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Career Planning Resources

    • 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

    • 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.


  • 2020-21 ISBE Career Guide 

    • The Illinois State Board of Education Career Guide is now available for the 2020-21 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.

College Planning Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Illinois Colleges Forward  is an online hub launched in August 2020, that provides centralized access to COVID-19-related changes for more than 120 of the state’s colleges and universities, including placement and admissions test information and resources for transfer students.

    • Excellent advice from experts in the field of College Admission Strategies.

    • 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.
    • 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.