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.

Indiana Afterschool College & Career Readiness Standards
These 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.

Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment
You can also track your program’s college and career readiness journey by using our quality program self-assessment.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholar’s 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.

IYI College & Career Information
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 Indiana
A one-stop resource for Hoosiers on education and careers—including early learning, K-12 education, colleges and universities, and apprenticeship programs.

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

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.

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

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.

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.