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Career and College Planning Resources

June 2013 NCDA article about Today's Top Jobs and Educational Attainment

Accredited Schools Online is a comprehensive accreditation resource that provides prospective students and families with the tools needed to make well-informed decisions about online education options. This site provides a comparison tool that can compare up to four different colleges at once, making it much easier to find the pros and cons of each. The guide also offers information on colleges by state, by college majors, and list of best ranked colleges.

ACT is best known the American College Test college entrance exam which most colleges in WV require.  They also produce and provide resources for the ACT EXPLORE (taken in 8th grade) and the ACT PLAN (taken in 10th grade).  This website provides a wealth of resources for counselors, students, parents and teachers to assist with academic and career planning. Information on SAT exam.

Career Cruising is a web-based career exploration and planning system that helps students plan their futures. Students can use assessment tools to determine which career is the best fit for them, then explore detailed occupation profiles and examine comprehensive post-secondary education information. Students can move seamlessly through the career exploration and planning process, while building a comprehensive portfolio. At the same time, counselors and advisors have access to the real-time student information and statistics needed to track and assist students' with their progress and achievement. Students or schools may request free trials:

Career Technical Education Website/WV Programs of Study: The following links provide information to assist students in completing their ISTP Plans, including:

  • career and technical clusters and concentrations available in West Virginia
  • specific courses related to each concentration
  • occupations and industry certifications available
  • post-secondary choices for skilled and professional pathways
  • alignment with Policy 2510 and the National Career Cluster Standards.

Charleston Area Alliance Educator Industry Institute - - The EII was designed as an eight day seminar to which each day focused on a different industry sector. Educators spent the mornings in a seminar type setting receiving an overview of the industry and spent the afternoons on-site at an industry setting touring and connecting with industry professionals. Educators received a $500 stipend for completing the Institute. - See more at:

College Board
The College Board site connects students, counselors, parents and teachers to colleges and opportunities such as planning for college, taking the tests (SAT and others), Finding the right college, Getting into college, and Financial Aid.

College Foundation of West Virginia Web Portal - provides free career and college planning information for all West Virginians.

College Search Websites

Affordable Schools Online. This project is a comprehensive and informative resource that allows students to search for colleges and their respective tuition. With today's financial crisis, student's need a resource that helps them search for colleges by cost. Check this site out. It allows students to shop by tuition using a variery of search options including major, location and degree type. This information is very valuable to today's students who are not only dealing with a more competitive higher Ed environment, but also with the rising costs associated with them.

CFWV - College Foundation of West Virginia Web Portal - provides free college planning information for all West Virginians.

Hobson’s College View. Hobson’s offers online college search, campus events, books and articles, financial aid and scholarship information, career planning tools, and services for counselors.

Peterson’s College Guide. The developers of the well-known college guide have provided website services for guidance counselors, students, parents, and admissions officers.

Think College Early. The U.S. Department of Education initiative of college counseling for middle school age students is supported by a web site full of ideas, information, planning tools, and resources.


Financial Aid/Schlarship Resources

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Medical Assistant Degrees

My State My Life - - was created to help parents and students in West Virginia find the right path to the education and training they need for the careers they can hold right here in WV.

My Strategic Compass - Allows students to ... Assess Yourself, Explore Job Families, Budget Your Life and explore WV specific careers

Pathways to Success

America's Job Bank Visit this site to see how to find the job that's right for you.  Employers searching for someone like you post thousands of new jobs daily.


DOL Seal - Link to DOL Home Page U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Outlook Handbook Students can search careers by job title and job demand.

Onet Career Services O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

WORKFORCE WV Contains occupational employment and wages for State, MSA, Workforce Investment Areas and other states. Includes Skills-Based Projections.
Contains links to national sites, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other state LMI pages.

WV Clearinghouse The WV Clearinghouse provides a statewide centralized database and resource center for students seeking educational opportunities and employers seeking to hire West Virginians, as well as links to financial aid resources and trainers. 2015-16 Information Letter About Services to Schools

West Virginia Education Planner is your one-stop education website. This website contains information to find students find a career, choose a college, university or career school, apply and pay for postsecondary education, then move into the working world.  The site contains tools including career interest inventories, resume and essay builders, study skills, college search tools, information and applications for scholarship and financial aid, and registration and study tools for the ACT and SAT - College advice, college admission applications, pay for college, financial aid, scholarships, apply online for admission, online applications at Xap. WV Counselors Resource Manual  The Job Journey

The "Real Game" series at
Games for every grade level (grade 3-adult) teaching career exploration/research, work skills and character building. Call 1-800-700-8940 to order games and facilitator's kit, and call 772-461-4164 (Ethel Keeley … for on-line training.

CareerOneStop Logo Career One Stop Videos by Cluster

National Career Development Association NCDA Career Resources

Variety Of Career Information From American Career Resource Network