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Career Counseling

Resources for career counseling to assist students and adults in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable a successful transition from school to work.

Career planning resources are part of a comprehensive school counseling program designed to guide students through a successful transition from school to viable postsecondary options and to develop the career self-management skills necessary for life-long career success.

Armed Services Vocational Assessment Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program External link opens in new window or tab.
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is intended for use with students in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades, as well as students in post-secondary schools. The Program provides tools, including the test battery and interest inventory, developed by the Department of Defense to help high school and post-secondary students across the nation learn more about career exploration and planning.

California Career Center External link opens in new window or tab.
The California Career Center is a career and college exploration and planning portal for middle and high school students.

California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) External link opens in new window or tab.
CalCRN provides career development resources and training to school counselors, teachers, administrators and counseling paraprofessionals. Resources include The Real Game Series, the California Career Planning Guide, and the California CareerZone.

California CareerZone External link opens in new window or tab.
California CareerZone is a exploration and planning resource designed especially for students. Jobseekers, educators, and counselors will also benefit from the wealth of information on 900 occupations from the Occupational Information Network (O*Net) database.

CareerOneStop External link opens in new window or tab.
CareerOneStop is an integrated suite of national Web sites that help businesses, job seekers, students, and workforce professionals find employment and career resources. CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, includes three core products:

Employability Skills Framework External link opens in new window or tab.
The Employability Skills Framework is a one-stop resource for information and tools to inform the instruction and assessment of employability skills.

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education External link opens in new window or tab.
Features a list of professional development speaker series, resources, exemplary and promising programs, publications, and live chats with experts.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills External link opens in new window or tab.
The Partnership is an advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education. The organization brings together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to define a powerful vision for education to ensure every child's success as citizens and workers in the 21st century.

Pathways to Prosperity Network External link opens in new window or tab.
The Pathways to Prosperity Network, a collaboration of states, Jobs for the Future, and the Pathways to Prosperity Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education, seeks to ensure that many more youth complete high school and attain a postsecondary credential with currency in the labor market. Each participating state is engaging educators and employers in building a system of grades 9-14 career pathways, combining high school and community college. Such pathways are intended to launch young people into initial careers while leaving open the prospect of further education.

Standards for Career Ready Practice (PDF)
Standards for Career Ready Practice describe the fundamental knowledge and skills that students need to prepare for transition to postsecondary education, career training, or the workforce.

State Center Consortium External link opens in new window or tab.
The Consortium and its partners work to provide students with resources to build upon their college and career goals.

Professional Organizations

Alliance of Career Resource Professionals (ACRP) External link opens in new window or tab.
State organizations that provide information, resources and training on career and education exploration. Organizations formerly known as ACRNA and ACSCA are now ACRP.

California Career Development Association External link opens in new window or tab.
The California Career Development Association is a professional organization whose membership is inclusive of all career development service providers, including counselors, educators, technicians, paraprofessionals, business professionals, and graduate students.

National Career Development Association (NCDA) External link opens in new window or tab.
A division of the American Counseling Association, NCDA provides service to the public and professionals involved with or interested in career development, including professional development activities, publications, research, public information, professional standards, advocacy, and recognition for achievement and service.

Questions:   John Merris-Coots | JMerris@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-8151
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