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Following Your Path - Careers and Educational Opportunities



We introduced the following 5-minute weekly program back in the fall for all 5th thru 8th graders.  The module was designed only to give a brief snippet into the career clusters. Teachers were asked to show the 2-3 minute videos on Tuesdays so we could all stay on the same page.  The modules were just a taste and if something interested them, they could ask to know more.

16 Week Career Cluster PowerPoint - A source for you and your child/children to explore the different clusters of careers. HAVE FUN!!!

Don't let this page overwhelm you, we wanted to make sure we included something from every source we could think of; from trade schools to universities, to military and vocational schools. Have fun checking all the links out with your child and explore. You never know, you might find something that intrigues you.

What is a career?  A career is a path that one chooses to spend a good portion of their life doing, whether it be teaching, welding, coal mining, nursing, masonry, etc... It is the path you choose to fit your likes and talents. One of my favorite websites is a "test" that kind of points you to what your personality type is and the careers that fall into line with that personality type. Parents, you too, can explore and do these right along with your child/children.  It's not just for our students.   John Holland/RIASEC Test. Once you have completed all the questions, you will get a result and a link to ONet online that will bring up all careers that match the 3 letter code. Once you get to ONet you also will find all the different careers, if they are green, have a bright outlook, etc.  ONet is a favorite destination for me when I talk to anyone about the future and what path looks great for them.

Ask yourself ---- What do I need to do while in school? Make good grades, be respectful, responsible, resilient, and resourceful.  Purpose within yourself to DO the RIGHT THING in all situations, that way you won't have to worry when things get tough. What makes me happy? Coding, robotics, cooking, teaching others, working with kids, working with metal, woodworking, automotive (both mechanic and bodywork), forestry management, etc.  The possibilities are literally endless and you can become the person that you choose. 




Health Sciences and Technology Academy ATTENTION: 8th Graders YOU CAN APPLY to the academy. Do so prior to January 11th. Your contact liaison is Michelle Simms @ 304-667-0011 or email @ msimms@hsc.wvu.edu CHECK THIS PAGE OUT and SEE WHAT YOU CAN QUALIFY FOR!!!


WHAT CAREER IS RIGHT FOR ME? Aptitude Tests and other information regarding careers.

SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY Career Research Page, loads of Information for getting started.

BLS HANDBOOK available for research of occupations based on U.S. Department of Labor Statistics

O*net Online occupation searches and brief descriptions of what is forecast for a chosen career. What's hot? What's not?

WVDE EDGE PROGRAM This is a valuable resource for every student in the state of West Virginia.


FAYETTE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY - FIT - Our local vocational and technical school that can prepare to you enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. They have excellent programs and the teachers are phenomenal, with knowledge and experience.


NEW RIVER COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE provides accessible, affordable, quality education and workforce programs to meet the needs of the region it serves


CAREER KEY Career assessment and discovery that will empower you while making decisions for your future.

CAREER ONE STOP  an additional source for career exploration, training & jobs

CFWV.COM This is a crucial website for every learner in West Virginia. BOOKMARK AND GO HERE TO MAINTAIN YOUR EDUCATIONAL PORTFOLIO.

WVDE and the ARTS Are you creative? Do you enjoy performing? Do you have questions? GO HERE and EXPLORE!

GEAR UP If you are in one of these 10 counties in WV, you are eligible for a federally funded program to help prepare you for the future... Go to the link provided and find out if your county qualifies for the program. You will not regret it...




UNIVERSITY an informative website to help you make the decision if college is right for you.

MEDICAL SCHOOL - is this something you have thought of for after college? a guide to choosing the right school for you. 

LAW SCHOOL if this is something you have considered, here is a valuable site that can help you make the choice that is a right fit for you.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE excellent site information about community colleges. If you don't know at the moment what you want to do, consider a two-year degree and go from there.

VOCATIONAL/TRADE SCHOOLS what do they offer? A guide to help you choose a path.

TECHNICAL SCHOOLS finding the right school to fit your needs.


United States Naval Academy  Annapolis, Maryland serves BOTH the MARINES and NAVY

United States Military Academy West Point, New York serves the ARMY

The United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado serves the AIR FORCE

United States Coast Guard Academy New London, Connecticut serves the COAST GUARD

The United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, New York


U.S MILITARY Are you considering the military? Start here.

USMC Consideration of the United States Marine Corps

USN Consideration of the United States Navy

USAF Consideration of the United States Air Force

USA Consideration of the United States Army

USCG Consideration of the United States Coast Guard

RESERVES An alternative for full-time service.

USMM Consideration of United States Merchant Marines.




SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES Questbridge is a great site that leads you to scholarship search engines.

PRIVATE LOANS If you need assistance beyond Federal Aid, an excellent source to consider loans to help pay your schooling.