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.

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.

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

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

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

4)    Here are some other resources to support you:

Lesson Plans: Career Awareness AND Exploring Opportunities in the Field of Youth Work:  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. Lessons need to be tailored for individual schools and specific student populations and are not intended to be a complete or linear curriculum. Link to Lesson Plans.

Accredited Schools Online – Online College Navigator & Comparison Tool: The search tool below 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.

ACT Student 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. www.actstudent.org 

College Board: offers a variety of tools and resources to help students prepare and plan for college.  “College MatchMaker” can generate a list of colleges to match student preferences. The website also lets users 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. www.collegeboard.com

College Grazing: 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. www.collegegrazing.com 

Dream It, Do It: a website for students and adults to discover the types of careers that match their skills, attitudes and passions. www.dreamit-doit.com 

Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs: View the 50 fastest growing, high-wage jobs of the future and see profiles of real people with these jobs. https://netsolutions.dwd.in.gov/hh50/

Indiana’s Twenty-first Century Scholars Program: began in 1990 as Indiana’s way of raising the educational aspirations of low and moderate-income families. The program aims to ensure that all Indiana families can afford a college education for their children www.in.gov/ssaci

Indiana Skills: for job seekers and students to identify what occupations are in demand in their area. http://www.IndianaSkills.com

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. https://www.iyi.org/college-career-counseling/

KnowHow2GOIndiana: a dedicated website for the Indiana Commission for Education and Learn More Indiana on preparing for college.  www.Knowhow2GOindiana.org

LAUNCH College and Career Readiness Toolkit: includes lessons built on the principles of Youth Program Quality and the Developmental Needs of Early Adolescents and engaging activities for youth grades 6-12.  The curriculum focuses on four key areas for youth: college aspirations, educational preparation, college knowledge and planning, personal development. Transform Consulting Group 317-324-4070 or [email protected].  Website:www.transformconsultinggroup.com.

Learn More Indiana: one-stop source for Hoosiers on education and careers—including early learning, K-12 education, colleges and universities and apprenticeship programs. www.Learnmoreindiana.org  

Online Colleges in Indiana: Comprehensive resource of information on earning your degree at an online college in Indiana http://www.onlinecolleges.net/indiana/

Trip to College: a free website that helps make college a reality for Indiana families, created by the Indiana Youth Institutewww.triptocollege.org

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. www.mycollegeoptions.org 

Project GRAD®: has a 10-year track record of successfully helping at risk students make it through K-12 school systems and graduate from college. www.projectgrad.org

Roads to Success Career and College Curriculum Online: college and careers program for grades 7 through 12. School-based and afterschool-based counselors can download materials free of charge. www.roadstosuccess.org

USA Funds Unlock the Future: enables middle school students and their families to understand the benefits of postsecondary education, as well as how to plan academically and financially for higher education. The complete USA Funds Unlock the Future kit comes with a meeting-planning guide that will make it easy to plan, prepare and facilitate this program. The kit also provides workbooks, pens and other items to encourage students to continue to think about and plan for their futures. www.usafunds.org