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Ensuring Success for Every Student: A Resource Guide for School Counselors

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Related Websites

American School Counselor Association
This professional organization works to support school counselors as they guide students in academic and social development.

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
ACTE is the largest national association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares students for careers.  The association promotes career-focused education through publications, teacher resources, professional development activities, and public policy initiatives.

High Schools That Work
An education reform model, developed by the Southern Regional Education Board, High Schools That Work (HSTW), emphasizes 10 key practices for improving high school education including opportunities for out-of-classroom education and higher standards for all students. HSTW looks for methods to improve student performance and helps schools apply them in their local settings.

National Centers for Career and Technical Education
A consortium of five universities noted for research in career and technical education, the National Centers use their website to make available a wealth of information on career-oriented education.

States’ Career Cluster Initiative 
This organization disseminates information on the 16 federally defined career clusters.  It has published brochures as well as knowledge and skills structures (catalogs of knowledge and skills required for different occupations) for each of the 16 clusters of jobs.  Both sets of publications are available online at the organization’s website.

Texas Education Agency 
Keep up with the latest developments in Texas education at the state’s education website.

Texas High School Project
The Texas High School Project is a $261million public-private initiative committed to increasing graduation and college enrollment rates in every Texas community.  The project is dedicated to ensuring that all Texas students leave high school  prepared for college and career success in the 21st-century economy.

U.S. Department of Education
Explore volumes of education information at the U.S. Department of Education website.

Career Planning Resources

America's Career Research Network
America's Career Resource Network (ACRN) consists of state and federal organizations that provide information, resources, and training on career and education exploration. The network is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and operates in every state and territory.

Bridges Transitions Co.
Bridges builds on a K – 16 Framework that aligns student planning and programs of study to career clusters and pathways. Bridges ignites the first spark of career awareness when students are still in elementary school with Paws in Jobland. By middle school, students start using Bridges' resources to increase self-knowledge and explore all their options, as they create a personalized Texas Achievement Plan (TAP) based on their assessment results. Once in high school, students plan their coursework based on their interests, aptitude, and career goals with an emphasis on college readiness. All work is saved in a lifelong online portfolio as students make the transition from middle school to high school and beyond. Self-directed resources, in English and Spanish, guide all students and their parents on a learning path toward secondary and postsecondary success. Meanwhile, Bridges' professional development services, customized to AchieveTexas implementation, empower educators to effectively demonstrate the relevance between classroom learning and career aspirations.

COIN Educational Products
EBSCO’s Career Guidance System (COIN) provides automatically generated, customized Texas Achievement Plans (TAP) specific to each school and each student based on national and Texas-specific Career Clusters; extensive reporting capabilities to help administrators make data-driven decisions; Spanish- and English-language Interest, Skills, and Self Assessments; a wealth of information on occupations, colleges, financial aid and more; as well as information management capabilities for both students and administrators. is being built by the U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with students. This site is intended to be the go-to source for information and resources about planning, preparing and paying for postsecondary education (such as 2- or 4-year colleges and universities, and vocational or career schools). Most importantly, is intended to provide inspiration and hope to all students, and encourage them to consider and pursue a postsecondary education.
Here is everything a Texan needs to know about preparing for, applying for, and paying for college or technical school.  And it's all in one up-to-date, easy to navigate mega site almost as big as the state itself.  And remember, $4 billion is available every year to help Texans attend college.

Career Cruising
Career Cruising is a user-friendly, web-based career exploration and planning program that helps students meet their educational goals and educators track their students' success.

Dual Credit Texas
This site provides a list of online and/or on-campus dual credit academic and CTE courses available to high school students through a collaboration of Texas community colleges.  Over 100,000 high school students are in dual credit courses each year. 

The Kuder system gives students resources to help them make better informed decisions in planning their futures.  Students have lifetime access to an education planner, resume builder, and educational and occupational exploration options.

Labor Market Career Information (LMCI)
This site provides students, teachers, parents, and counselors with links to products and services offered by LMCI.  Teachers and counselors will discover materials, tools, and information that will help them to provide effective career counseling.

My Dollars Facebook App

The College Board has partnered with MTV and Get Schooled to launch “My College Dollars,” a Facebook application that utilizes information from a user’s Facebook profile — including age, gender and state — to connect students with targeted financial aid opportunities. A few of the top features of My College Dollars:  Connects students with nearly $6 billion in available scholarship aid and $45 billion in federal and state grants; features video tutorials from talent and other influential experts on how to get the financial aid students need; connects students to existing social networks for support, guidance, and sharing and tracking each other's progress; integrates a calendar to help students track important dates and milestones; and features a dynamic "Ask the Experts" FAQ, in which selected user questions will be answered by a panel of experts on a regular basis.

National Career Pathways Network
The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) is a membership organization for educators and employers involved in the advancement of Career Pathways, CTE, and related education reform initiatives.

O*NET (Occupational Information Network)
Also available in schools and libraries, O*NET provides full information on occupations, including compensation, employment prospects, and skill matching for students.  Information on compensation is available on a state-by-state basis.

Reality Check
This site allows students to search for careers starting with the expenses they need to cover, the salaries they want to make, or their career choices.

Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state government agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook
This nationally recognized resource offers information on job responsibilities, earnings, working conditions, and job  prospects for the future.


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College & Career Related Resources for Grades P-12

CTE iPad Apps for 16 Career Clusters