Now is the time to seriously begin researching and thinking about your life after high school. This project will give you the time and resources to do just that. You will be deciding the direction of your research. You will have three options from which to choose.
College Option 1
Choose five colleges/universities to research. This option will have you choosing a “reach” school, three “middle of the road” schools, and one “safe” school to complete your research. You will have to complete the Common Application OR the Universal Application either online or on paper. (If you complete online, you must print off a copy or some sort of proof that is was complete.) One of the components will be what careers will be available to you if you choose to pursue this major. Fill out the Career Opportunities Form after completing your research.
This is what you will have to hand into your teacher: 5 college forms, 1 college application, and career opportunity form.
Apprenticeship Option 2
Choose two post-secondary technical schools, two apprenticeships, and one community college to research. This option will have you completing either the common application or universal application for a college OR completing an application for an apprenticeship either online or on paper. It is up to you to find an apprenticeship and its application that you would like to apply for. One of the components will be what careers will be available to you if you choose to pursue an apprenticeship or a technical field of study. Fill out the Career Opportunities Form after completing your research.
This is what you will have to hand into your teacher: 2 tech college forms, 2 apprenticeship forms, 1 community college form, 1 college application or 1 apprenticeship application, and career opportunity form.
Military Option 3
Choose one post-secondary technical school, two apprenticeships, and two branches of the military to research. This option will have you completing the ASVAB test (required for military service) as part of the military and Option 3 requirement. (You will access a practice ASVAB test online through INFOhio. You will receive separate instructions on how to gain access to this required test. As part of your packet, you will have to print off the results.) One of the components will be what careers will be available to you if you choose to pursue an apprenticeship, military training program, or attend a tech school. Fill out the Career Opportunities Form after completing your research.
This is what you will have to hand into your teacher: 1 tech college form, 2 apprenticeship forms, 2 military branch forms, results of ASVAB test, and career opportunity form.
ROTC Option 4: Choose three colleges (that offer ROTC program), ROTC program, and one branch of service to research. This option will have you completing the Common Application OR the Universal Application either online or on paper. (If you complete online, you must print off a copy or some sort of proof that is was completed.) One of the components will be what careers will be available to you if you choose to pursue this major. Fill out the Career Opportunities Form after completing your research.
This is what you will have to hand into your teacher: 1 ROTC Form, 3 college forms, 1 military form, 1 college application, and career opportunity form. **Choose a college or military career form. Either will be accepted. **
Attention CCP Juniors and Seniors:
26 Question Quiz to help you narrow down a major. Click the link and get started.
MyPlan is100% independent and unbiased, MyPlan.com gives you the truth about colleges, careers and majors. Their research and data is the most comprehensive you’ll find anywhere on the subject. And, with dozens of easy-to-use tools, they’ve made getting to that information convenient, simple and fun.
College Simply College cost, admission and statistics to simplify your college search. This website will let you know where you stand in getting accepted into colleges of your choice. It will take into account your GPA, and ACT/SAT scores. It will tell you if it is a reach school for you or not. It will also give you an acceptance percentage rate.
University and Technical Schools
Sites to research Colleges (technical, 2-year, and 4-year)
College Board.org (You can find out ACT and SAT scores needed, enrollment, and cost here. You can also compare three colleges side-by-side for viewing.) Ohio Means Jobs This state site has a lot of information about schools, scholarships, jobs, etc. You must create an account in order to save items such as resumes, applications, etc.
Japanese Colleges and Universities An international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited Universities and Colleges in the world. 4icu.org includes 11,606 Colleges and Universities, ranked by web popularity, in 200 countries.
College Portraits A source of basic, comparable information designed for anyone to learn more about public 4-year colleges and universities. This site is FANTASTIC!! Find everything you need to know and compare your choices with a click of a button. (Directions on how to navigate this site is on the right-hand side under Forms and Documents.)
National Universities Rankings from US News and World Report. Then, insert the college/university of your choice. Some of the answers to your college worksheets can be found here.
10 Steps to Getting to College (from PBS)
WhiteHouse.gov (Fact Sheet: White House Unveils America’s College Promise Proposal: Tuition-Free Community College for Responsible Students)
BioOhio Information about careers and programs related to bioscience in Ohio
College Reality Check College cost comparison tool offered The Chronicle of Higher Ed
Discover E Information about engineering careers for educators from current engineering students
Federal Student Aid Estimate the cost of college and student loan payments
Financial Aid Resource
from Consumer Affairs NOTE:
You may need to log into IBoss in order to access the information.
College Affordability Guide OUR MISSION is to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make a high-quality education affordable. We analyzed 10,000,000+ data points from 5,000+ degree-granting colleges and universities across the US, looking for the most affordable colleges and degrees. Less than 10% of those schools made it into our rankings.
My Future Military careers and other career options for students to explore
Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates Information about internships and careers with the federal government
Real Money. Real World An interactive spending simulation for students to learn about the financial choices they will make as adults –offered by OSU Extension Offices
Smart About Money Budgeting ideas and tools for you now and in the future funded by National Endowment for Financial Education®
Soft Skills to Pay the Bills Resources offered by the U.S. Department of Labor about the soft skills necessity for the workplace.
What Can I Do with This Major This site will help you connect majors to careers.
