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Nebraska Career Information System

Program Goals and Emphasis

The Nebraska CRN’s objectives or emphases include the following areas. 1) support for the Nebraska Career Information System (NCIS) to provide services as the career information delivery system for the schools in the state; 2) provision of computer-based systems with information, assessments, curriculum, and career planning tools for use with students through NCIS; 3) training for educators throughout Nebraska on career planning and education; and 4) publication and distribution of the Careers and Education in Nebraska magazine to students at no charge.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Agriculture remains a key sector. Food processing and manufacturing of farm equipment are related industries. The transportation and service sectors are expected to have the strongest employment growth, followed by financial services. The state is seeking growth in food processing companies, internet-based business, alternative fuels, biotechnology, software development and electronics manufacturing.

The April 2005 unemployment rate was 3.9%, as compared to 3.7% in April 2004.
Key Economic Sectors

• Agri-business
• Government
• Health Care& Social Assistance
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• Activities in Nebraska are centered on the Nebraska Career Information System, which provides an Internet-based range of activities, resources and materials. Resources include Reach for Your Dreams and CareerTrek for elementary school students, Countdown 9-8-7 for middle school students, CIS for high school students, and QCR-Quick Career Reference for students, parents and educators. QCR contains both national and Nebraska-specific information.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Nebraska has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Clusters
• Career Development Portfolios
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Career Planning for All Students
• Career Information System for Internet for Pre-service Students in School Counseling Programs
• Computer-Aided Guidance Systems Presentations
• So Many Products, So Little Time: Choosing Programs and Materials for Career Development
• So, You Want to Get a Job
• The Real Game Series
• Using Career Planning as a Tool in Cooperative Education
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools59
Middle Schools 29
High Schools 155
Community Colleges 6
4-Year Colleges/Universities 5
Other 29

Primary Resources

Nebraska has published the following resources:
• Career Tabloids
• The Real Game
• Career Development Portfolios
• Facilitating Career Development
• National Career Development Guidelines

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• Nebraska Workforce Development
• Education Quest Foundation
• Nebraska Commission for Postsecondary Education
• Nebraska Career Information System

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Contact Person
Donna Vrbka
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Phone: (402) 471-4811
Fax: (402) 471-0117
e-mail: [email protected]
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State Administrative Location

Nebraska Department of Education

Regional Contact Information