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Career Planning Resources

Sophomore Manufacturing Day Program 2023

    • Xello is an Internet-based career exploration and planning tool used by students to explore career and college options and develop a career plan. Click on the heading XELLO for more information. To go directly to XELLO click here. Seniors should change their email address on their account in May of their senior year to be able to access their XELLO account after graduation.

    • The PaCE Student Checklist is a tool to help students prepare for life after high school. Students can use this checklist at each grade level to explore activities and experiences that can help them prepare for college and career.

    • Your career and educational plans may change over time as you gain more experience and learn more about your interests. Exploring Careers: The ASVAB Career Exploration Guide can help you learn more about yourself and the world of work, to identify and explore potential goals, and develop an effective strategy to realize your goals. The Guide will help you identify occupations in line with your interests and skills. As you explore potentially satisfying careers, you will develop your career exploration and planning skills.

      Meanwhile, your ASVAB results can help you in making well-informed choices about future high school courses. You are encouraged to discuss your ASVAB results with a teacher, counselor, parent, family member or other interested adult. These individuals can help you to view your ASVAB results in light of other important information, such as your interests, school grades, motivation, and personal goals.


      Students who have taken the ASVAB can explore career possibilities by using their Access Code found on their score report and logging in to www.asvabprogram.com.


  • 2023-24 ISBE Career Guide 

    • The Illinois State Board of Education Career Guide is now available for the 2023-24 school year. The 52-page ISBE Career Guide has been refreshed with new and compelling career and technical education (CTE) and career pathway information, in-demand occupations in Illinois, and highlighted employers throughout the state. The guide is a comprehensive resource meant to better educate students, parents, counselors, and teachers on various career path opportunities available right here in Illinois.

  • Illinois High School 2 Career 

    • The Illinois High School 2 Career program provides students and parents with a wide range of information to help high school students explore future education and career paths that align with their goals for salary and job stability. Students can learn about different career paths, find information about employment and future earnings, learn about education/training needed for a career path, and compare college majors.

WANT TO BECOME A TEACHER? Students interested in becoming educators have the opportunity to earn an Education Pathway Endorsement from Fulton High School and the State of Illinois. Some of the benefits are below.

  • Completion of the pathway allows the students to earn a certificate of completion from the state of Illinois.
  • Golden Apple Scholarship
    • Golden Apple Scholars receive:
    • Up to $23,000 in financial assistance for college, inclusive of paid Scholar Institutes
    • Extensive classroom teaching experience
    • Academic and social-emotional support
    • Job placement assistance
    • Mentoring from our award-winning teaching faculty
    • Students will automatically move to Final round and be in the top 20% of the applicant pool.
    • Gives them hands on experience and early on.

Please click on the title above to get a copy of an Individualized Learning Plan chart and Education Pathway Requirement Check List to see what it would take to earn this endorsement.

College Planning Resources

  • 12 Reasons to Stay in Illinois-

    • This is your complete guide to admissions for Illinois State Universities. From tuition and fees to housing, scholarships, and open hours dates this guide can answer many of the questions you may have about Illinois State Universities to learn if one is a good fit for you! 

  • College Bound checklist- 

    • Senior year is such an exciting and busy time for Seniors. When it comes to college preparation, there are so many things to keep track of that the process can quickly become overwhelming. Parchment has created a college preparation checklist for the busy college-bound senior. Students can access step-by-step guidance on what to do, when to do it, with quick links to resources. Just download the tool, track your progress and jot down notes. Access the Digital Checklist Now!

  • Big Future - The College Board College Search & Selection tool-

    • You have taken their tests, now save all your college planning activities by signing into your College Board account and create your road map. Although there’s no magic formula for choosing a college, you can start by asking yourself some questions that help most students find the right fit. Learn about some key college search categories. Answer questions to discover what’s important to you. Get advice from college students and educators.

