College & Career Pathways
Not everyone chooses the same path after high school. For some, college is the right decision, while others may choose a vocational school, the military, or another type of job training program. The purpose of this page is to provide college and career pathway information to support and guide you in your decisions about your future. Your high school guidance counselors or teachers are also important resources and you should plan to meet with them regularly as you near graduation.
Resources for Your Future
Check out these online resources to help you discover information about college, financial aid, vocational school, career planning, budgeting tools, and more!
ASVAB Testing Program
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.
Auburn Career Center
This is your local technical career school center. You can learn skills and gain experience to prepare you for the workforce in such occupations as cosmetology, welding, health sciences, and construction. You may even begin attending classes while in high school.
Bureau of Labor and Statistics
The mission of the Bureau of Labor is to collect and analyze job market data for the benefit of the American people. This site contains a wealth of information for everyone about careers, salaries, educational requirements, and necessary skills. There are links for students containing games and important resources.
Career and College Planning
Resources to inform and help families plan for their children’s careers and college years, including high school graduation requirements, college and work transitions, college applications, financial aid, career-technical education and other learning opportunities
Career One Stop
Career One Stop is your place for career exploration, training, and jobs. Take this interest assessment created by the U.S. Department of Labor to help you decide what might be a great career for you.
Career Outlook articles provide data and information on a variety of topics—including occupations and industries, pay and benefits, and more. These articles are helpful for students, career counselors, jobseekers, and others planning careers.
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. This site provides registration information for the SAT, as well as free practice questions with detailed explanations, sample essays, and full printable practice test with answers.
College Credit Plus
Ohio’s College Credit Plus can help you earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students.
This is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). You need to fill out this online application before attending college to receive financial aid. Grants, loans, and work-study programs are all components of financial aid.
Get My Future
This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and it’s designed just for Young Adults thinking about their future. Take self-assessment quizzes, explore the necessary steps to attend college, and learn how to write a resume. It’s all here!
This website was developed especially for low income students who may also be the first in their families to attend college. Here you’ll find practical information (and inspiration) for students who want to obtain a higher education but may not think it’s possible.
Lake/Geauga Educational Foundation
This local resource provides scholarship information, ACT/SAT preparation, career counseling, and more to Lake and Geauga students. They can help you file your FASFA application and keep you on track with important college deadlines.
Khan Academy is a free, personalized learning resource for all ages. This site offers practice SAT tests, along with instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard which includes a wide variety of subjects such as math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. They have partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
Military.com: Ace the ASVAB
Military.com is committed to the mission of connecting the military community to all the advantages earned in service to America. Military.com is a division of Monster Worldwide. This link takes you to more information about the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, and practice tests.
Monster: What are soft skills?
Unlike hard skills, which can be proven and measured, soft skills are intangible and difficult to quantify. Some examples of soft skills include analytical thinking, verbal and written communication, and leadership. Check out this article to learn how you can improve your soft skills.
My Next Move/O*NET Interests Profiler
If you don’t know what you’d like to do for a living, this site will help you explore your interests. The interactive tools will match your interests and talents to related careers. This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Occupational and Outlook Handbook
Browse hundreds of occupations to learn more about what a specific job pays, its educational or training requirements, and outlook for future growth.
Ohio Higher Ed
The Ohio Department of Higher Education is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state.
Ohio Higher Ed: Career Technical Education & Ohio Technical Centers
Ohio offers many career technical options that prepare students for the world of work. Examples of these careers include nursing, information technology, automotive services, welding and cosmetology. There are a variety of choices in training programs, and many of them not only prepare students to enter into a career but also prepare them to transition to college degree programs.
Ohio Means Jobs K – 12
Use this site to learn about careers and planning for your future. Take a career interests survey and build a mock budget to learn about the cost of living.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this free database contains information about a broad range of careers. Learn about job salaries, skills, educational requirements, and work activities for over 900 occupations.
The Today’s Military website is produced by the United States Department of Defense. This site is not intended as a recruiting tool for any branch of the U.S. Military. Rather, it was developed as a resource for young adults, parents and educators curious about military service.
Today’s Military CAREER FIELDS & PROFILES
Choosing a career in the Military takes careful consideration. Below, start exploring our Career Fields & Profiles section to find jobs that fit your skill set and interests. Each page includes that field's typical careers, required training, daily responsibilities and associated civilian careers. Additionally, be sure to check out our career profiles for a personal look from a service member at day-to-day life in that field.
Washington Department of Financial Institutions
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) has developed this website to provide information about financial education and resources. It includes several games about budgeting.