National Center for Education Statistics The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.
eCampus Tours eCampusTours makes college a virtual reality at one convenient online location. Offers virtual college tours with 360° x 360° views of over 1300 different schools all in one eye-popping website!
Campus Tours Campus Tours builds video tours, photorealistic interactive campus maps, mobile walkding tours and custom data-driven multimedia applications for education, non-profit and government clients worldwide.
Parchment.com This website helps learners, educators, associations and employers securely send and receive education credentials online. Students can store transcripts, diplomas, certificates, etc. It makes it easier to store and no papers to lose. **Recommended by an LHS student. **
College View (Two-year college info)
Bankrate (Ranking of the Top 25 two-year colleges)
Big Future (tips on transferring from a 2-year to a 4-year school)
The Best Schools (This includes two-year, four-year, and online degrees)
GetEducated.com (Guide to Online Colleges)
National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
Scholarship.com (Scholarships available plus pros and cons of two-year colleges, etc. )
Guide to Online School (Costs)
BestColleges.com This website has user-friendly guides and rankings that lead students of all ages on their personal path to a college degree. This website helps students find schools that best meet their needs.
StartClass.com Education research website that provides students, parents, and educators with everything thy need to confidently research education options.
A2Z Colleges (two-year college information)
PayScale.com (List of two-year schools that have the highest paid graduates)
Office of the U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.
Fastweb.com Online resource to help you find scholarships for school.
NCAA Eligibility Center (High School Portal) This site is excellent for high school athletes who are attending college.
Accredited Online Schools and Colleges A searchable directory of accredited schools that will help you find the college(s) that fit your educational needs.
Financial Aid Info An award-winning site that has grown into the most comprehensive source of students financial aid information, advice and tools on and off the web.
Transitioning to College (from Kent State Libraries)
ISEEK Career and College Information A comprehensive career, education, and job resource. It is sponsored by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and maintains partnerships with several state agencies and organizations.
Technical Schools Information
U.S. Department of Education A list of accredited schools -- the information is without warranty and this does not mean that the schools listed are endorsed by the US Dep't. of Education only that they have received an accreditation.
Ohio Higher Ed – Technical Schools Info
Go College – Trade School Info
National Center for Education Services – Career and Technical Ed. Stats
Apprenticeship Programs and Information
My Next Move – An interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person’s interests and level of work experience.
Work Force One This online community is dedicated to 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship and its members and partners sharing one goal—developing and maintaining a strong training model for all industries in need of skilled workers and for all workers and job seekers needing a leg up to a better life and long-term career.
United States Department of Labor
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Registered Apprenticeship programs teach high-level skills for today's workplace. Ohio has more than 1,100 registered apprenticeship programs in fields as diverse as: construction, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and utilities. Each program includes, at a minimum, 2,000 hours of structured on-the-job training and 144 hours per year of related technical instruction.
Employment and Training Administration – USDOL is an unique, flexible training system that combines job- related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences. Registered Apprenticeship is a leader in preparing American workers to compete in a global 21st Century economy because the system keeps pace with advancing technologies and innovations in training and human resource development.
NY Times – An article about apprenticeships in the digital age.
US News and World Report – Financial Aid for Apprenticeships
Disney World – Apprenticeships and Internships
Career Builder – Apprenticeship Jobs
All About Careers – Apprenticeship info
Careers in Construction – All about Apprenticeships
NEVA and IBEW — Electrician
National Electrical Contractors Association — Electrician
United Association of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, and Service Techs –Plumbers
E-Plumbing Courses — Plumbers
Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program — Boilermakers
Boilermakers.org — Boilermakers
California Carpenters Apprenticeship Coordinators Association –Carpenters
Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program –Carpenters
Carpenter-Employers Apprenticeship & Training Trust Fund of Washington-Idaho –Carpenters
Dental Assistants (Study.com) — Dental Assistants
Dental Assisting National Board, INC.
— Dental Assistants
Heavy Equipment and Machine Operators
International Union of Operating Engineers –Heavy Equipment Operator
Learn.org — Machine Operator
HVAC Classes – Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
HVAC Trade Schools – Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
HVAC Training Solutions – Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
Upper Ohio Valley Building & Construction Trades Council – Millwrights
Union Millwright –Millwright
Ohio Firefighters — Firefighter/EMT
Ohio Emergency Medical Services — EMT
Ohio State Highway Patrol
International Association Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers –Iron Workers
Welding Schools Guide –Welding
American Red Cross – Nursing Assistants
Ohio Medical Career College – Nursing Assistants
Federal Aviation Administration – Air Traffic Controller
Colleges and Degrees.com – Air Traffic Controller
Today’s Military (This site will give you the basic 5-step process for enlisting.)
Careers in the Military (This site is provided as a public service by the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center.) **Excellent resource**
ASVAB Tests NOTE: Choose The 5th edition (through Ohio Means Jobs)
Army Active Duty Requirements
Army Specialized Training
Green Beret Training
Marine Active Duty Requirements
Marine Specialized Training
Marine Special Forces
Navy Active Duty Requirements
NAVY Training Centers
Air Force Active Duty Requirements
Air Force Specialized Training
Air Force Special Forces
Coast Guard Active Duty Requirements
United States Coast Guard
Go Coast Guard
National Guard Active Duty Requirements
National Guard Careers
Officer Training School (all branches)