This page is for EVERYONE. Parents if you are struggling with what should I get into? How do I change my path? How do I get involved, then please, check out this page - https://wvctcs.org/wv-invests-grant, This program is a last-dollar funding program that picks up what your initial grants do not cover regarding tuition and fees at WV community and technical colleges. Take advantage of the opportunities available to further your education by obtaining your Associates Degree.
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 O*Net online that will bring up all careers that match the 3 letter code. Once you get to O*Net you also will find all the different careers, if they are green, have a bright outlook, etc. O*Net 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.
FINDING AND FOLLOWING YOUR PATH
Health Sciences and Technology Academy ATTENTION: 8th Graders YOU CAN APPLY to the academy. CHECK OUT THIS INFORMATION IN DECEMBER AND BEGINNING OF JANUARY.
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...
EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS (YOU NEED TO FIND YOUR PATH)
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.
THANKS TO THE NEW INITIATIVE, PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE... INVEST WV GRANT
The West Virginia Legislature just made paying for a high-quality certificate or associate degree a whole lot easier through the creation of the WV Invests Grant program! Sometimes referred to as the "free community college" bill, this is a "last dollar in" program - which means students use all of their other federal and/or state grant awards first, and WV Invests will cover the remaining costs for tuition and fees at West Virginia community and technical colleges. With 3/4 of jobs in the current economy requiring postsecondary education or training, this grant program is designed to help more West Virginians earn the credentials they need to get jobs that will allow them to live and work right here at home.
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 MILITARY AND FEDERAL SERVICE ACADEMIES
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
MILITARY BRANCHES FOR CONSIDERATION
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.
IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO THINK ABOUT FUNDING YOUR PATH AFTER MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION (FAFSA) Get help paying for college.
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.