Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:
Thank you for your ongoing efforts to prepare California’s students for college and career success. Your students’ ingenuity, creativity, and intellect must be nurtured if we are to develop the critical thinkers, high-level problem solvers, and lifelong learners necessary for a thriving America. For many young people, the future may hold unknown challenges, not the least of which is selecting a career path. For schools, the challenge is guiding and facilitating academic success as students determine their education and vocational pursuits.
As highlighted in my Career Readiness Initiative, a key component in supporting student academic preparation is to incorporate effective career exploration and planning skills, especially during early high school years. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Career Exploration Program (ASVAB CEP) is offered by the U.S. Armed Services as a free resource for schools that can assist students interested in military career options or serve as a stand-alone comprehensive career guidance program.
There are no direct costs associated with using the ASVAB CEP. The test materials, test administration, resource personnel, and reference materials are provided at no cost to schools and students. Training for counseling staff and information briefs for the education community can also be arranged. Schools can select from one of eight available options regarding release of information to the military services, from sending results to the Recruiting Services seven days after test scores are mailed to not releasing any results to the Recruiting Services. Please note that even if schools choose to share the results with the military, parents can choose to opt out of sharing the results and need to be aware of this option.The ASVAB CEP was recently redesigned to be helpful to virtually all students, whether they are planning on immediate employment after high school in civilian or military occupations, or further education at a university, community college, or vocational institution. Educators may download formatted materials designed to support career-focused activities. The ASVAB CEP provides a full complement of career resources throughout the year, not just a session per school/per year, and schools can arrange assessment by grade levels and/or departments. In essence, schools can tailor the ASVAB CEP resources to meet their specific needs.
Program information is available on the ASVAB CEP Web site at http://www.asvabprogram.com/. A downloadable Counselor Guide is available under the Educators and Counselors tab. You can contact the ASVAB CEP by phone at 1-800-323-0513 and you will receive contact information for the nearest Education Services Specialist in your area.
In addition to the ASVAB CEP, the U.S. Army also offers the March2Success program. March2Success is an online, self-paced course that is designed to improve student performance on standardized tests while enhancing math, science, and English skills. March2Success is totally free to all California schools. More information can be found on the March2Success Web site at https://www.march2success.com/.
Please share this information with your high school principals and regional occupational center program directors.
If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact John Merris-Coots, Education Programs Consultant, California Career Resource Network Program, by phone at 916-324-8151 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.