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California Career Resource Network
Additional Career Exploration and Planning Resources
College Planning Resources
School Counseling Program Development
Teen Employment

California Career Resource Network

California CareerZone Workbook [PDF]
Provides background and a step-by-step process to assist students in using the site.

Career Surfer
Students can use the Career Surfer mobile application on their iPhones or Androids to explore 900 occupations by job family, salary, education/training required, or keyword search. You can even shake your phone to see random occupations.

California Career Planning Guide
Hard copy resource (100 pages) sold by the CalCRN that guides students in developing a personal career action plan. Free English and Spanish graphic PDF versions and English and Spanish text PDF versions are also available.

Additional Career Exploration and Planning

Bureau of Labor Statistics K-12 Teacher’s Desk
Bureau of Labor Statistics resources for teachers.

California Career Café
CA Career Café promotes greater student and workplace success by providing users of all ages and stages with FREE career information 24/7. The CA Career Café site encourages and prepares students to contact and visit their campus’s counselors and/or career center.

Career Videos by Student and Teachers from Next Vista For Learning
NextVista.org has a free, online collection of short, student- and teacher-made career videos for learners everywhere. Its careers collection has spawned activities in classrooms around the globe, and those interested can contact them from the home page about these free possibilities.

Global CTE Toolkit
The Asia Society has developed a Global CTE Toolkit to support CTE educators as they seek to prepare students for the competitive world economy, while offering a more engaging, motivating, and relevant education experience. The Toolkit provides resources, including: sample projects ready to be used in CTE classrooms, global career planning resources, workforce readiness rubrics, crosswalks of global education and CTE standards, global career profile videos, talking points, and more.

National Career Development Guidelines [PDF] [Chart version; PDF]
The National Career Development Guidelines (NCDG) are a framework for thinking about the knowledge and skills young people and adults need to manage their careers effectively, from making decisions about school to taking that first job and beyond.

O*NET Podcasts
This resource provides podcasts on a variety of career topics.

PBS Learning Media
PBS LearningMedia™ provides easy, instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans. You can search, save, and share. Free for educators.

Roadtrip Nation Series Curriculum
Roadtrip Nation’s Series Curriculum serves as way to create meaningful conversations between you and your students. The guides in this curriculum follow each episode of the public television series Roadtrip Nation, which correspond to a specific theme (e.g., fear, risk, confidence). Guides also include engaging questions to help students define their own Roads in life.

Standards for Career Ready Practice
These standards describe the fundamental knowledge and skills that students need to prepare for transition to postsecondary education, career training, or the workforce. These standards are not exclusive to a career pathway, a career technical education (CTE) program of study, a particular discipline, or level of education. For more information go to the CTE Model Curriculum Standards page.

The Real Game
The Real Game™ is a classroom-based career exploration curriculum that uses a simulation game model to help students acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to be career self-managers for life. The California Career Resource Network worked with The Real Game developers to make California the first American state to develop its own version of The Real Game™. This curriculum is now provided by Career Cruising.

College Planning

UC Resources for Counselors and Educators
The University of California (UC) provides counselors with information regarding application, admissions, and also downloadable guides.

UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) [PDF]
Seven University of California (UC) campuses offer a transfer admission guarantee to students from all California Community Colleges (CCC). Students must meet campus-specific requirements to qualify for a UC TAG.

School Counseling Program Development

ASVAB Career Exploration Program
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program, provided free of charge but the United States Department of Defense, is a free career planning and exploration program that combines a multiple-aptitude test with an interest self-assessment and a wide range of career exploration tools.

Creating a Post High School Plan
Richland High School in Washington has developed a comprehensive HS and Beyond Plan process.

Freshman Transition Initiative
The George Washington University's Freshman Transition Initiative, housed in GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development's School Counseling Program, has studied and identified the most noteworthy and rigorous state standards in this area to develop what it considers to be a definitive set of Course Standards for Freshman Transition Classes. The Freshman Transition Initiative also provides a Ten Step Plan for implementation.

Support Personnel Accountability Report Card (SPARC)
The SPARC is an opportunity to highlight your school's student support team successes by identifying key career and college readiness student outcomes achieved through your student support team contributions and collaborative work. For questions regarding SPARC 2014 please email the California Career Resource Network at calcrn@cde.ca.gov.

Teen Employment

CareerSafe
The CareerSafe program teaches young workers how to stay safe in the workplace. Job search plus: successful completion of a 10 hour online class results in an OSHA-approved certification card.

Financial Literacy Standards [PDF]
The National Standards for Financial Literacy provide a framework for teaching personal finance in kindergarten through 12th grade.

ServSafe
The ServSafe® Food Safety Training Program provides training and certification for employment in the restaurant industry.

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills [PDF]
Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success activities will help you provide your students with an introduction to the basics of soft skills. These materials have been designed with youth service professionals in mind–specifically those working with in-school and out-of-school youth, ages 14 to 21, on career and workforce readiness skills.

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills—Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success Curriculum
This curriculum (available in English and Spanish) was created for youth development professionals to use with youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills.

Work Experience Education and Student Work Permits
The California Department of Education provides information related to Work Experience Education and student work permits. E-mail Erle Hall at EHall@cde.ca.gov to obtain copies of the Work Permit Handbook for California Minors and the Work Experience Education Guide.

Young Workers
The YoungWorkers.org website provides teachers and counselors tools to help guide their students into the work world.  In addition to practical suggestions, users can access California's child labor laws and Cal/OSHA's workplace safety and health regulations.
 
Youth@Work
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) "Youth@Work: Talking Safety California" is a foundation curriculum in occupational safety and health. The curriculum is designed to be used in a classroom or other group setting and includes instructions for teachers and a step-by-step guide for presenting the material.

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