Career Readiness emphasizes the importance of all students from Kindergarten to 12th grade having systematic exposure to a wide variety of careers that are available and that match their passions and interests. In middle school and high school, students will narrow down their career aspirations and select a pathway or endorsement that will provide them with a sequence of courses to prepare them for their future career and college major.
- Choose your endorsement or Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway of study and take the courses that will best prepare you for your future.
- Take a practicum course at the end of your pathway and earn a professional certification while in high school.
- Participate in job shadow opportunities.
- Use elementary, middle and high school to learn about as many careers as possible.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are dedicated to preparing young people to manage the dual roles of family member and wage earner. CTE programs enable students to gain entry-level employment in a high skill, high wage job and/or to continue their education.
Military - The military can offer a challenging and rewarding career option for students wanting to serve their country. There are multiple ways to pursue a military career.
Academies - A highly competitive educational institution which prepares candidates for service in the officer corps of the army, navy, air force, or coast guard, which normally provides education in a service environment. Academies cover all educational and living expenses in exchange for five years of military service as an officer after graduation. Selection into the Academies often requires a congressional nomination, athletic ability, and high academic achievement. Military Academies are available for the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Merchant Marine.
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) - A college-based program for training commissioned officers of the United States armed forces. The ROTC offers a scholarship that helps with educational expenses. Check university ROTC websites for details. Each military branch has their own ROTC scholarship page (Navy, Army, Air Force)
Enlisting - Enlisting in active duty of the military (Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, or Marines) or in the reserves requires a commitment for 4-5 years. Visit your campus College and Career Resource Center to speak to a representative of the military.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) - Most military affiliated programs will require you to take the ASVAB. This test has questions that are similar to the SAT and ACT, but is broader in assessing possible career readiness skills. ASVAB practice tests are available online.