NAF academies focus on growing industries and those that support the workforce needs and interests of local business communities.

Students take career-focused courses in conjunction with their general requirements, coupled with work-based learning activities that provide practical learning experiences that complement the academic learning structure.

NAF offers curriculum for the following career pathways and also approves programs of study that align with the National Career Clusters Framework.

All approved courses qualify for NAFTrack certification.

Data below are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.



The Academy of Finance curriculum covers banking and credit, financial planning, global finance, securities, insurance, accounting, and economics. The Academy of Finance curriculum and certification is validated by the Council for Economic Education. Click here for more information.

Health Sciences

The Academy of Health Sciences curriculum includes courses on biotechnology, anatomy, physiology, and global health. Academies may use Biomedical curriculum from Project Lead the Way Inc. (PLTW) or the Health Sciences Careers curriculum from Paxton-Patterson. HOSA—Future Health Professionals also provides opportunities for students to build college and career-readiness skills. The National Consortium for Health Science Education provides an online module for work-based learning. Click here for more information.

Hospitality & Tourism

The Academy of Hospitality & Tourism curriculum includes courses on event planning, customer service, geography for tourism, hospitality marketing, and sustainable tourism. The curriculum has received industry validation from the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership. Click here for more information.

Information Technology

The Academy of Information Technology curriculum covers computer networking, systems, database design, digital video production, graphic design, web design, and programming. In addition, Juniper Networks has agreed upon a program of study, linked to NAF assessments, that will qualify students for its professional training program and earn a Juniper certificate. Academies may also use computer science curriculum from Project Lead the Way, Inc. (PLTW) and select courses from Cisco. Click here for more information.

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