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California Colleges
The california Colleges platform provides high school students the tools to match their interests and skills to postsecondary college and career opportunities. They can take career assessments and use search tools to develop college, major, and career lists, write goals and journals, track activities, and read a variety of age-appropriate content to develop and expand their knowledge on all college, career, and financial aid planning topics. Students can also launch Cal State Apply, CCCApply, and FAFSA.
College Board Career Resources
For more information about getting to know yourself, questions to ask on a college visit and exploring life after high school.
MY FUTURE helps young adults plan their next steps in life by bringing together the most recently available information about colleges, careers and military service opportunities from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education and Labor. In addition to college admissions details, average salaries and employment trends, provides advice on everything from taking the SAT to interviewing for a first job to preparing for boot camp. Step-by-step planning checklists are also provided as a guide for users, and favorite job and school information can be saved for return visits.
Don't know how much money you will need to earn in the future? Don't know which occupation to choose? No problem! three options to help you choose.
An integrated career and college planning suite of web sites sponsored by American Education Services. It includes career interest quiz, directory of careers linked to personality type, college planning, information on financial aid and more. Available at:
A virtual career center where you can research industry sectors and career pathways, watch videos and look a lists of things to do when preparing for your career choice. This site connects students to over 2500 professional organizations, categorized by 15 career pathways.
Union apprenticeship programs in California offering excellent career opportunities. Available at:
This handbook is a national recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. A copy of this book is available in the Career Center. Available at:
The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations. Available at:
Members serve through more than 2,100 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations. They tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters. For 1-2 years of service, AmeriCorps members earn a living allowance, health care, and an education award to finance college or vocational training.
Job Corps is a vocational training and educational program for young people ages 16-24. Trainees can live on campus or at home while training for careers in areas such as clerical, health care, culinary and many others. They also have the opportunity to earn a GED or high school diploma and to take college courses as they train for a career. While with Job Corps, trainees have access to free medical and dental care, earn a living allowance, and will earn credit toward a lump-sum paid to trainees at graduation. Qualifications: age 16-24 from a low income home, etc. Information and application at
Peace Corps began in 1960 when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. Today more than 190,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 countries all over the globe. They've been teachers and mentors to countless children. They've helped farmers grow crops, worked with small businesses to market products, and shown women how to care for their babies. More recently, they've helped schools develop computer skills and educated entire communities about the threat of HIV/AIDS. Peace Corps Volunteers meet new challenges with innovation, creativity, determination, and compassion. These are the qualities that have allowed—and continue to allow the Peace Corps to achieve its mission. Check out their website
A list of colleges offering training in many different beauty disciplines such as hairstyling, nail technology, esthetics and skin care, makeup artistry and more. Information about education, licensing, careers and salary for the beauty trades.
A directory of colleges offering massage therapy training for students interested in a career in holistic health and wellness. Includes information about education, licensing, careers and salary of massage therapists in California.

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As the undergraduate college of our country’s naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Naval Academy students are midshipmen on active duty in the U.S. Navy. They attend the academy for four years, graduating with bachelor of science degrees and commissions as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Naval Academy graduates serve at least five years in the Navy or Marine Corps.