Websites for Middle & High School Students

The following sites include information about college and careers.

College Planning Labor Market Info. & Wages
Career Planning Employment
Self-Assessment Financial Aid
Choosing a Major Parents/College Prep. for Children 
Multiple Occupations For Teachers 
Specific Occupations & Populations   
Military Careers

College Planning

Career and College Search Center
Use either the College Search Scout or the CollegeMatch interactive search tools to find a college that matches your requirements.

This web site provides students with help in improving their essay applications and personal statements.

Students can use a keyword or custom search to identify schools 'best suited to your interests and personality'.  Then click on any college to determine a school summary, admissions criteria, campus life, academics, and financial aid.

Colleges and Careers
At this site, students can explore colleges and career schools, search for scholarships, find student loans, and discover careers and majors.

Education Online Search
This is a 'free college and career education portal to help you learn about careers and the schools offering education and degrees for the fields you choose'.  You can request college information by completing a simple online form.

For help in researching, applying and financing college, this web site provides a simplified search engine and current college information.

This is a comprehensive site dedicated to educating users about the multiple types of financial aid available to help pay for college:  Scholarships, loans, military aid, loans, fellowships, etc.  There are also samples of financial aid applications and calculators to determine college costs.  

First in the Family
A site with videos, facts, tips, checklists, resources, and inspirations from first generation students for others whose parents did not attend college.

According to their web site, they are the "leaders in test preparation and admissions consulting".  Additionally, customers can search for and enroll in Kaplan's classroom-based courses at more than 180 centers worldwide, access online test prep and admissions programs, sign up for private tutoring, and purchase books, software, and other retail products through the site's online store.

Making College Financial Planning Count
This free resource provides a comprehensive, interactive overview of the entire college financing process.

Mapping Your Future
A multipurpose site which helps you explore careers, prepare for college, pay for college, and manage your money.

Launched in 1997, this site "provides tools to help parents as well as educators teach children to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits.  This site has kid-friendly activities and strategies to help parents teach kids about the importance of fiscal responsibility.

Quintessential Careers:  Job and Career Resources for Teenagers
Resources include those for getting summer jobs, finding careers and colleges, applying for financial aid, and discovering college majors.
From this page, users can link on information about undergraduate, graduate, or online schools, test prep, study abroad, Greek organizations, and financial aid.

A free comprehensive SAT Test Prep program online with a catalog of materials including over 100 study guides, a database of 5,000+ SAT vocabulary building flashcards, practice quizzes, and simulated practice tests."
This web site enables students to search for colleges and financial aid by completing simple forms.  It also has some random other issues included such as driver education, student travel, and learn foreign languages resources.

US News Education
This is a fantastic web site which helps both students and parents learn about the 'best' colleges and how to pay for them.

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Career Planning

A Guide to Alternatives After High School
This is a link to a 90-page brochure which helps students with the question of , "What do I do after High School"?  This is produced by a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service.

Students can find wage and employment trends, occupational requirements, state-by-state labor market conditions, millions of employer contacts nationwide, and the most extensive career resource library online.

CareerZone - New York
This site offers tools for self-assessment and portfolio preparation, and gives information on various careers in six different fields. It also has New York job listings.

My Future
This site offers information on career and financial planning. It has a special section on military opportunities as well as career assessment and job search tools. 

Next Step Magazine
This site includes articles that give teenagers insights regarding career exploration. These articles are updated monthly and also archived.

Your Child's Career
This site is filled with facts, insights, stories, quizzes, and activities to help parents and students gain an understanding of the career planning process.

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Explore Your Career Opportunities - USAJOBS
Find and investigate jobs by interest.

Skills Search - O*Net
Identify occupations to explore by selecting skills from six different skill groups.

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Choosing A Major

Major Resource Kits
From the MBNA Career Services Center at the University of Delaware, Major Resource Kits link academic majors to career alternatives by providing information on career paths, sample job titles, and resources for more information.

