Education & Workforce

College & Career Readiness

60% of future jobs will require some post-secondary education or credential.  Jobs will require skills and tasks that have yet to be imagined.   Reach out and engage your local schools, universities, and businesses to bring college and career experiences to your program.  See what your program can do to prepare youth for success in today’s constantly changing world.

1.) The Indiana Afterschool College and Career Readiness Standards outline specific steps and best practices for programs based on national research.  These standards were created by experts in education, youth development, and business.

2.) You can also track your program’s college/career readiness progress using the Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment.

3.) Search for Indiana out-of-school time programs that offer college and career readiness or enter your information into our online mapping database.

4.) Sign up for our e-newsletter and get the latest grants and best practices in college and career readiness.

College and Career Readiness Resources

Accredited Schools Online
This online college navigator and comparison tool has been designed to help simplify the process of comparing online colleges and programs. Users can evaluate distance learning options based on important factors such as enrollment, tuition, and academic program availability. Learn more here.

ACT Student
This site provides information on many aspects of planning for college, including career planning and financial aid. You can also register for the ACT and find materials to prepare for the test. Learn more here.

Exploring Opportunities in the Field of Youth Work – Lesson Plans
This material is intended to assist classroom teachers in middle schools and high schools in exploring career education in general and, more specifically, careers in youth work with their students. These activities serve as places for teachers to begin and easily lend themselves to full lesson activities or as supplemental activities to enrich career awareness or other planning activities. Learn more here.

College Board
These online tools and resources help students prepare and plan for college.  The “College MatchMaker” can generate a list of colleges to match student preferences. Users can also create and manage a personal list of colleges with “My Organizer.” And, students can get ready for the SAT by taking a free practice test. Learn more here.

College Grazing
These free, interactive self-discovery surveys to help students identify college needs and desires. Based on the premise that self-awareness will lead to better college decisions, College Grazing offers immediate feedback about college preferences, readiness, characteristics and much more. Learn more here.

Dream It, Do It
This website is for students and adults who want to discover the types of careers that match their skills, attitudes and passions. Learn more here.

Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs
View the 50 fastest growing, high-wage jobs of the future and see profiles of real people with these jobs. Learn more here.

Indiana Career Ready
These site from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development can helps align curricula to current industry requirements and strives to identify and continuously update in-demand occupations and skills required today and in the future. Learn more here.

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program
This program began in 1990 as Indiana’s way of raising the educational aspirations of low and moderate-income families. It aims to ensure that all Indiana families can afford a college education for their children. Learn more here.

IYI College & Career Counseling
The Indiana Youth Institute works to provide parents, educators, youth workers, communities, and civic and government leaders with the information and resources they need to ensure all Indiana youth are motivated to pursue the possibilities of postsecondary readiness, access, and success. Learn more here.

A dedicated website for the Indiana Commission for Education and Learn More Indiana on preparing for college. Learn more here

Learn More Indiana
A one-stop resource for Hoosiers on education and careers—including early learning, K-12 education, colleges and universities, and apprenticeship programs. Learn more here.

Online Colleges in Indiana
A comprehensive resource of information on earning your degree at an online college in Indiana. Learn more here.

Trip to College
A free website that helps make college a reality for Indiana families, created by the Indiana Youth Institute. Learn more here.

My College Options
A free service that provides students with the opportunity to create a personal online college and career planning profile. Students can match their individual needs, talents, abilities, goals, and interests with the offerings of 3,500+ accredited post-secondary institutions across the United States. Learn more here.

Roads to Success Career and College Curriculum Online
A college and careers program for grades 7 – 12. School-based and afterschool-based counselors can download materials free of charge. Learn more here.

Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant
The Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant provides free job training for Hoosiers in high-demand sectors from Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. Sectors include: Advanced Manufacturing, Building & Construction, Health & Life Science, IT & Business Services and Transportation & Logistics. This is a great opportunity for all students, especially those who may not qualify for other forms of financial aid. Learn more here.

INvestED shares resources and information about the college planning and financial aid process with Indiana residents. They provide free help that includes group presentations at schools, meeting with families, and useful resources on their website. Learn more here.