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Choosing Programs of Study

The following sources will help students and adults create an education program that will lead to their chosen career. Be sure to advise students to seek out additional resources from state and local sources that will pinpoint particular options at local institutions.



College Readiness Begins in Middle School (PDF) (Word)
Report that finds while most middle and high school students are planning to go to college, few are taking a challenging college prep curriculum. Recommends that preparation for college begin in middle school, where students have time to plan a challenging high school curriculum.
Source: ACT, 2005

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Nationally recognized source of information on jobs and careers, including training and education needed required, expected earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

State Scholars Initiative
Program that involves business leaders in developing a rigorous high school curriculum and motivates students to take harder courses.
Source: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education