My conducts a 10- to 15-minute interview with students seeking assistance with their selection of a 4-year college or university major. After accumulating and analyzing information about the student?s high school course achievements, course enjoyment, standardized test scores, and personal preferences, MyMajors recommends six majors from the most commonly offered majors.

WCIDWAMI (What Can I Do With A Major In)
From the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Career Services office, the site lists over 40 majors. Clicking on a major will provide typical career titles for the field, needed skills and characteristics, job listing sites, links to more career information, and associations/organizations important in the field.

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Multiple Occupations

Job Profiles
Experienced workers share job information: rewards and stresses, basic skills needed, challenges of the future, and advice on entering the field.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects for a wide range of occupations.

O*Net Online
The Occupational Information Network is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. As the replacement for the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), O*NET is the nation's primary source of occupational information.

Smart Skies
This site shows students how math is used in the workplace, underscoring the need for learning it.  Highly interactive, this learning resources was designed by scientists and education specialists at NASA Ames Research Center.

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Specific Occupations & Populations
A virtual environment where you can learn about exiciting careers in biotechnology and health care.

Construction Careers
Learn about career opportunities in the construction industry as well as in construction equipment manufacturing and technology distribution.

Deafness:  Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
From Gallaudet University, one of the most well known institutions of higher education for the deaf and hard of hearing, this site includes a link to Careers and Employment, which includes jobs and careers of deaf and hard of hearing people, becoming a sign language interpreter, and careers in deafness, for those who wish to work with the deaf. There is also an education link where you will find educational opportunities for the deaf.

Discover Engineering
For those who have no idea what engineering is and what engineers do, this informative site will fill you in. In addition, there are profiles of young engineers, their positions, and what they do on the job. There are even a couple of games.

Discover Nursing
This Johnson & Johnson site is all about nursing. Where to get an education, financial aid, information about shortages, and salaries and benefits. In addition, there are descriptions of nursing specialties and profiles of actual working nurses.

Disease Detectives
Students can learn about infectious diseases and occupations concerned with the science of identifying, preventing, containing and treating them.

Dream It.  Do It. (Manufacturing)
Learn about the exciting jobs and training available in the manufacturing industry. 

Engineer Girl
Sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering, this site allows viewers to learn about engineering careers and see profiles of women engineers.  As well, it suggests classes to take in high school in order to have an adequate foundation for future study in the field.

Engineering K12 Center
Sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education, this site seeks to gather and promote engineering education resources available to the K-12 community.

Environment Careers
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, this site is for kids in grades 4-8 to assist them in learning about the great outdoors.          

FBI Youth
Learn about the FBI through age-appropriate games, tips, stories and interactives.   

Guide Me - Careers in Engineering
A roadmap to a career in engineering, including the different types of engineering and colleges with engineering degrees. Video clips of different engineers talking about their work may be seen.

Health Careers in South Carolina
Pinpoints healthcare occupations in South Carolina for middle and high school students.

For those interested in careers in health. Especially good for students who want to work in a healthcare environment, but do not want to be a doctor or a nurse.

High School Journalism
Students with an interest in the field of Journalism will benefit by the information found on this site, especially the profiles of professionals working in different areas of the field. Other resources are links to high school newspapers, journalism schools, and journalism jargon.

Manufacturing is Cool
Explore interesting and challenging careers in manufacturing and engineering, and read articles about people working in occupations in these fields.  

Montreal Science Center
This web site has a bunch of fun and interactive games which encourage children to consider careers in the sciences including forensics and sustainable international development.

NASA's mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.  This site provides age-appropriate information and activities for careers in space.

Non-Traditional Career Information for Women
This web page from ISEEK, a Michigan Internet system for Education and Employment Knowledge, provides a list of multiple alternative careers for women with descriptions and wage information, a short assessment to help women determine if nontraditional employment might interest them, a skills survey for nontraditional jobs, the benefits and challenges and myths and realities of nontraditional work for women, and links to organizations and other resources.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Careers
"This site provides STEM career information, video, research and learner resources" for students, counselors and teachers.

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Military Careers
This is a compendium of military occupational, training, and career information. It is designed for students desiring to explore the military world of work.