    • Explore more than 900 colleges that accept Common App. Find application requirements and deadlines. Each year, more than 1 million students apply to member colleges worldwide through our online college application platform.  Use this guide if you’re in high school and intend to apply as a first-time full-time freshman. It will walk you through the application from start to finish. Just click on the link and get started.
    • The College Tour is a TV series brought to you by multi-award winning producers.  The series tells the story of colleges and universities around the world. ​ Each episode of The College Tour focuses on a single college or university. From campus life, academics, housing, sports, activities, and much more… each student driven segment will give young people an inside look at what it’s truly like being a student at the featured college or university. Join us for a truly one-of-a-kind series featuring colleges and universities in a way they have never been seen before!
      • The College Tour TV Series now has FREE Self-Guided Video-Based Classes available. You will find a number of classes to help you learn about and navigate your higher education journey. Each class is video-based, using segments from The College Tour TV series. All videos in the class are told by your peers. The classes are for all ages, from middle school to high school students to adult learners. We have also found that teachers, counselors, and parents see value in taking these classes in order to have educated conversations with young people about their college search. All classes are FREE and take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete!

        When finished with your class, please enter your email address. This is where we will send you your answers, along with a certificate of completion. You will have the ability to also share your answers with your teacher, counselor, or parent/s.

  • College Questions to Ask Your High School Counselor

    • Get started on your college journey by asking your high school counselor these college questions.

  • First Generation Scholars Network!

    • If you will be the first in your family to earn a college degree, join our network to get support and resources from ISAC, your peers at your college, and colleges across the state! If you are heading to your first year of college this fall, we’ve got events and programs that can give you tools, resources, mentoring, and a great network of connections to make your transition and first year of college a whole lot easier—and successful.

  • College Visit Form - 

    • Junior and senior students are allowed 2 college visit days each year. The form must be completed and turned in to the Student Services Office 2 days before the visit. Parents are still expected to call in the approved absence on the day of the visit.

  • 12 Financial Aid Questions to Ask Your College -

    • Each college may differ in how much financial aid it awards, the number of scholarships and grants it makes available just for first-year students, what it calls each type of financial aid and its financial aid appeals process. In order to find a college, you can afford, it is recommended that students ask financial aid offices these questions before deciding whether to attend the school.

  • Student Mentor, Financial Aid, and ISAC resource help

    • Our representative from ISAC (Illinois Student Assistance Commission) has reached out with a resource she created for students and families to contact her this year. Due to the virtual nature that ISAC is in, this is also how she will be scheduling mentoring time with students. You will also see that there are various links in this document to ISAC programs and other financial aid resources.

    • Excellent advice from experts in the field of College Admission Strategies
    • Today’s economy demands a skilled, trained and educated workforce and completing a degree or certificate program has become a requirement for more and more occupations. In fact, research from the Center for Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University projected that by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the United States will require some type of postsecondary education. Vocational and career-oriented schools offer a specialized education for students who have specific career goals. Unlike community colleges and more general education avenues, students are able to focus solely on their career choice and receive training in the field.
    • ISAC's web-site is focused on helping students and families navigate the numerous steps involved in career and college planning as well as finding, applying to and paying for college. Also included are activities that provide tremendous support to improving the high school to college transition for students in need.
    • Students looking for online universities and colleges in Illinois have a large number of options available to them at both the public and private level. Many of the public higher education institutions in the state offer full online degree programs in Illinois. The University of Illinois’ system, the largest in the state, offers online degree programs through three of their campuses. They also provide a number of student services to online students. Even Northwestern University, one of the most selective colleges in the state, offers four online master’s degrees through their school of continuing studies.
    • ​​​​​​​This comprehensive guide uses measured student outcomes, job market statistics and other higher education data to explore the various benefits and drawbacks of the nation's most popular undergraduate major subjects. The goal is to provide a helpful resource for students who are unsure about which major is the best choice for them financially, professionally and personally.
    • ​​​​​​​This 2019 comprehensive list of accredited online schools and colleges covers over 32,011 fully online degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certificate levels. All schools are accredited by agencies recognized by the Department of Education, and they have an average annual tuition of just $24,606. All degrees were provided by the schools themselves or manually researched and verified using the colleges’ official websites. Our recommend rate is based on feedback from former students through our partner site and the largest database of independent online college reviews, GradReports.com. In addition to this comprehensive list, we provide rankings of the best online colleges.