Destinations Career Academy
Your student can prepare for college and career with the Destinations Career Academy at ARVA.
What is Destinations?
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 high-demand career fields. 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 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.
- 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.
- Family and Consumer Services—Careers in consumer education, food and nutrition, relationships, housing, and textiles. Learn more about Family and Consumer Services
- Curriculum and Career Guidance
*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 prepared for certification testing.
Learn More About Career Pathways
Hear from Amy Johnson, Head of School at Arkansas Virtual Academy as she provides information about the Destinations student experience.
Destinations students have the opportunity to join several career-focused clubs.
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national Career Technical Student Organization for students interested in the services surrounding families and consumers.
Participation allows students to:
- Build real-world skills
- Explore career opportunities
- Engage in events and competitions
- Apply for scholarships and awards
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
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
Technology Student Association (TSA)
TSA is a national, nonprofit CTSO of middle school and high school students who are engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Since TSA was chartered in 1978, over 5,000,000 student have benefited from membership.
Students in TSA can:
- Compete in a wide variety of STEM competitions—from biotechnology and cybersecurity to STEM animation
- Participate in intracurricular activities and community service
- Gain 21st-century leadership skills