My Future
This site offers information on career and financial planning. It has a special section on military opportunities as well as career assessment and job search tools.

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Labor Market Information & Wages

Labor Market Information
From the South Carolina Departgment of Employment and Workforce, research job outlook, occupational employment and wage statistics  find information for labor supply and demand, industry outlook, and wages.

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Apprenticeships & Job Training

What apprenticeships are, why they are valuable, and the occupations in which apprentices train.

Apprenticeships:  Career Training and Credentials
What apprenticeships are, the 25 most popular apprenticeships, commonly apprenticed occupations with the highest earnings and the most job openings and finding an apprenticeship program.

Apprenticeships - US Department of Labor
The US Department of Labor provides a definition of apprenticeships and links to agencies providing apprenticeship information and services.

Job Corps
Job Corps is the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16-24. Since 1964, the program has provided more than 1.9 million disadvantaged young people with the integrated academic, vocational, and social skills training they need to gain independence and obtain quality, long-term jobs or further their education.

SC Training Opportunities - Workforce Investment Act
The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce provides on-the-job occupational training opportunities by geographical area in SC and a search for providers of training services by county, by provider and by course name. Contact information for each provider is included.

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Quintessential Careers - Teenage Jobs, Careers, and Colleges
This is a career, job, and college site, offering free expert career and job-hunting advice (through articles, tools, tips, and tutorials), as well as links to all the best job sites. Special sections for teens, college students, and all other job seekers (by industry, geography, and job-seeker type) makes this site a comprehensive source for all.

SC Information Highway (SCIway) Jobs
A web directory of job openings sites in South Carolina.

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Adventures in Education
AIE includes links to web sites that contain information regarding post-secondary education, college financing, higher education, and other information that helps middle school, high school, and college students further their educational dreams.

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
AACC provides a community college finder nationwide and lengthy information concerning trends, statistics, costs, financial aid, and enrollment at community colleges.

Federal Student Aid
The U.S. Department of Education's site for college planning.

Mapping Your Future
This page helps middle and high school students with college, career, and financial aid choices through a state-of-the-art, public service website.

Parent & Student Information Center
This site for students and families, from the Commission on Higher Education, has information on the ACT and SAT tests, links to South Carolina colleges and universities, links to sites helpful in choosing an appropriate college, and links to financial aid resources.

Peterson's reaches an estimated 105 million consumers annually with information about colleges and universities, career schools, graduate programs, distance education learning, private secondary schools, summer opportunities, study abroad, financial aid, test preparation, and career exploration.

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Financial Aid

Fast Web
Touted as "the nation's largest, most accurate, and most frequently updated scholarship database online.

SC - College Financial Aid Directory
A web directory of financial aid sites for South Carolina.

Scholarship Scams - Federal Trade Commission
Tell tale signs to tell when a scholarship/financial aid opportunity is a scam. Sources of legitimate scholarships and financial aid.

The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web. 

The Student Guide to Financial Aid
This is the most comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of student financial aid available through the Department's Student Financial Aid Assistance office. Updated each award year, The Student Guide tells students about the programs and how to apply for them.

Ultimate Money Skills
This web site does much to debunk the mystery of applying for financial aid.  Included are topics such as types of loans, an application timeline, and a repayment calculator.

USC Financial Aid & Scholarships:  Non-Institutional Scholarships
These links can assist students in searching for gift monies that are not associated with any specific college or university.  There is a special section to assist international students.

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Parents and College Prep for Children

College is Possible
College is Possible is the American Council on Education's K-16 youth development program that motivates middle and high school students from underserved communities to seek a college education.

Student Aid on the Web
The goal of
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education,  is to ensure that all eligible students benefit from federal financial aid assistance for education beyond high school.

Send Your Child to College
A directory of internet links with advice and tips for parents of college bound high school students.

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For Teachers

America's Career Resource Network
Consists of state and federal organizations that provide information, resources and training on career and education exploration and is focused on helping students and adults make the best possible decisions about education, training and career development.

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