more about Business and Marketing Technology.
  • Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)—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 Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).
  • Trade and Industry: Visual Arts—Careers in graphic design and advertising with applications in multiple fields. Learn more about Trade and Industry: Visual Arts.

*Many Microsoft® Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who attend Destinations for at least two years will have further exposure to career readiness education courses to be best prepared for certification testing.

2019 Job Shadow Week

K12 and Destinations Career Academies teamed up with businesses across the nation to give students the opportunity to explore different career fields while discovering their passions. Watch student’s experiences from the 2019 Job Shadow Week.

Career-Focused Clubs

Destinations students have the opportunity to join several career-focused clubs.


DECA is a not-for-profit student organization in high schools and colleges around the globe that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Founded in 1946, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators, and business professionals.

Participation allows students to:

  • Practice key leadership skills such as goal setting, consensus building, and project management
  • Explore professional options, discover new career paths, and access new opportunities
  • Connect with like-minded students who have similar career and academic interests
  • Take part in programs and activities that use the latest technology and apply cutting-edge research


The National FFA Organization is an intracurricular organization for students enrolled in an agriculture course. FFA is committed to providing students with a path to achievement in leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

Students in FFA can:

  • Build valuable skills through hands-on learning
  • Explore their interests in a range of agricultural careers
  • Participate in competitions based on real-world agricultural skills

SkillsUSA Membership

Destinations students can join the SkillsUSA chapter at ARVA. 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 by ARVA 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